February 24, 2016

Veteran Receives Legion of Honour – France’s Highest Decoration

Second World War veteran John Horlick has received France’s highest honour for his role in the liberation.

Mr Horlick, aged 91, is a resident with his wife Doreen, of St Monica Trust’s Cote Lane retirement community in Bristol.

The French Government is awarding all surviving British veterans who took part in the liberation of France during World War II, the Ordre National De La Légion D’Honneur.

Mr Horlick, a veteran of the 1944 D Day Landings, was awarded his medal on 24 February in a special ceremony held in the Chapel of St Augustine. He was presented with his medal by the Consule Honaire de France, Josette Lebrat and the ceremony was attended by members of Mr Horlick’s family, friends, fellow residents and local dignataries.

The National Order of the Legion of Honour is France’s highest decoration, and was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

Serving in the 582nd Field Company of the Royal Engineers, Mr Horlick played a vital role in keeping the invasion force supplied as it advanced through occupied France.

Chief Executive of the St Monica Trust, David Williams, said “We are delighted for both John and his wife, Doreen who have been such active members of our Cote Lane community for 11 years”.

Charles Griffiths, President of the St Monica Trust and Junior Warden of the Society of Merchant Venturers, who are the Endowment Trustees for the St Monica Trust, said “I am delighted that John’s heroism is being recognised and celebrated today.

“Many of the St Monica Trust’s residents demonstrated tremendous acts of bravery during the Second World War and we are deeply grateful to each and every one of them”.

Mr and Mrs Horlick have been married for 66 years and have three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.