Centenarian proud to receive France’s highest decoration

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Centenarian Ronald Meads has been presented with the Legion D’Honneur in recognition of his service in the Royal Navy during the second world war.

Centenarian Ronald Meads has been presented with the Legion D’Honneur in recognition of his service in the Royal Navy during the second world war.

Captain Francois Jean, Consul Honoraire of France, made the journey to Worthing for the ceremony on Saturday and personally presented the medal.

Worthing West MP Peter Bottomley, Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex Tom Wye, Worthing deputy mayor and mayoress Alex and Fran Harman, members of the Royal Naval Association and Worthing Sea Cadets from TS Vanguard were among those attending the ceremony.

Mr Meads, who celebrated his 100th birthday on February 11, joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1938.

He served aboard HMS Hermes, HMS Capetown, HMS Bude and HMS Northern Wave during the Second World War.

Son Richard Meads said: “He served in the Royal Navy during the war and survived many illnesses along the way to his 100th birthday.

“He served in the North Atlantic, the Far East and at D-Day.”

Mr Meads was born in Pevensey but has lived in Worthing since 1945. He survived cancer 25 years ago and has been a resident at St Mary’s Care Home, Westbrooke, for seven years.

Nicole Homewood, manager at the home, said: “The day was fabulous and Ron thoroughly enjoyed himself. He said he is really proud to have been recognised for the honour.”

He has two children, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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