133184 Owen David MORRIS, MC, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 3 Welsh Guards

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    Name Morris, Owen David
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: 133184
    Regiment:, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 3 Battalion Welsh Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 21 December 1944
    Date 1944-1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/9

    1st Guards Brigade, 6th Armoured Division, 13 Corps
    133184 War Substantive Captain Owen David MORRIS, ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS attached 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS

    Period 1st January 1944 to 30th April 1944.

    Captain MORRIS has been Medical Officer of this Battalion since its formation. He has always rendered the most outstanding service to his Battalion.

    During the period in question he was in action with the Battalion on the GARIGLIANO sector, on the RAPIDO and in CASSINO. He has always shown complete disregard for personal safety or comfort. He has never been Left Out of Battle and he has always established his Regimental Aid Pot as close as possible to the forward troops, where he has been within shell and mortar range.

    To quote a particular instance, which is characteristic of his conduct in all actions, he performed his duties in a most outstanding manner when the Brigade occupied Mt. CERASOLA (Map Ref 8604, Sheet 160/II SE, 1/25,000) and ORNITO. Under the most appalling conditions of weather and under heavy enemy shell fire, he was dealing with wounded of three Battalions - firstly the Battalion which was being relieved which had considerable casualties on the way out, our own Battalion which had considerable casualties on the way in, and the ORNITO Battalion which was having casualties at the same time.

    Captain MORRIS had no rest for three days, was treating wounded continuously under fire and unquestionably saved lives of very many men by his untiring efforts and complete disregard for himself. This Officer's conduct has always been of a similar high order in all actions during this period.

    Signed Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS.

    [Additional hand-written comment] Very strongly recommended. This Officer has rendered outstanding service and has maintained a level of conduct which has been an example to all.

    Signed J.C. HAYDON, Brigadier, 1st Guards Brigade.

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