8th Dec, 2016

Second World War veteran guest of honour at Pershore school

Aaron Wise 19th Jul, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PERSHORE Second World War veteran who was recently rewarded with the prestigious Legion d’honneur has visited Pershore High School.

William Brotherton recently toured the school along with his wife and daughter Sue Bryant, who used to be a teaching assistant at the school, where he received a warm welcome from staff and students.

Mr Brotherton received the Legion d’Honneur, which is a French order established by Napolean Bonaparte in 1802 and is the highest decoration in France, for his contribution on D-Day and the liberation of France.

The order’s motto is ‘Honneur et Patrie’ (Honour and Country) and its seat is in the Palais de la Legion d’honneur on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.

In 2014, French President Francois Hollande pledged to bestow all surviving British veterans with the award during his speech to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.