207654 David Ian ROLLO, MBE, MC, 3 Grenadier Guards

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    Personal Number: 207654
    Rank: Captain
    Name: David Ian ROLLO, MBE, MC
    Unit: Grenadier Guards

    London Gazette : 10 October 1941
    The undermentioned Cadets to be 2nd Lts. 27th Sept. 1941:—
    Gren. G'ds.
    David Ian ROLLO (207654).

    London Gazette : 15 June 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field- —
    To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order: —
    Lieutenant David Ian Rollo (207654), Grenadier Guards.

    London Gazette : 7 December 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy: —
    The Military Cross
    Lieutenant (acting Captain) David Ian Rollo, M.B.E. (207654), Grenadier Guards (East Molesey).

    London Gazette : 7 June 1949
    Gren. G'ds.
    The undermentioned Lts. from Emerg. Commns. to be Lts., 1st Jan. 1949, and are granted the hon. rank of Capt.:—
    D. I. ROLLO, O.B.E., M.C, (207654).
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    Rollo, David Ian
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 207654
    Regiment: 3 Battalion Grenadier 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 British Armoured Division, 13 Corps
    207654 War Substantive, Acting Captain David Ian ROLLO, 3rd Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    In operations preceding the attack by the 3rd Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS on the STOPPLACCE feature (Map Ref R. 272273) Captain ROLLO was in command of No. 1 Company which, from 6th July to 12th July, was given the task of holding on to an isolated locality three miles in front of the rest of the Division.

    It was essential for this place to be held as a pivot and forming-up place of the attack on STOPPLACCE. The Company was on its own for six days and nights during which time it was under constant and heavy shell-fire. It was counter-attacked on two occasions and frequently patrolled against by day and night.

    Captain ROLLO's example inspired all those under his command during this trying time. He continually visited Platoon positions whilst the shelling was at its heaviest; he lead a fighting patrol to break up an enemy counter-attack on the night of 9th July / 10th July, which succeeded in scattering the enemy, killing four and wounding several. He led a daylight patrol on 12th July afternoon which resulted in the elimination of a complete German Observation Post.

    Finally Captain ROLLO led his Company in the attack on STOPPLACCE on 15th July with great skill and courage succeeding in taking fifteen prisoners and dealing with three Machine Gun posts.

    It was largely owing to Captain ROLLO's high courage and outstanding example and cheerfulness that No. 3 Company held the vital position which made the final attack, which assisted in the capture of AREZZO, possible.

    Signed E.J.B. NELSON, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 3rd Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    Granted an Immediate M.C.
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