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ALNWICK D-DAY VETERAN RECEIVES LEGION D'HONNEUR
92-year old D-Day veteran George Brewis from Alnwick was presented with the Legion D'Honneur at a meeting of the Alnwick Branch of The Fusiliers' Association last week. The medal is France's highest honour and the French Government agreed in 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings by presenting the award to all surviving veterans, not only from the five beach landing zones, but the wider Battle for Normandy and the subsequent Liberation of France.
At George's request the presentation was held at the RAFA Club, where the Fusiliers' Association meets once a month, and which was attended by George's family and friends.
The citation reads : "Mr George Brewis, whilst serving with the 3rd British Infantry Division, landed with one of the earliest waves on Sword Beach on D-Day 6th June 1944. His role was that of Dispatch Rider as a member of the Royal Army Service Corps, but for several weeks he was unable to fulfil his role, because of the limited terrain held. He was therefore employed on the beach unloading stores from the amphibious landing craft. More specifically he helped provide an essential stockpile of cans of petroleum. This petrol dump was subsequently attacked by German aircraft and exploded. George was involved in the aftermath and the re-establishing of the dump. He remained with the 3rd Infantry Division during the assault on Caen and he continued his service in Europe until the war ended in 1945."
However, this was not the end of George's Army service as, at the end of the war in Europe, the 3rd Division was posted to Palestine and George was not demobbed until 1947. In 1948 following his return to Alnwick, George joined the 7th Battalion, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorial Army) and served for 11 years having been promoted Corporal. Unfortunately he had to leave the TA following an accident sustained whilst on annual training.
After he was demobbed George worked for 20 years as a Mechanical Engineer for the Ministry of Agriculture before setting up in business as a Haulage Contractor.
In April 1952 he married his wife Ann and they have a son and a daughter, four grandchildren and one great grandaughter.
George told the Gazette " This award is fantastic and I am over the moon, although I feel that the medal should have been awarded to those lads who lost their lives on D-Day and in the battle to liberate France". George's wife Ann said: " I am overjoyed with this award as are all the members of our family".
The presentation ceremony was introduced by Major Alan Wall TD, President of the Alnwick Branch and the medal was presented by
Colonel Richard Jackson QVRM, formerly Commanding Officer of the 6th (Northumberland) Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who subsequently was appointed the Deputy Commander 15th (North East) Brigade and then TA Colonel of the 2nd Division.
George Brewis proudly holding the Legion D'Honneur.
On the left his Major Alan Wall TD, President of the Alnwick Branch of The Fusiliers Association and on the right is Colonel Richard Jackson QVRM who presented the award.
George Brewis with his Legion D'Honneur award.