D-Day veteran raises £22,442 for Normandy memorial

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'I had a job to do for these wonderful men': Emotional moment D-Day hero fights the tears as he's shown huge memorial to the fallen comrades he helped to fund through poppy sales Harry Billinge, 93, raised £22,442 for a D-Day war memorial for Normandy  Mr Billigne waded ashore at Gold Beach at H-Hour on D-Day on June 6, 1944 The former Sapper with the Royal Engineers collected the money near his home The veteran from St Austell, Cornwall, appeared this morning on BBC Breakfast 

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 13:52 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 13:54 GMT, 8 November 2019

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A D-Day veteran appeared on Breakfast TV this morning and was clearly emotional when he was shown footage of a D-Day memorial he had helped fundraise. 

Harry Billinge, 93, was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers when he was one of the first men ashore at Gold Beach at 6.30am on June 6, 1944. 

Mr Billinge, who has raised £22,442 while collecting for the Normandy Memorial Trust near his home on St Austell high street.  

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