Cornish D-Day veteran Harry Billinge appointed MBE by Queen

A D-Day veteran from Cornwall has been appointed an MBE by the Queen.

Harold ‘Harry’ Billinge, from St Austell, was presented with the honour during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today (March 3).

The 94-year-old said he accepted the award in memory of those “who never came back”.

Mr Billinge was just 18-years-old when he landed on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944.

Watch: The moment Mr Billinge was awarded his MBE by the Queen

It was hell on earth. Murder. The sea was red with blood, human blood.

Harry Billinge

The veteran, who also holds France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur, is well-known for his charity work in Cornwall - [where he has collected for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal for more than 60 years.](http://Much-loved Cornish veteran helps raise thousands to remember fallen D-Day comrades)

Mr Billinge speaking with the Queen. Credit: ITV News West Country