Former Catering Manager, Frank Brown honoured for D-Day courage

Frank Brown wearing his Legion d'Honneur medal.

Congratulations to our former colleague Frank Brown, who has been awarded the prestigious French “Legion d’Honneur” for his outstanding military service on D-Day in June 1944.

Frank, now aged 93, was presented with his award by the French Consul at a ceremony at the Air Museum in Elvington, and later attended a celebration event hosted by the Mayor of Barnsley.

The “Legion d’Honneur” is the highest French order of merit for military service, and has only recently been extended to non-French veterans.

Frank’s award recognises his exceptional service to both Britain and France during the Second World War, and in particular, his contribution to the great success of D-Day.

A volunteer in the Royal Navy at just 20 years old, Frank played a key role in the Normandy landings that began the liberation of northwestern Europe from Nazi control.

Battling atrocious weather conditions, Frank served onboard torpedo boats in the English Channel, and provided essential support to his fellow soldiers.

Frank became our Catering Manager in 1970, when our University comprised just 2,400 students. Following a highly-celebrated career, which included organising a dinner event for the Prime Minister of Singapore as well as many graduation receptions, he retired in 1983.

We wish Frank our warmest congratulations on this well-deserved honour.