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MP attends ceremony for survivor of D-Day landings

January 30, 2017 2:42 PM

MP Greg Mulholland attend the ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall on Friday, where Edward Juniper was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, the Legion of Honour, the highest French order for military and civil merits.

Mr Juniper, 91, was part of the D-Day landings on the beach of Arromanches during the invasion of Normandy.

Mr Juniper landed at Arromanches on the 6th June 1944 in the advance party of the 11th battalion Durham light infantry with the 49th division.

At the end of this campaign due to casualties he joined with the East Yorkshire regiment and fought to the breakthrough at the village of Tilly-sur-Seulles.

Mr Juniper then advanced through Germany, taking part in the relief of Belsen camp in April 1945.

Greg Mulholland had become involved after Mr Juniper's family applied to the Ministry of Defence, having been advised that France was awarding the Legion of Honour to all surviving D-Day landing veterans. However, after not hearing back from the Ministry of Defence, Mr Juniper's family contacted Mr Mulholland, who raised the case and ensured that the application was processed and that Mr Juniper was able to attend the ceremony to be awarded the Legion of Honour.

Mr Juniper was one of three veterans receiving the Legion of Honour at the reception in Civic Hall.

Legion of HonourCommenting, Greg said:

"I was an honour to attend the ceremony and join Ted Juniper and his family. The Chevalier Legion of Honour is the highest honour that France can give and one that is well deserved for Ted's service in the D-Day landings and then in Normandy, part of the allied forces that ended the Second World War. I know that Ted's family is hugely proud of him and everyone in Leeds is too.

"I am delighted that I was able to assist in Ted being awarded the medal and it was fitting that this took place at Leeds Town Hall alongside two other similarly brave World War Two veterans. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these men who fought and risked their lives for our freedom and the French do so also for their part in liberating France. So it is appropriate that he and they have been honoured in this way and we also remember those who didn't return and who gave their lives in those days and months".