Netherlands – The Order of Orange-Nassau

The Order of Orange-Nassau is awarded for longstanding meritorious service to society, the State or the Royal House. The first five of the six classes are: Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight. Recipients of an award in the sixth class become members of the Order.

Grand Cross of the Order of Orange Nassau with Swords
General Henry Duncan Graham Crerar CH CB DSO

Officer of the Order of Orange Nassau with Swords
Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Wyld Cormack OBE ED
Colonel Harold Seaman Griffin ED
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Phineas Rothschild MBE
Major Thomas Hastings Frederick Tomey
Major Henry Ward

Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau with Swords
Captain Joseph Ferdinand Louis Philippe Laplante
Captain Lyall Luke Leatherdale
Captain Sydney James Matthews
Captain Matthews has served with the 17 Canadian Field Regiment since 1940 as Quartermaster. Since April 1945, Captain Matthews has carried out his duties of Quartermaster with untiring devotion to duty. The very large quantities of ammunition required for the attack on Arnhem, 1 April 1945, was quickly delivered under Captain Matthews’ supervision in spite of heavy traffic problems and change of gun positions. Subsequently, during the rapid advance from Arnhem to Hardwewijk, 15 April to 19 April 1945, Captain Matthews spent long hours in personally getting supplies and ammunition up to the fast moving gunners. During the attacks on Delfzijl, 1 May 1945, the supply lines were again stretched to many miles but Captain Matthews, showing great skill from long experience, carried supplies forward to the fighting troops without delay.
For his actions in Holland Captain Matthews is highly commended for his skilful work in carrying out the many diversified duties behind the lines. All his efforts were concentrated in making every man and officer as comfortable as possible under adverse circumstances by supplying food, clothing and weapons of war at the right time and right place. His untiring faithfulness in doing his work well has gained the unwavering respect of all ranks.
Captain Reginald John Mawer
Captain Arthur Kingsmill Poussette
Captain Sydney Blewett Williams
Colonel Tim R Young CD