Home of Compassion resident Arthur Murrell receives Highest French Order Medal

Home of Compassion resident Arthur Murrell has received the Insignia of Chevalier Dans L’Ordre National De La Legion d’Honneur, for his bravery during the D-Day landings more than 72 years ago.

The presentation was made by Mme Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the UK at The French Residence recently. This medal is the highest French order for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Arthur was one of several veterans to receive a medal on the day and enjoyed meeting others to reminisce over their experiences.

On 6th June 1944, Arthur was an 18 year old Senior Ordinary Seaman with the Merchant Navy aboard a Polish ship, the Kordska. It transported American troops to ‘Omaha beach’ to back up soldiers from the Parachute Regiment. Omaha beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France. Arthur’s role was to man an Oerlikan gun.

Arthur was born in Chiswick, brought up in Hammersmith and has lived in the Kingston area for most of his adult life. He comments: “I didn’t really realise how much danger we were in at the time [of the D-Day landings]. My daughter heard that I was eligible for this medal and made enquiries. I’m very pleased to have received it.”

After the war, Arthur’s career was with the Metropolitan Water Board, where he worked his way up to the position of supervisor. He retired in his 50s when the company became Thames Water.

Arthur has lived at Home of Compassion in Thames Ditton since September, joining his wife who was already a resident. The home offers residential, nursing and dementia care to up to 78 elderly residents.

To find out more about the Home of Compassion call 0808 223 5406 or email manager.hoc@caringhomes.org

Home of Compassion

Home Manager

Avril Jones

Address

58 High Street,
Thames Ditton,
Surrey,
KT7 0TT

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