Great Western Railway (GWR) are will be holding a ceremony to mark 75 years since the 1939-45 war saw peace declared in Europe. They'll be naming 6 trains after the remarkable individuals involved in the conflict. GWR said those being honoured represented the armed forces, the intelligence services and the world of politics, and this remembered the sacrifice, bravery and tenacity that helped defeat Nazism.
Second World War hero and D-Day veteran Harry Billinge MBE was born on 15th December 1925 in Aldgate, London and his father was in the military during the First World War. Harry landed in the first wave at Golf Beach on D-Day at 6:30am and was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers. He then went on to fight in Caen and then the Falaise pocket. Then continued on to Belgium and Holland (the Netherlands) where he was injured.
He was awarded the legion d’honneur in Normandy on 9th June 2016 and has actively collected for the RBL poppy appeal for 64 years after the war and more recently for the British memorial which is under construction in Normandy. He has currently raised in excess of an incredible £25,000. Not only that, he was also chair of the Cornwall branch of the Normandy Veterans' Association and President of the Royal Engineers Association.
Harry will be having an Intercity Express Train named after him along with Wing Commander Ken Rees from Wales, who was a Wellington bomber pilot imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, and Alan Turing, who led Hut 8 at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, and was responsible for the breaking of German ciphers.
Head of Business, Chris Oxley and all at Carrs Jaguar are delighted to be supporting Harry's wish to drive him and his wife in a Jaguar, to the event.
Many Jaguars are made in the old Spitfire factories from World War II at Castle Bromwich, so we're delighted to have this connection to Harry.
that Sir Harry has a fantastic and memorable day and we are thrilled to be able to play a
small part in making it special for him and his wife.
1st picture: Harry aged 18 years old.
2nd picture: Harry in Goch, March 1945 where the area was almost totally ruined.