Special honour for Rugby D-Day veteran

Cedric Wasser
Cedric Wasser

A Rugby man who took part in the D-Day landings has been honoured by the country he fought to liberate.

Cedric Wasser was presented with the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur during a special ceremony at Rugby town hall.

The 91-year-old, from Hillmorton, was nominated for the honour by the French president, François Hollande, in recognition of his role in helping to liberate France in the Second World War.

Yet Mr Wasser remains modest about his part in the landings. He said: “I’m no hero.

“I just feel lucky to have come out of the war all in one piece. I was under enemy gunfire all the time.”

Mr Wasser served in a Light Aid Detachment of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, which was attached to the 7th Field Regiment Royal Artillery of 185 Brigade, 3rd British Infantry Division, on June 6 1944 – D-Day.

He served in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Palestine and Egypt before returning to his native Birmingham after the war, where he worked for GEC testing electrical rotating machines.

Mr Wasser moved to Rugby in 1968 to take up a post of contracts engineer at GEC’s works in Mill Road.

He was invited to the town hall on Tuesday February 10 - his 91st birthday - to receive the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, which was presented by Robert Mille, the honorary consul for France in Birmingham.

The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Ramesh Srivastava, Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, and Mr Wasser’s family and friends.

Mr Wasser said: “I felt honoured and flattered.”

Cllr Srivastava said: “It was a great privilege to welcome Mr Wasser, his family and friends to the town hall.

“On behalf of the borough I congratulate him for receiving such a great honour from the French president in recognition of his contribution in the Battle of Normandy, helping to liberate France.”