A 90-year-old Liverpool Catenian has been awarded the French Legion of Honour in recognition of his services in France during World War II.
Tim Fitzgerald received by post his admittance to the highest French military and civilian order, the Légion d’honneur, with the prospect of a presentation ceremony to come. The nonagenarian served with the Irish Guards, seeing action at D-Day in Normandy, at Nijmegen and Arnhem – either side of the Rhine in the Netherlands – as well as in northern Germany. With his unit he helped to capture the notorious traitor and Nazi propagandist Lord Haw Haw.
"This is a great honour for Tim and recognises his war service," said local Catenian president David Willson. "I have congratulated him on behalf of the Catenians and Brothers."
Fitzgerald, a former president of 164 Circle of the Catenians who lives in the former Saint Paschal Baylon parish, was also the recipient of a Papal Blessing from Pope Saint John Paul II for services to the nuns at Knolle Park. Post war he was in the Territorials and the Irish Guards Choir. After training towards the priesthood, he rejoined Merseyside Police where he met his future wife Pat. They have four sons.
He also served as a Catholic schools governor for many years.