By Lara Keay For Mailonline
Published: 16:57 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 16:59 GMT, 3 March 2020
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 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