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War veteran receives Legion d’Honneur aged 93 for her part in D-Day landings

A war veteran has received the Legion d’Honneur from the French consul for her part in the D-Day landings.

Sylvia Wild, 93, who lives in Llanishen , Cardiff , received the award at Llanishen Golf Club at a ceremony filled with friends, family and neighbours this week.

The Legion d’Honneur – the highest decoration in France – was presented to Mrs Wild by Marie Brousseau-Navarro, the French Consul in Wales, on Monday.

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Julie Morgan AM, Sylvia Wild, France’s honorary Consul in Wales, Marie Brousseau-Navarro, and The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Monica Walsh
Cardiff veteran receives France’s Legion D’Honneur

Mrs Wild, originally from London, joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service before being assigned to the HQ21 Army Group, where Mrs Wild was one of a number of women who volunteered to serve abroad.

Her service with HQ21 as a shorthand typist started with her posting direct from the training centre in 1943 and continued until she was demobilised in the autumn of 1946.

It saw Mrs Wild work in France, Belgium and Germany while transport links were being rebuilt.

The war veteran even documented her experiences in a memoir entitled ‘Woman at the Front’ in 2012.

French president François Hollande announced his nation would give its highest honour to all British veterans who fought for the liberation of France on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014.

Mum to sons David and Peter, the grandmother-of-two moved to Cardiff around 25 years ago to be closer to her family.

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The Legion D’Honneur, presented to Sylvia Wild, who now lives in Cardiff

The ceremony was attended by Mrs Wild’s family, as well as Julie Morgan AM and the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Monica Walsh.

Speaking after the ceremony, Mrs Wild said: “I really feel the honour that’s been awarded me is absolutely incredible.

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Family and friends at Mrs Wild’s award ceremony in Llanishen

“I really am over the moon about the interest that has been shown about my experience.

“It’s really quite moving. It came as an absolute shock.

“It couldn’t be a higher award. It’s absolutely incredible but I like to feel I’ve accepted it on behalf of everybody that went over.”

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