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Maurice Ralph Sadler, Legion d'Honneur

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Maurice Ralph Sadler was a proud Normandy veteran, having joined the Royal Marines in May 1942.
    In November 2015 he was honoured and delighted to receive France’s highest military award, The Legion d’Honneur.
    He and wife Mary celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last month.
    Born in Middlesex in August 1924, Maurice joined the Marines aged 17. His landing craft escorted the Canadian army as it landed on Juno beach on D-Day, June 6 1944, and later supported Royal Marines Commandos at Sword beach.
    His son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Christine Sadler, take up the story:
    “On his return from the harrowing experience of spending a further 16 weeks at sea protecting the landing beaches of Normandy, Maurice was posted to Sandwich, Kent. It was there that he met the love of his life Mary Burke, a serving Wren based at HMS Robertson.
    “Maurice was given a choice for his next posting: the Far East to fight the Japanese or Scarborough to become Base Corporal for the Royal Marines School of Music. Guess which posting he chose!
    “Mary and Maurice wed, in Coventry, on May 4 1946. They were very happily married for more than 75 years, a wonderful achievement."
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