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British WWII veterans awarded France's highest honour

12 British forces veterans have been awarded France’s highest military honour for helping to liberate France from the Nazis during the Second World War.

The men are all aged in their late 80s and 90s, and come from across all the branches of the UK’s armed forces.

Receiving the Legion d’honneur from the French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann at her official London residence, they are the latest set of veterans to be awarded the medal since French President Francois Hollande promised to honour all Brits who had served in France during the Second World War.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports:

He made the pledge to around 3,000 veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014.

One of themen honoured today, Norman Powell, 90, was just 17 when he was working on a tank-landing craft which was hit by a mortar on D-Day.

Another, Sergeant William Ralph, 92, lied about his age to join the Commandos. He landed on Sword Beach on D-Day aged 20. During the course of the war he was injured first in the leg and then the arm, before helping to liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

12 British military veterans were awarded France's highest military honour Credit: ITV News

The 12 veterans honoured include five from London and one each from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire and Lancashire.

Albert Wright, 93, a former RAF Bomber Command Wing Commander from Abingdon in Oxfordshire said on behalf of the men: "We are most honoured to be presented today with the French Legion of Honour. We are indeed privileged to be here at the residence of the French Ambassador. I never did think that we would ever be here."