French honour for teen who wired D-Day's radio control

A model ship led to youngster's wartime recruitment to MI6

A World War Two hero who played a pivotal role in setting up wireless communications for the D-Day landings has become the 6,000th veteran to receive the Légion d’honneur.

The honour was a welcome surprise for Geoffrey Pidgeon, 93, who worked at MI6 as a teenager.

“My father worked at MI6 and my mother was a Red Cross nurse,” he said. “I wasn’t very good at school. I didn’t enjoy it much.

“One day, I made a model of HMS Nelson, complete with working gun turrets, and my father took it into work.

“When his boss saw it, he said ‘We could use that lad’, and that was that. I joined MI6 and learned to make radios and wire ...

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