Mablethorpe man Jack receives top military French honour

Jack Quinn.

Jack Quinn.

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A well-known Mablethorpe war veteran has recently received one of France’s highest military honours, the Legion D’Honneur.

Jack Quinn,91, was presented with his medal at Sheffield Town Hall with the Lord Mayor of the city and a representative from the French Embassy in attendance.

Mr Quinn is also one of few war veterans who holds the Croix De Guerre - the French equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

Jack was in the Royal Marines as a Corporal and was active during the D-Day landings and regularly returns to Normandy annualy, to remember his fallen comrades.

On the evening of D-Day, Jack saw a boat of French sailors broken down in the sea and drifting towards the mines.

Jack recalls: “If they had just touched a mine, their whole boat would have gone up, killing them all.

“I took my boat and set off to rescue them.

“I didn’t rescue those men for the valour - I just did my job. I couldn’t watch them drift into mines.”

Jack retired to Mablethorpe 15 years ago and lives with his second wife Shirley, 79.