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Hull veteran calls for British Expeditionary Force honour

A 101-year-old veteran's petition calling for the few remaining soldiers who served in France at the start of World War Two to be honoured is being supported by Hull City Council.

Hugh Powell
Powell Family

Hugh Powell (pictured), who was deployed to France with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) during 1939 and 1940, is calling for their role in the war to be recognised.

British veterans who helped liberate France have been given the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest military and civilian honour.

But Mr Powell and his son Trevor wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron suggesting he extend the award to the few remaining members of the BEF, however no action has so far been taken.

So they have now started a petition to honour the role of the BEF.

Councillor Alan Gardiner said: “Many people from the Hull area served with distinction in France in the 1939-40 British Expeditionary Force and so this petition may affect many people in the city.”