French

9 French awards were received by Old Bristolians. Below is information about each award achieved by an OB, in the order of precedence.

 
Military Decorations

Legion d’Honneur

 

Number awarded to OBs: 1 Officer, 2 Chevalier

 

Nationality of award: French

 

Founded: 19th May 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Information: The Legion d’Honneur is the highest French decoration. It is broken down into five classes: Grand Croix (Grand Cross), Grand Officier (Grand Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Officier (Officer), and Chevalier (Knight). The membership of the Legion is technically restricted to French nationals, although foreign nationals who have served on French soil, or who upholds the French ideals, may receive the award.

Awarded

Officer

Jones, Charles Herbert

Chevalier

Moline, Frank Herman

Veater, Arthur William

Croix de Guerre (CdG)

 

Number awarded to OBs: 5

 

Nationality of award: French

 

Founded: 1915

 

Information: The French Croix de Guerre was awarded during both World Wars, either to an individual, or an entire unit. It is awarded where a ‘heroic deed or deeds’ were performed. There are a number of levels of the award:

Bronze Star: for those mentioned at the regiment or brigade level.

Silver Star: for those mentioned at division level.

Silver Gilt Star: for those mentioned at corps level.

Bronze Palm: for those mentioned at army level.

Silver Palm: represents five bronze mentions.

Awarded

Castle, Gilbert Stacey

Grace, Henry Edgar

Jenks, John Charles Alphonse

Lees, Charles Henry Brownlow

Littleton, George Henry

Civilian Decorations

Medaille de l'Assistance Publique

 

Number awarded to OBs: 1 Bronze

 

Nationality of award: French

 

Founded: 15th January 1891

 

Information: The award was instituted to reward people who distinguished themselves in the public sector, such as in offices, charity, or hospitals. There were three levels:

Bronze Medal – 10 years of service

Silver Medal – 10 years of service and the Bronze medal

Gold Medal – 15 years of service and the Silver medal

Awarded

Fisher, Henry Francis Thornhill