Joondanna veteran awarded French Legion of Honour


RSL WA representative Gavin Briggs and French National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient Kenneth Burt.
RSL WA representative Gavin Briggs and French National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient Kenneth Burt.

A JOONDANNA resident has been presented with France’s highest recognition for civil and military merits.

Kenneth Burt (92) was presented with France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour by Returned and Services League WA representative Gavin Briggs in front of fellow residents at Bethanie Lifestyle Village in Joondanna.

Mr Burt joined the British armed forces as an 18-year-old and was a ferryman at Normandy during D-Day, taking troops back and forth from the transport ships.

The French Government has recently decided to award their highest honour to surviving Allied servicemen who helped liberate their nation.

During his acceptance speech, he told attendees his memory of the day was horrible and he became a stretcher bearer picking up the wounded.

Mr Burt later fought with the Allied forces that captured Caen as a Royal Marine Commando, in the north-west European campaign in an infantry role and with forces that re-took Belgium.

He is known for his excellent memory and love of building warship models.

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