Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES
CHERBOURG, Feb. 27---France honored a life of heroism and seamanship tonight when she awarded the Legion of Honor to Sir Arthur Rostron, captain of the liner Berengaria and commodore of the Cunard fleet, in a ceremony hold in the lounge of the Berengaria.
Sir Arthur is famous in America for his rescue work in the Titanic disaster, when he was in command of the Carpathia, and also for his many exploits as captain of various Cunard vessels which during the war ran the submarine blockade and in the latter part of the war carried many American troops.
In addition, the Legion of Honor was bestowed on Vice Admiral Besire Préfet Maritime of Cherbourg.
Sir Arthur also received a silver medal from the Cherbourg Chamber of Commerce tonight. The medal was presented by C. T. Quonian, president of the Cherbourg Chamber of Commerce, who declared:
"This medal is not only the reward of a brave man who faced death in the perils of war but it also signifies the public recognition of those who have brought help to their fellow men in time of distress and danger. What greater proof of merit could there be than that which you gave on the fateful night of April 15, 1912, when the Titanic sank beneath the waves? A hero in war and a hero in peace, you have been well worthy of your country and of humanity."
Arthur Henry Rostron
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(1929) FRANCE HONORS ROSTRON New York Times (ref: #3281, accessed 29th June 2017 02:05:49 AM) URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/france-honors-rostron.html
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Added to Encyclopedia Titanica Wednesday 28th July 2004, last updated Monday 3rd April 2017.