War veteran commended for ‘outstanding bravery’ in World War Two

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 May 2019

Mr Bridges was honoured for his service.

Mr Bridges was honoured for his service.


A 96-year-old veteran has been awarded France’s highest military honour.

Graham Bridges, aged 96, has been presented with the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur for his outstanding bravery.

Clevedon Lions discovered one of its members of its partially-sighted club had been presented with the honour.

While Mr Bridges was delighted to be recognised, he declined to give details about his involvement during World War Two.

It is known that he served in both Europe and Japan and the medal is only presented to those who exhibit outstanding bravery.

It was formed under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte, the First Consul, to create a reward to commend civilians and soldiers after all orders of chivalry were abolished during the French Revolution.

It is rarely awarded but has gone to many soldiers who have died in battle.

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