PICTURES: Tribute to a hero of the Occupation

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Following a long and extraordinary life, Occupation hero Bob Le Sueur died on Saturday (5th November) at the age of 102. During the years of German rule, Mr Le Sueur risked arrest and death by helping to shelter Russian slave workers under the noses of the occupying forces.

From left: René Franoux, Feodor Buriy (also known as Russian Bill) and Bob Le Sueur taken in June 1945 just before Russian Bill’s departure from Jersey Picture: SOCIETE JERSIAISE

It was these repeated acts of bravery that led him to become a much-loved and respected Islander. In 2007, a portrait of Mr Le Sueur commissioned by Jersey Heritage was unveiled at Jersey Museum as a lasting tribute to his lifelong commitment to the Island.

Mr Le Sueur at the unveiling of his Jersey Heritage Trust portrait Picture: JON GUEGAN (34617392)

And in 2013 he was made an MBE for his services to the community and was also decorated by the Soviet Union for his courage in helping Russian prisoners.

Bob Le Sueur and Shiel Ross at the Slave Workers’ Memorial at Westmount Picture: ROB CURRIE (34617414)

His wartime acts of bravery were documented in his memoir, Growing up Fast, published in 2020. But in the years since the war he continued to play an active role in Island life, attending the annual slave workers’ memorial at Westmount and keeping the memory of the Occupation alive by giving talks and taking part in documentaries. Here are some pictures of Mr Le Sueur over the

Mr Le Sueur celebrates his 100th birthday at St Clement’s Parish hall Picture: JON GUEGAN 
Bob Le Sueur (101) at home, doing a charity walk wearing a jumper in the colours of the Ukrainian flag Picture: ROB CURRIE (34617251)
Mr Le Sueur was made an MBE in 2013 Picture: MATTHEW HOTTON 
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