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Portrait of Bexley D-Day hero commissioned

PUBLISHED: 11:30 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:30 08 June 2015

A portrait of Sapper Fred Norris.

A portrait of Sapper Fred Norris.

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The portrait is of Sapper Fred Norris.

A portrait of Bexley hero Sapper Fred Norris has been commissioned by Major Chris Thoms RE.

Mr Norris showed incredible bravery during D-Day and he was awarded a Military Medal for his actions- which included dragging a comrade who had been hit from the blast of a grenade into an alley to protect him and returning under fire to save two more men.

Mr Norris is now the last surviving member of 77 Armored Engineer Squadron from the D-day landings and the subsequent advance of the Allies to Berlin.

The portrait was created by artist Keziah Burt on behalf of 35 Engineer Regiment and 77 Armoured Engineer Squadron.

“To commemorate his service and his example I was commissioned to paint his portrait,” she said.

Read more:

Bexley man who was present on D-Day speaks about his memories

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