D-Day veteran hailed a 'true war hero'

D-Day veteran who single-handedly saved a Normandy village by firing at German soldiers from a church bell tower is hailed a ‘true war hero’ as tributes flood in after his death aged 98

Lance Bombardier Les Pring landed on Gold Beach as a 22-year-old in 1944

He made a defiant last stand in St Honorine to hold off Nazi re-occupation

Later received Military Medal for his ‘disregard for his own safety’ and was given hero’s welcome open return in 2017

The D-Day hero died surrounded by family at his Bath, Somerset home aged 98