French honour for Chatteris war veteran

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A Chatteris war veteran has been awarded the highest French honour for his part in the liberation of France during the second world war.

Kenneth Peppercorn, 94, was presented with the Legion D’Honneur, the highest French order for military and civil merits.

He said: “I am immensely proud to be honoured in this way by the French people.

“I am planning to revisit the Normandy beaches later this year.”

Ken enlisted into the 8th Battalion, the Royal Scots, in 1942, where he was promoted to Corporal before taking part in the Normandy landings in 1944.

He went over on June 18 but was wounded and captured a few days later during the battle for Caen.

Ken spent the rest of the war as a prisoner, firstly in hospital in Reims before being transferred to a camp near Leipzig.

The French government has been presenting the award to veterans from many different countries for several years, as a way of honouring and thanking those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War

Established 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte, the decoration is awarded to all British veterans who took part in military operations in France between 1944 and 1945.