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A 97-year-old man through Eastbourne continues in order to be awarded among Frances highest honours with regard to his role in the D-Day landings throughout the 2nd Globe War.




A former sergeant in the Corps involving Royal Engineers, Bill Edgeler has been within the initial wave of soldiers in order to land in Juno Beach in the Allied invasion associated with Normandy inside June 1944.

To honour his achievement Mr Edgeler continues in order to be awarded the particular Croix de Guerre.




Mr Edgelers son Terry said, He is very humble. He doesnt talk about his occasion during the war very often.






He had been fortunate to live along with go through it.

Mr Edgeler enlisted at the start of the war serving being an engineer in Northern France before the evacuation associated with Dunkirk.

After your evacuation Mr Edgeler returned to England, where he labored to create defences against any threatened German invasion.

He returned to the front line upon D-Day and survived the particular landing in order to serve inside the Allied advance via occupied France.




Mr Edgeler had been awarded the particular Military Medal with regard to his services throughout the campaign.

Terry said, He ended up being injured inside France and invested a while back within the UK to recover prior to he returned to his regiment.

They lost so many officers during the campaign, he was in cost involving his unit as getting a sergeant while they built bridges over your Rhine.

After the particular war, Mr Edgeler joined East Sussex Police retiring like a police sergeant within Hailsham right after thirty years about the force.




He now lives in Eastbourne along along with his wife May, 95.

The medal presentation will come as component of the quantity of awards since your 70th anniversary of D-Day. French President Franois Hollande pledged to always be able this to honour British veterans whom had served in France throughout the war.

Terry requested his fathers medal via your Ministry associated with Defence last year.

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