The Military Order of Willem was founded by William I in 1815. It is awarded for acts of extreme bravery and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy, and therefore it is the Dutch equivelent of the Victoria Cross, although there are four classes: Grand Cross, Commander, Knight Third Class, and Knight Fourth Class.

 

KIA = Killed in Action

POW = Prisoner of War

 

1st Airborne Division

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Lt Pat Barnett

1st Para Brigade HQ

Wounded

Lt-Col David Dobie

1st Battalion

Wounded, POW, Escaped

Capt Jacobus Groenewoud

Jedburgh Team

KIA 19/09/44

Lt. M. J. Knottenbelt

No.10 Commando

(ref.)

 

1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group

 

The Brigade, as a unit, was awarded the Militaire Willemsorde in 2006.

 

Royal Air Force

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Sqdn Ldr R. W. F. Cleaver

570 Squadron

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