The campaign to award a posthumous honour to Henry Allingham has been stepped up.

The Argus is calling on the British Government to give Mr Allingham the recognition he deserves.

We have relaunched our ‘Honour for Henry’ campaign and are once again urging our readers to sign the coupon below and send it back to us.

Mr Allingham died on Saturday at the age of 113 at St Dunstan’s care home in Ovingdean, Brighton.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown said at the weekend that ministers had been 'considering' an appropriate recognition for Mr Allingham but had not come up with anything before his death.

Mr Allingham had many awards bestowed on him during his life, including the Legion d'Honneur, France’s highest decoration.

He was awarded the rank of chevalier, or knight, in the Legion d'Honneur in 2003 and was promoted to the rank of officer in March.

But he was offered no equivalent by the Government.

Sir Andrew Bowden, president of Brighton and Hove Royal British Legion, wrote to the honours committee nine months ago but nothing was done.

Mr Bowden said: “Certainly a posthumous honour of some kind should be found, it's not obvious which one is appropriate but that is what needs to be discussed.”

A number of Facebook sites have been set up since Mr Allingham’s death calling for him to be knighted.

A funeral for Henry is being organised by his family in collaboration with St Dunstan's and the Ministry of Defence.

It will take place next Thursday at St Nicholas Church in Dyke Road, Brighton.

A St Dunstan's spokeswoman said: “It is a family funeral but there will be some military involvement.”

In March Mr Allingham had a Brighton and Hove Bus Company bus dedicated to him.

The bus bears his name on the front and was driven to St Dunstan's for him to see.

Managing director Roger French said: “It was an incredible day, he was so lucid and funny – he imitated the noises of a bus, it's a time I'll never forget.

“I hope the bus can play a part in his funeral, even if it is to transport people there and back.

“Hundreds of people who have been on a tour in the bus have asked about him.”

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