Leicestershire And Rutland Family History Society

  Established 20 September 1974   Reg. Charity No 518870   Member Of The F.F.H.S   ©LRFHS Feb 2015


Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society

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Kenneth Arthur Grain

Born 3rd September 1924

At 25 Filbert Street, Leicester


Ken was 15 – when, to quote the saying "the day war broke out".  He thought by the time he was 18 it would all be over!  Ken had the opportunity to go down the mines, but he declined as he thought that it would be too dangerous! 

After his enlistment, Ken camped on Goodwood Racecourse before he went over to Normandy, and to keep fit he had to run around the course each day.  A new slant on the "Glorious Goodwood!”

Ken went over to Normandy with the Royal Signal’s a couple of weeks after the actual invasion. They were sent there to re-establish communications. He went ashore on Juno Beach, landing with the Canadians, and then made his way with his unit to the Château de Cruelly. At the Château they were tasked to deal with Field Marshall Montgomery's communication telephones.

One evening whilst working, Ken was told by a young officer that he would have to leave the job he was working on until the morning as the noise being made would disturb Field Marshall Montgomery.  Ken told him if that was the case, the officer would have to tell Field Marshall Montgomery why it was not done! The officer just said “go ahead but do not make a noise!”.

After Normandy Ken was posted north to Hamburg, Lubeck and the Russian border. He was there during the very bad winter of 1946/1947 when ships were trapped for 7 miles in the frozen seas.

Ken married Dora Alice Graves on 17th November 1945 whilst on leave, and after being demobbed he returned home in May 1947. Their daughter Margaret Ann was born in 1949.


Presentation of the Chevalier de la Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur made to

Kenneth Arthur Grain

Royal Signals 14390607

Presented by French Consul

Jean-Claude Lafontaine

Friday 8 December 2017


THE SOCIETY ARRANGED A PRESENTATION OF THE FRENCH LEGION D’HONNEUR TO MEMBER KEN GRAIN WHO WAS PRESENT IN NORMANDY DURING THE D-DAY ACTIONS IN 1944

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