French bestow Medal on Deeside resident

Robin Bond in his Army days.
Robin Bond in his Army days.

A Deeside man has been honoured by France for his efforts during the Second World War.

French President Francois Hollande recently appointed long-time Deeside resident Robin Bond to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion d’Honneur.

The honour has been bestowed on Robin (97), in recognition of the role he played in the liberation of France during the Second World War.

Having seen Army service earlier in North Africa and Italy, Robin landed on Arromanches beach in Normandy on D-Day plus five.

In a letter informing Robin of his award, French Ambassador Mme Sylvie Bermann told him: ‘As we contemplate this Europe of peace, we must never forget the heroes like you, who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France.

“We owe our freedom and security to your dedication, because you were ready to risk your life.”

Robin participated in the Allies’ advance from Normandy into Belgium and Germany until the end of the war.

His military service ended in 1946.

Robin, who is originally from Lancashire, moved to Deeside in 1952 to farm at Glencatt and Ballochan (Forest of Birse), before retiring to Ballogie in 1986.

He is now a resident at Praesmohr Residential Home in Birse.