D-Day veteran stationed in Bracklesham gets French honour

Ted Turner, presented with his Legion d'Honneur on March 23. Picture by Allan Hutchings
Ted Turner, presented with his Legion d'Honneur on March 23. Picture by Allan Hutchings
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A WAR veteran has received the Legion d’Honneur more than 70 years after he was at the D-Day landings.

Ted Turner, 89, left Bracklesham Bay’s South Downs Holiday Village on June 4, 1944, bound for the beaches of France.

He saw many of his friends die in combat as they took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Mr Turner, from Waterlooville, received the award from the French government on Monday (March 23) at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.

“It’s been an honour being here today,” he said. “I don’t know what I have done to deserve this. When I got this honour, it made me think of my friends.

‘Some of them never came back. Really, the honour is not just for me. It’s for my friends. They got killed over there and I continually think of them.

Some of them never came back. Really, the honour is not just for me. It’s for my friends. They got killed over there and I continually think of them

Ted Turner

“I get very emotional. I get very teary. I go to France every year in June and September. I’m getting to the age where many people don’t like me going there on my own, but I have many French friends.”

Mr Turner retraced his footsteps last June, leaving the holiday camp and heading across the channel to take part in the anniversary commemorations.

The ceremony was arranged by Mr Turner’s friends Judy Hill, 63, and Sue Harper, 52, who got in touch with the French government.