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On Saturday 9 June 2018 100 year old Norm Batterham was awarded the Legion of Honour by H.E. Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, at the Pt.Chevalier RSA. The citation for Norm reads:

“Mr Batterham, you were born in Portsmouth in 1918. You were enlisted in the Royal Navy at the age of 18 years old, served as a petty officer cook in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War, mostly on HMS Bluebell on convoy protection duties in the Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Arctic. Early July 1943, you helped to protect assault convoys during the initial landings of the Allied Invasion of Sicily. On the D-Day, you were posted on the Landing Ship Tank 238, helping with the convoy of soldiers and tanks to the invasion beaches and transported wounded soldiers back to England. You remained in the Royal Navy until 1948, then served the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1948 until 1951.”

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