John Baker D-Day veteran
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Have You Seen This D-Day Veteran's Missing Medal?

John Baker misplaced his Legion D'Honneur medal while attending an event on HMS Belfast in London.

John Baker D-Day veteran

John Baker lost the Legion d'Honneur medal a week ago (Picture: Blind Veterans UK/Twitter).

A 93-year-old D-Day veteran is appealing for help to find his Legion D'Honneur medal lost while attending commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

John Baker was a private in the Royal Pioneer Corps when he took part in the operation that led to the routing of the Nazis from occupied France.

Mr Baker, from Gosport, Hampshire, misplaced the Legion d'Honneur medal, the highest award handed out by the French Government, during a D-Day event on HMS Belfast in London on June 6.

The veteran, who has lost his sight from age-related macular degeneration, hopes to find the medal before an event next week.

"I'm due to visit the war graves in France next week and I would be so proud to wear that medal again there," he said.

"I was so proud to receive the Legion d'Honneur because I wasn't just accepting it for me but for all those who didn't make it back or weren't alive to get their own.

"I really hope someone has found it and it can be returned."

Mr Baker joined the General Service Corps in September 1942 and three months later transferred to the Hampshire Regiment.

In May 1943, he transferred to the Royal Pioneer Corps and landed in Normandy on D-Day.

A Blind Veterans UK spokesman said Mr Baker helped to build a bridge across the Rhine during the advance into Germany, before being transferred back to the Hampshire Regiment in March 1947, serving in Austria.

"He then returned to Reading before going to Eritrea. Discharged in March 1950, he joined the Merchant Navy. He then became a school caretaker in Gosport, retiring at 64," a spokesperson for the charity said.

Anyone with information on the missing medal should contact Blind Veterans UK.