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Netherlands Military Order of William

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Date added: 31 Mar 2017

Netherlands The Military Order of William
Militaire Willems-Orde

The chivalric order was established on 30 April 1815 by King William I of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and was presented for feats of excellent bravery on the battlefield and as a meritorious decoration to senior military officers.

Since this order had only just been established before the Waterloo Campaign, they did not create a Waterloo Medal. This medal was awarded for acts of gallantry during the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

The Order's motto is Voor Moed, Beleid en Trouw (For Bravery, Leadership and Loyalty).

Comparable with the French Légion d’Honneur but far less awarded, the Military William Order is a chivalry order of merit open to everyone regardless of rank and nobility.
It is awarded in four classes :
Knight Grand Cross,
Knight Commander,
Knight 3rd
and Knight 4th Class
Some soldiers were awarded ‘Knight, 4th Class’ for services during the Waterloo campaign.

The ribbons were orange-yellow with Nassau-blur stripes towards the edges.
Refer to details of Sergeant Jannes van Wijk

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