Harry Eddy – Legion d’Honneur; Crossed the Bar, May 2018

S/M Harry Eddy

It is with great regret that the St Neots branch have to report that S/M Harry Eddy, aged 95, crossed the bar during May this year.

Harry was a D Day veteran acting as a Wireman in Mark 4 Tank Landing Craft, a very under reported arm of the R.N.

One of his duties was to man the winch which controlled the anchor cable, before and after the cargo of tanks had been unloaded.

They had several hair raising incidents at Sword Beach and one was when the craft next to them was hit and was set ablaze.

While under fire, Harry and his crew fed a hawser to the other craft which winched both craft off together. They extinguished the blaze, towed the other craft back to Portsmouth and for this the crew were mentioned in dispatches.

Since 2014 the French Government announced that it would award France’s highest military honour-the Legion d’Honneur, to all surviving allied servicemen who had participated in the liberation of France.

Legion d’Honneur

Harry received his at Bedford on the 3rd May 2016 and according to his son Mark he was -“Chuffed to bits!”

It is a measure of the man that he stated that he never regretted the experiences but sincerely regretted that this episode in his life had been necessary in the first place.

Before joining the Royal Navy Harry joined the Civil Defence organisation at the age of 16, where he gained survival instincts which stood him in good stead during his service career.

Harry was an active member of the St Neots RNA, right up to the last months of his life and he always retained his naval sense of humour.

He will be greatly missed by fellow ship mates who send their sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Shipmate Harry Eddy