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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Marc van Hasselt Awarded Légion d’honneur

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Local Keyhaven man, Marc van Hasselt (formerly Captain van Hasselt) has been presented with France's highest military honour, the Légion d’honneur. 

Marc served in the Essex Yeomanry during World War Two, and his honour was made for services rendered to France during WWII.

His Légion d’honneur was presented to him in Lymington Council Chamber by Honorary French Consul Captain Francois Jean. Also witnessing the presentation were Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, Royal British Legion members and three standard bearers. The award is France’s equivalent to a knighthood in the UK.

Serving as a Forward Observation Officer on D-Day, Marc's destination was Gold Beach at Arromanches. 

A detailed account of Marc's WW2 reminiscences and experiences that led to his Légion d’honneur can be read on the Tinstar website by clicking here.

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