militaire willemsorde (holland)



The Military William Order, or often named Military Order of William (Dutch: Militaire Willems-Orde, abbreviation: MWO), is the oldest and highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Order is named after St. William of Gellone (755–814), the first Prince of Orange. The Order's motto is Voor Moed, Beleid en Trouw (For Bravery, Leadership and Loyalty). The chivalric order was established on 30 April 1815 by King William I and was presented for feats of excellent bravery on the battlefield and as a meritorious decoration to senior military officers. Comparable with the French Légion d’Honneur but far less often awarded, the Military William Order is a chivalry order of merit open to everyone regardless of rank and nobility, and not only to Dutch military but also foreigners. To date membership of the Order is extremely rarely awarded and only for excellent bravery in battle.

In the spring of 1940 it was decided that civilians would receive the Military Order of William for heroic acts in the resistance. After the liberation of the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies, several men and one woman from the resistance were awarded the Military Order of William.
  1. JEDBURGH Brinkgreve, Hendrik

    SURNAME Brinkgreve FORENAME Hendrik UNIT SOE Jedburgh Team Dudley RANK Major NUMBER 393 AWARD Certificate of Commendation (GB),Ridder 4th Klasse der Militaire Willemsorde (Holland) PLACE Holland 1944-45 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  2. HOLLAND Biallosterski, Tobias

    SURNAME Biallosterski FORENAME Tobias UNIT N Section SOE RANK Second Lieutenant + Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Militaire Willems-Orde (4th Class),Bronzen Kruis,Member of the Order of the British Empire (GB) PLACE Holland 1943-45 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DOW - see Roll of Honour
  3. PARAS Barnett, John Patrick

    SURNAMEBarnett FORENAMEJohn Patrick UNIT1 Parachute Brigade (HQ - Defence Platoon) RANKLieutenant NUMBER253696 AWARDMilitaire Willemsorde 4e Klasse (Neth),Bronzen Leeuw (Neth) PLACEArnhem 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONdied 13.12.1993 shown incorrectly as "Barrett" in one source
  4. JEDBURGH Groenewoud, Jacobus

    SURNAME Groenewoud FORENAME Jacobus UNIT SOE Jedburgh Team Claude RANK Captain NUMBER AWARD R.M.W.O. (Ridder 4th klasse der Militaire Willems-Orde) PLACE Holland 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour