War veteran dies just three weeks after receiving medal

Gerald Mumby, who has died at the age of 90 three weeks after he was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Legion D'Honneur for his efforts on D-Day during the Second World War. NNL-151028-114329001
Gerald Mumby, who has died at the age of 90 three weeks after he was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Legion D'Honneur for his efforts on D-Day during the Second World War. NNL-151028-114329001

A Second World War veteran from Banbury who was awarded a medal for serving his country at the D-Day landings in France has died.

Gerald Mumby of Keats Road was aged only 18 when he was part of a Combined Operations Unit on June 6, 1944 and received the Chevalier de L’Ordre National de la Legion for his efforts on September 25.

The Banbury Guardian reported on Mr Mumby’s relief at receiving the award despite the 90-year-old thinking it would be awarded to him posthumously.

But just three weeks after receiving the medal he fell ill and died at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury last Friday.

Born in Derby, Mr Mumby volunteered for the navy but was turned away because he was too young. He was then called up at the age of 17 years and nine months and did his training on HMS Royal Arthur where he was stationed up in Glasgow.

He was part of the Combined Operations Unit that arrived in France where he was part of a small team who were in an armoured vehicle checking for mines on the beach.

Mr Mumby married his wife Margaret and they moved to Banbury about 40 years ago. While living in the town he helped form the Banbury Snooker League and worked at Cherwell Edge Golf Club and Rye Hill Golf Club.

Mrs Mumby said: “He was a big Derby County football fan and he will be missed dreadfully. He was always around and was very modest about what he did in Second World War. He was delighted and so pleased he received the medal.”

The couple had three children and four grandchildren.