The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details Name Egerton, Francis Louis Rank: Lieutenant, Temporary Captain Service No: 113330 Regiment: 3 Battalion Welsh Guards Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy Award: Military Cross Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 07 December 1944 Date 1944 Catalogue reference WO 373/8 1st Guards Brigade, 6th Armoured Division, 10 Corps 113330 War Substantive Lieutenant, Temporary Captain Francis Louis EGERTON, 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS 20 June 1944. 653958 Sheet 122/II, 1/50,000, ITALY. On 20th June Captain EGERTON was ordered to capture and hold Point 532, 653958 with No. 4 Company. This feature is very large and covered in scrub, and the enemy were on it in strength. Captain EGERTON brought his Company onto his objective and before he was able to build singers (digging was impossible) he was counter-attacked. Captain EGERTON consolidated his Company and during the night 20th / 21st June and day 21st June resisted enemy counter-attacks. Rations and water sent up during night 20th / 21st failed to reach him as the enemy had closed in round his flanks. By vigorous patrols and very aggressive action, he managed to stay on his objective. It was impossible to send a gunner O.P. up to him, so he himself directed the fire. Eventually on nigh 21st / 22nd June he was ordered to bring his Company off the feature owing to the difficulty of supply. Captain EGERTON's personal example and total disregard for his own safety in this hand to hand fighting in very difficult country was beyond praise, and resulted in his Company killing and wounding many of the enemy. Signed Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS [Additional hand-written comment] Very strongly recommended. This Officer's conduct, quiet assurance and confidence complied with his leadership on the spot were invaluable and outstanding. Signed J.C. HAYDON, Brigadier, 1st Guards Brigade. Granted an Immediate M.C.