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53rd Recipients of the Croix de Guerre Belgium & France

Posted by K G Baker on August 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

           French                                 Belgium

Name: Alder, Stanley Herbert

Rank: Acting Lance Bombardier

Service No: 873669

Regiment: 53 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery

Theatre of Combat or Operation: Foreign to British: Belgium

Award: Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm

Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 08 December 1945

 

Name: Loydall, Walter James

Rank: Serjeant

Service No: 912031

Regiment: 53 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery

Theatre of Combat or Operation: Foreign to British: Belgium

Award: Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm

Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 08 December 1945

 

Name: Kirby, Terence Roberts

Rank: Serjeant

Service No: 839754

Regiment: 53 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery

Theatre of Combat or Operation: Foreign to British: Belgium

Award: Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm

Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 08 December 1945

 

Name: Fawke, George

Rank: Bombardier

Service No: 861031

Regiment: 53 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery

Theatre of Combat or Operation: Foreign to British: France

Award: Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star

 

Name: Davey, John Hector

Rank: Temporary Captain

Service No: 143731

Regiment: 53 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery

Theatre of Combat or Operation: Foreign to British: France

Award: Croix de Guerre with Vermilion Star

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6 Comments

Reply Alison Milton
6:46 PM on March 17, 2013 
Hello
I am a new member. I doing some research for my sister in law whose uncle was Stanley Herbert Alder. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm in 1940 but none of the family know why. Do you know why and 2 others received this award in 1940. Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
Best wishes
Alison
Reply betty
1:42 PM on June 6, 2013 
Hallo Alison, I'm also a very new member. My dad was George Fawke, mentioned above, who received the Croix de Guerre for bravery in France. He died 6 years ago and when we were writing the tribute for his funeral wanted to find out more about the award. (He was very modest and never told us). We contacted the French Ministry of Defence and found there is a department specifically dealing with those who have been awarded this medal and they were amazingly helpful. The relevant papers are 'filed' in my loft, I'll sort them out and let you have the address. Regards. Betty
Reply betty
6:20 AM on June 15, 2013 
Hallo again Alison,
Herewith the address I spoke about -
Croix de Guerre
Minister of Defence
Bureau de Decorations
Section D6
10 Rue St Dominique
75998 Paris
France
and, should you be confident enough in speaking French, the Administration telephone number there is 003314291000. They were extremely kind and helpful and not only provided a copy of the citation but also a replica of the medal my dad received.

I hope this proves useful and helps you to find out more of the detail you are looking for.
Kind regards, Betty W
Reply Phillip Alder
3:35 AM on September 9, 2015 
Hello
As a new member i am trying to confirm the details above as Stanley herbert Alder was my father. The medal in question is the Belgium Croix de Guerre 1940.
I have contacted the Belgium MOD and am awaiting a reply which i am happy to share with all
Reply K G Baker
4:07 AM on September 9, 2015 
Hi Phillip the route your going down is the right route to get info, but i will check my records at home and get back to you.
All the best
Keith
Phillip Alder says...
Hello
As a new member i am trying to confirm the details above as Stanley herbert Alder was my father. The medal in question is the Belgium Croix de Guerre 1940.
I have contacted the Belgium MOD and am awaiting a reply which i am happy to share with all
Reply Phillip Alder
9:45 AM on September 17, 2015 
Having had a reply from the Belgium Ministry, there were many servicemen awarded the Croix de Guerre 1940. The citation for these was 'For the courage and bravery they showed in the glorious battles which led to the release of the Belgium' The original list contains ten pages of awards with 60 persons per page. the evidence I have only has page one, page five and page ten. of which only S H Alder is listed.