Ashfields Care Home in Norwich, run by Barchester Healthcare held a special medal presentation ceremony for 95 year old resident, John Frew, where Sargent Major Rushton of the Royal Anglian Regiment presented John with a medal for his contributions to the war, and honoured him with a new title; the rank of Chevalier (Knight) of the French army, Ordre National De La Legion D’honneur (National Order of the Legion of Honor).
The ceremony came about after John’s son Dennis Frew told Ben Rogers, General Manager at Ashfields, that his father had received a letter that wanted to honour John for his contribution to the war. John had fought the 5th Seaforth 51st Highland Division and also fought in the D-Day landing at Normandy, across France, Belgium and Germany.
On the 29th September, Sargent Major Rushton of the Royal Anglian Regiment presented the medals to John in front of all of his family and friends from the home, and were joined by members of the local community including the Sea Cadets, members of the Help for Heroes charity, and children from the local school, who provided him with a signed photo to congratulate him on the medal.
The care team at the home went all out for the event by dressing up in costumes from the 1940s, and sang and danced along to a Vera Lyn tribute act. The Hospitality Team at the home served a buffet of treats, as the Activities Team screened a DVD that featured footage from the 51st Division that John featured in.