French honour for Brookmans Park veteran

PUBLISHED: 10:51 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:01 20 November 2015

Geoffrey Pulzer received the Legion D'Honneur from the French ambassador in recognition of his war service in Normandy

Geoffrey Pulzer received the Legion D'Honneur from the French ambassador in recognition of his war service in Normandy

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A Welwyn Hatfield veteran of the 1944 Normandy Campaign has been presented with a top decoration by the French ambassador.

Ninety-two year-old Geoffrey Pulzer of The Grove, Brookmans Park, received the Legion d’Honneur from the French ambassador, Sylvie-Agnès Bermann, at her official London residence earlier this month.

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was quite overwhelming.

“The French were marvellous.

“They are very emotional about their liberation, not like us tight-lipped Brits.

“It was a lovely house at the back of Kensington Palace, and they laid it on very, very well.”

He was one of 18 veterans to receive the insignia that evening, and heard a French student read out his war exploits in summary before the presentation.

Mr Pulzer, who spent much of his post-war career with oil giant Shell, was accompanied to the ceremony by his son, Philip, and his half-Belgian wife Julienne.

The couple have lived in Brookmans Park since 1953, the year after their marriage.

Mr Pulzer said he was grateful to Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, who pushed the Ministry of Defence to confirm his war record to the French government.

To read about Mr Pulzer’s wartime adventures, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, available in shops.


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