This document was presented to General Foulkes by the Belgian Ministry of Defence alongside the breast badge corresponding to Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown and the Belgian War Cross medal. Foulkes was awarded this high distinction for “exceptional war services” rendered to Belgium during its defence and liberation (1944 – 1945). The citation has the autograph signature of Raoul de Fraiteur, the Minister of Defence at the time, and a dry stamp from the Department of National Defence, Belgium.
The Belgian Order of the Crown was established on October 15, 1897 to recognize heroic deeds and distinguished service achieved for service in the Congo Free State, at the time under Belgian crown jurisdiction. In 1908, the Order of the Crown was made a national honour of Belgium. During the Second World War, the Order of the Crown was extensively authorized for Allied military personnel who had helped to liberate Belgium from the Germany occupation.
Initially created to recognize bravery during the First World War, The War Cross was reinstated on July 20, 1940, by the Belgian government exiled in London. It was intended for military personnel, but in 1942 it was extended to everyone involved in acts of exceptional bravery in front of the enemy. It was awarded to members of the Resistance as well as of the Allied military forces.
DATE: 6 Jun 1947
DONATED BY: General Charles Foulkes
OBJECT ID: RCRM1960.003.0044