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Harry Billinge MBE, Ambassador & Fundraiser

Harry Billinge landed on Gold Beach at ‘H Hour’, 6.30am on 6 June 1944. He was just 18 and part of the first wave of troops. Harry was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers.

Harry dedicated his life to remembering his friends who never made it home and raised more than £50,000 for the Trust by collecting in his home town of St Austell, as well as inspiring countless other fundraising endeavours by the public. In March 2020, he was made an MBE. Harry sadly passed away on 5 April 2022 at the age of 96.

This is Harry’s D-Day Story, recorded in 2018 at the site of the Memorial and ahead of its construction.

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