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Top French honour for UK World War veterans

William Allen after being presented with the Legion d'Honneur
William Allen after being presented with the Legion d'Honneur
Keith Whiting is presented with the Legion d’Honneur during a ceremony at the French Ambassador’s residence in London
Jean Neal is presented with the Legion d’Honneur during a ceremony at the French Ambassador’s residence in London
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Three veterans of the Second World War have been honoured with France's top military medal at a special Remembrance ceremony at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.

Northampton-born Keith Whiting, a veteran of the Normandy beaches; William Allen, from Field Marshal Montgomery's operational HQ and a member of the Royal Berkshire Regiment; and Jean Neal, who served at Bletchley Park's Code and Cypher School, were all presented with the Legion d'Honneur by the French Ambassador to the UK, Catherine Colonna.

"At a time when Europe was experiencing its darkest hours, my country was fortunate to be able to count on the support of its closest partner, the UK, and of the brave British people," the ambassador said.

"Our country's gratitude goes to these heroes."

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