Local Veteran who has been awarded Legion d'honneur to lay wreath at remembrance fixture.The Royals are glad to be welcoming 91-year-old Second World War veteran Charlie Miller to Madejski Stadium this weekend for our Remembrance fixture with Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Championship.
Charlie joined the Royal Navy on 25th May 1943, just 16 days after his 18th birthday, and served in the armed forces until he was released in September 1946, carrying out a number of roles whilst serving his country.
The former Navy man started his training at HMS Collingwood, before serving on HMS Emperor between February 1944 and the end of the war. He was based on the ship which was in the English Channel during the crucial D-Day landings supporting ground troops trying to take beaches along the German occupied Normandy coastline.
Charlie still remembers proudly marching at the Japanese surrender of Singapore victory parade in 1945 at the Padang, with Lord Louis Mountbatten Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia Command.
The veteran was awarded with the Légion d'Honneur by the French government earlier this year – its highest distinction – for his naval service throughout the war.
The nonagenarian from Woodley and his family have been invited to Saturday’s fixture as guests of the club and will be laying a wreath pitchside at Madejski Stadium shortly before our 3pm kick-off against the Brewers.