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Top honour for Ravenshead war hero


A Ravenshead war hero is to be presented with France’s highest military honour this week for his role in helping liberate the country during the Second World War.

Nonagenarian Don Sutton will be presented with the Legion d’Honneur during a special service at Gedling Borough Council’s Civic Centre this Thursday (May 11) .

The award, which is the highest honour the French can bestow, will be formally presented to 99-year-old Mr Sutton by the French Consul in the East Midlands, M. Jean-Claude Lafontaine, for his part in the liberation of France in the summer of 1944.

His regiment, the North Somerset Yeomanry, one of the last horseback regiments who fought on horseback, played a large role in the liberation of France.

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Also in attendance will be Mr Sutton’s family, his carers and senior military officers including the Vice Lord Lieutenant.

The Mayor of Gedling will also be present along with Councillors and members of Gedling Borough Council’s senior leadership team.

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