Kenneth Mayhew

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Kenneth George Mayhew
Mayhew in 2011
Born (1917-01-18) 18 January 1917 (age 102)
Helmingham, Suffolk
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1939–45
RankMajor
UnitSuffolk Regiment
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight 4th Class of the Military William Order (Netherlands)

Major Kenneth George Mayhew (born 18 January 1917) is a British Army veteran of World War II. Mayhew is one of the only four living knights of the very exclusive Military William Order, the highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.[1]

In 1939 Mayhew was an officer of the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. He commanded a company which landed in Normandy in 1944 and fought in the North West Europe Campaign. Mayhew was injured while fighting in the Netherlands.

In 1946 Mayhew was knighted by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, receiving the Knight fourth class of the Military William Order. The chapter of the order lost contact with him in the 1980s until he was seen wearing his medal at a memorial service in 2011.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "En toen waren er weer acht..." (PDF) (in Dutch). Defensiekrant. 3 November 2011.
  2. "Major Kenneth George Mayhew RMWO (R29-34)". The Society of Old Framlinghamians. Retrieved 10 December 2014.