UXBRIDGE: Local veteran, Roy Mesure was awarded France’s highest honour, the French Legion Medal of Honour, at a ceremony held at Uxbridge Secondary School on Tuesday, October 17th.
The medal was presented to him by French Consul, General Marc Trouyet. The medal was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and was awarded to Mr. Mesure for his service during the Second World War.
Mr. Mesure told The Standard he was “overwhelmed” by the event and receiving the medal. “I’m very honoured,” he said. “It was a shock.”
He also praised the event’s organizer, Tish MacDonald, who has been involved in the community’s veteran banner program, as well as coordinating events at the school, to bring students and veterans together.
“Tish is an incredible woman. She does a lot for the veterans, and I think she deserves a medal.”
Mr. Mesure had his wife and children in attendance when he received the award.
“It means a great deal to me [that they were able to be there]," he said. “They were very proud.”
Mr. Mesure served in the Boys Service as a Sea Cadet, in Uxbridge, England, before transferring to the Royal Navy in 1943, when he was 16 years old. In regards to serving his country, he was following in the footsteps of his brother, who served in the Royal Air Force. However, Mr. Mesure said that was not the main reason he decided to serve his country.
“It probably was a small influence, but most people, at the time, were concerned about England, and I did it for King and country.”
Mr. Mesure served on the HMS Brocklesby, a Hunt Class Escort Destroyer of the British Navy. He was a telegraphist, using his knowledge of Morse Code to intercept and relay messages of German troop movement.
“I don’t know why I chose that, but I fit in very well,” Mr. Mesure said.
Mr. Mesure moved to Uxbridge in 1952, and currently lives in Newmarket, Ontario.