28.10.2015 Ronald Mayhill (left) and Basil Williams receive their medals yesterday from French Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler. Photo Jason Oxenham.jpg
Oct 28, 2015 nzherald.co.nz
France has honoured the heroic efforts of two New Zealand war veterans - one who joined a successful bombing mission after being blinded in one eye, the other who survived a German prisoner of war camp.
On a French naval frigate docked in Auckland, Ronald Mayhill and Basil Williams were awarded medals as knights of the French Legion of Honour yesterday. French Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler presented the Aucklanders with the medals on Prairial, which was docked in Auckland from Saturday until today. The World War II veterans, who trained in Canada and Britain, were recognised in the presence of friends, family and officials, including several Defence Force representatives.