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Tribute to war hero who has died at 107

A charity has paid tribute to its "remarkable" war hero patron who has died, aged 107.

Rose Davies, from Shrewsbury, was awarded France's highest honour for her radar surveillance work during World War Two.

In her nineties, she became a befriending volunteer for Omega, an organisation working to combat loneliness.

Chair of trustees Linton Waters said Rose taught everyone "to go for life in a big way".

Ms Davies operated a radar surveillance system to monitor shipping in the English Channel during the D-Day landings.

The French government awarded her a Legion d'Honneur for her work, the country's highest order of merit.

Speaking decades later, she said: “I always felt my role on D-Day was insignificant in comparison to those brave lads who risked their lives and in some cases lost them."

Ms Davies, who settled in Shrewsbury, marrying husband Wilf and raising a family, volunteered for the Samaritans for 40 years.

She started working for Omega, which is also based in the town, befriending people. and because of her "amazing background" she was later invited to become a patron of the charity.

Mr Waters said: "Rose was a remarkable woman, we were so happy to have her working with us at Omega.

“I think that the thing she taught all of us is just go for life in a big way and don’t let age get in the way."

Tom Beverley began using the Omega charity after a period of ill health and said he really looked forward to volunteers' weekly hour-long calls to him.

“It’s an anchor in my week," he said.

The charity is hoping to find more volunteers to help out with calls and fundraising across the UK.

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