Armadale WWII vet awarded Legion of Honour by French Govt


Derek Cray was presented with his award from the French government by his family in Armadale.
Derek Cray was presented with his award from the French government by his family in Armadale.

AN Armadale resident has just been recognised by the French government for his contribution to the liberation of the country in World War II.

On D-Day – June 6, 1944 – Derek Cray was a Midshipman on Landing Craft LCT 795.

In June 1945, Mr Cray sailed from Dartmouth with English and American troops as well as a bulldozer, four sledges of beach matting and a mobile crane, later coming under attack with shells bursting around them.

In recognition of his efforts, the French government has awarded Mr Cray the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, which translates to Knight to the Legion of Honour.

The Dale Cottages resident received his award at a special event at J.E. Murray Home.

“Derek Cray’s family arranged for a surprise morning tea to present him with the ‘Chevalier de Honneur’ medal insignia,” facility manager Sarah Jeanes said.

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