Glenorchy veteran receives high honour

A GLENORCHY resident has been honoured for his defence and eventual liberation of France during World War II.

Robert Unwin-Mann, pictured, has been presented with a Legion d’Honneur by the Legion of Honour.

The Legion of Honour – or the National Order of the Legion of Honour – is the highest French order of merit for military and civil achievement.

It was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and retained all of the divergent governments and regimes later holding power in France, up to the present.

During a small ceremony in Hobart, the French Ambassador to Australia Monsieur Christophe Penot and Madame Penot journeyed from Canberra to present the Legion d’Honneur to Mr Unwin-Mann.

Joining the Royal Engineers in 1939 at only 17 years of age, Mr Unwin-Mann served two tours in France, Belgium and Germany, not returning to his then home in the United Kingdom until 1946.

Mr Unwin-Mann is now 93 years old and is a long-term resident of Glenorchy.

The ceremony was hosted by the Honorary French Consul for France in Tasmania David Shelley.

In addition to members of Mr Unwin-Mann’s family and friends, guests included the Honorary Consul for the United Kingdom and representatives of the Ran, Army and RAAF stationed in Tasmania.