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Tributes as D-Day veteran Harry Billinge dies aged 96


The former British Army engineer, who hailed from Cornwall, died following a short illness, his family confirmed today (Tuesday). Sally Billinge-Shandley, his daughter, reflected on his “unwavering” passion.

Mr Billinge was attached to the 44 Royal Engineer Commandos.

On June 6, 1944, he was among those in one of the four units to survive the attack on Gold Beach, Normandy.

After leaving the army, he spent over sixty years collecting poppy donations for the Royal British Legion.

In 2020, he was appointed an MBE after raising over £25,000 to build a memorial honouring his fallen comrades.

Ms Billinge-Shandley said: “The passion he had for all the veterans that lost their lives was unwavering.

“He was a man that always gave his word, his word was solid.”

Reacting to the news, the Veterans Charity said: “We are deeply saddened to learn that dear Harry Billinge MBE has passed away.

“We were extremely honoured to know Harry. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Sheila and family.”

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