D-Day veteran Horace Billinge gets MBE at Buckingham Palace dedicates it to ...

D-Day veteran, 94, behind memorial to honour the heroes of the Normandy Campaign receives MBE from the Queen and dedicates it to fallen comrades who 'inspired' his charitable work Horace 'Harry' Billinge was 18 when he stormed Normandy beaches in June 1944 He was driven to Buckingham Palace in a Bentley to collect his MBE today  Dedicated his medal to the 22,442 personnel killed on D-Day during the battle 

By Lara Keay For Mailonline

Published: 16:57 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 16:59 GMT, 3 March 2020

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A D-Day veteran who was one of the first British soldiers to land on Gold Beach has dedicated his MBE to his fallen comrades who 'inspired' him.

Former Royal Engineer Horace 'Harry' Billinge was just 18 when he stormed the beaches in German-occupied Normandy during the landings of June 6 1944.

The horrifying scenes he witnessed stayed with him after the Second World War and inspired him to raise thousands for a national memorial to those who died in the conflict.

Now aged 94, the sapper from St Austell in Cornwall, today received his MBE medal from the Queen for his services to charitable fundraising.

He was transported to Buckingham Palace in a Bentley to collect the honour on Tuesday.

Harry Billinge, 94, is pictured proudly posing with his MBE medal at Buckingham Palace today

Mr Billinge, who walks with a stick (pictured with the Queen), said he wanted his MBE dedicated to the 22,442 service personnel killed on D-Day and during the Battle for Normandy

Mr Billinge, who walks with a stick (pictured with the Queen), said he wanted his MBE dedicated to the 22,442 service personnel killed on D-Day and during the Battle for Normandy

Mr Billinge, who was 18 on D-Day, is pictured talking to the Queen at his investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday

Mr Billinge, who was 18 on D-Day, is pictured talking to the Queen at his investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 

Mr Billinge, who walks with a stick, said he wanted his MBE dedicated to the 22,442 service

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