New Year Honours: War veteran Edward Slater dedicates MBE to all D-Day veterans

Edward Slater from Colchester has been the national chairman of the Normandy Veterans Association has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours. Edward Slater from Colchester has been the national chairman of the Normandy Veterans Association has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours.

Monday, December 30, 2013
10:35 PM

A war veteran from Colchester has been given an MBE for voluntary service to the Normandy Veterans Association - specifically in his role as national chairman.

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A war veteran from Colchester has been given an MBE for voluntary service to the Normandy Veterans Association - specifically in his role as national chairman.

Edward Slater, 89, was among almost 62,000 British troops who landed on the coast of Normandy in northern France on June 6, 1944, as part of an allied invasion force totalling more than 156,000.

Around 4,414 servicemen died on D-Day alone.

Mr Slater, who served as an Able Seaman Gunner in the Royal Navy for four years, said: “I was totally surprised when I opened the letter asking if I would accept the MBE.

“I’m accepting it for every Normandy veteran. To me, this award is in recognition of what they did on June 6.”

The veteran, who also worked in Palestine with the police, is hoping to travel to Normandy next year for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Mr Slater, who has four children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, added: “I don’t like the tag ‘war hero’ and I have never come across any serviceman who likes being called that. I am a war veteran, not a war hero.”

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