Honour for Spalding shipmate

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Spalding Royal Naval Association Shipmate Charles Angel has received the highest medal that France can bestow.

He received the Chevalier De La Légion d’Honneur just before his 90th birthday.

Terry Day, Spalding Royal Naval branch secretary, said: “We at Spalding Royal Naval Association are so pleased and proud that our shipmate is one of those lucky few to receive such a prestigious award.”

Mr Angel entered service in the Royal Navy as a 17-year-old Able Seaman and left the service in 1947.

The Légion d’Honneur is awarded by the French Government to survivors of the D-Day campaign in Normandy in June 1944, during which time Mr Angel was serving on board HMS Havelock H88.

At the end of the war he was awarded the 1939-45 Star, France, Germany and Atlantic Star and 1939-45 War Medal.

Terry says: “After living and working in London all his life, upon his retirement he and his wife decided on a quieter life and settled in the Spalding area.”

• In the autumn we reported that Bourne veteran Samuel Todd (92) received the Chevalier De La Légion d’Honneur for his part in the D-Day landings of over 70 years ago.

Samuel, originally from Holbeach, was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Marine Commandos during World War 2.

He was aged 21 when the famous landings took place.

When the Free Press spoke to him, Samuel said: “It’s not what I’d call a gallantry medal... it’s a thank you for my service during the war.”

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