Funeral takes place for D-Day veteran Harry Billinge MBE

The funeral takes place today of Harry Billinge MBE, one of the first British soldiers to reach Gold Beach during the Normandy landings in 1944.

Harry, from St Austell, Cornwall, died earlier this month aged 96. His funeral service took place at St Paul's Church in Charlestown at 1100hrs. 

The D-Day veteran spent more than 60 years collecting for the Royal British Legion. He helped raise more than £50,000 for the British Normandy Memorial and would visit the site in Northern France each year. 

Harry holds France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur and will be remembered for his fundraising work for the memorial to the 22,442 service personnel killed on D-Day, for which he was appointed an MBE in 2019.