D-Day veteran receives Legion d’Honneur

A presentation of the Legion d'honneur was made to 95 year old D-Day Veteran and Eastbourne resident, Gordon Mackay SUS-151118-103208001
A presentation of the Legion d'honneur was made to 95 year old D-Day Veteran and Eastbourne resident, Gordon Mackay SUS-151118-103208001

An Eastbourne war hero has been presented with a prestigious award from the French government for his efforts in the Second World War.

A presentation of the Legion d’Honneur was made to 95 year old D-Day veteran and Eastbourne resident, Gordon Mackay by mayor of Eastbourne Janet Coles.

The presentation was made at the Redoubt Fortress on November 6.

The Legion d’Honneur was awarded by the French government to Gordon in recognition and gratitude for his part in D-Day on June 6, 1944 and the subsequent liberation of France.

Gordon enlisted into 208 Field Company Royal Engineers in June 1939 and was called up for regular service on the Declaration of War in September 1939.

Gordon was in active service for the duration of the War and also present during the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk.

He served in many of the major campaigns in France, Belgium, Italy and Egypt.

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