Veterans

WWII Veteran Becomes 6,000th Legion D'Honneur Recipient

Former MI6 agent Geoffrey Pidgeon was given France's highest civil and military honour.

A Second World War veteran has become the 6,000th person to ever receive France's highest civil and military honour.

Former MI6 agent Geoffrey Pidgeon has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur, for his efforts in setting up wireless communications for the D-Day landings.

Five-thousand nine-hundred and ninety-nine other former service personnel have been honoured with the accolade since the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014.

Then-French President Francois Hollande announced all British veterans who helped to liberate France would be recognised.

The Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, described it "as a reminder of the debt we owe this special generation for the peace and freedom we now enjoy".

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, Veteran Geoffrey Pidgeon and French Ambassador Catherine Colonna
Veteran Geoffrey Pidgeon alongside Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace and French Ambassador Catherine Colonna (Picture: MOD).

Mr Pidgeon said: "They made a fuss of me today. 

"I found it extraordinary to be number 6000 and I think every one of the 6000 must feel as honoured as I am."

French Ambassador Catherine Colonna attended the ceremony today said: "This milestone serves as a reminder of the selfless efforts of millions of brave British men and women throughout the war.

"Our country will never forget their fortitude, and this highlights the enduring strength of the Franco-British relationship."