Stradbroke RBL president presented with France’s highest honour

Ted Bootle (left) and Alan King (right) at the beaches of Normandy in France.

Ted Bootle (left) and Alan King (right) at the beaches of Normandy in France.

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The president of Stradbroke’s Royal British Legion branch has been presented with France’s highest honour, in recognition of his services during the Second World War.

Ted Bootle, 92, who lives in Lowestoft, officially received the Legion D’Honneur medal in a special presentation at the French Ambassador’s residence in London on Tuesday.

Serving in the British armed forces between 1943 and 1947, Mr Bootle is a veteran of D-Day, landing with the Army Service Corp as part of the 6th Airborne Division.

Michael Burton, chairman of Stradbroke RBL, gave his praise to Mr Bootle, stating: “Ted is a loyal and valued member of our branch and he has been a constant help.”

Mr Bootle becomes the second Stradbroke RBL member to receive this commendation in recent months, following on from Alan King, of Thornham Parva, who was awarded his medal last November.

Both Mr Bootle and Mr King landed on Sword Beach in June 1944, and the pair revisited the site during a trip to the French region last year.

Joyce Cooper, standard bearer for the Stradbroke RBL, said it was a “great source of pride” for a relatively small branch to now have two of its members recognised with this honour.

Mrs Cooper added: “It’s very well deserved and long overdue.”