A man in Bushey who was given a prestigious award for his service as a Royal Marine during the Second World War was presented with a medal.
Oliver Dowden CBE, MP for Hertsmere, came to Quantum Care’s Heath House in Bushey to present Ernest Searling with his medal in recognition of being appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the French Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur.
This honour was awarded by the President of France in recognition of Ernie’s service as a Royal Marine.
The accompanying letter, sent by the French Ambassador in London, said: “As we contemplate this Europe of peace, we must never forget the heroes like you who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France. We owe our freedom and security to your dedication, because you were ready to risk your life.”
Oliver Dowden MP said: “It was a great pleasure and honour to present Ernest with his award. It was amazing to hear his stories and this medal is richly deserved.
“We were all really proud of him. It was really great to meet all the residents at the home and see first-hand the wonderful care given by Heath House and Quantum Care.”
Ernest said: “It was a marvellous occasion. I am very proud and honoured to have been given this award but I also feel very humble. I was ever so pleased to meet the MP and I though he was a thoroughly nice gentleman.
“I want to say thank you to everybody at Heath House for a lovely day and for looking after me so well.”