North Wootton veteran honoured by the French medal
A veteran who was wounded twice while fighting for his country in the Second World War has been honoured with a new medal.
Dick Low, 93, volunteered as a teenager and served with King’s Royal Rifle Corps as it helped to liberate Nazi-held Europe.
Now more than 70 years after hostilities ended, Mr Low has received the French medal, Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Legion d’honneur.
The French Government has issued this new medal to honour the Allied troops who helped to free Europe from the Nazis.
Mr Low, who lives in North Wootton, said: “I am not a hero but I am very proud of my regiment and what they did.
“It is the oldest rifle regiment in the country and has served in every campaign from the year dot.
“The battalion I was in served in the Second World War from El Alamein and then into Europe.
“I am very pleased with the new medal and so is my family.”
Mr Low joined up in 1941 at of 18 and started his military career by bolstering up the home defences.
When the battalion returned from the North African campaign, Mr Low joined them as they prepared for Operation Overlord, the invasion into Europe in 1944.
Mr Low, who served with the 4th Armoured Brigade, was part of the second wave to land on the Normandy beaches on the day after D-Day.
But he was soon called into action by taking part in the first British offensive operation after D-Day, Operation Epsom.
The successful operation, launched between June 26 and 30, was aimed to get the Germans to concentrate their attacks on British and Canadian forces while preventing Romel from moving his tanks against the Americans.
Mr Low was also part of Operation Goodwood, the offensive to capture Caen from the Germans.
But he suffered a shrapnel wound at the end of 1944 and later rejoined his unit in Holland.
Unfortunately in the spring of 1945, he was shot in the other leg while battling to get to the Rhine in Germany.
Mr Low said: “I was passed fit on the day the Germans surrendered so the war was over for me then.”