2618478 Richard WILLIAMS, MM, 5 Grenadier Guards

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    Williams, Richard
    Rank: Serjeant
    Service No: 2618478
    Regiment: 5 Battalion Grenadier Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 15 June 1944
    Date 1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/6

    LG - Viewing Page 2853 of Issue 36563

    24th Guards Brigade, 1st Division, 6 Corps
    2618478 Serjeant Richard WILLIAMS, 5th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    During the ANZIO Bridgehead operations 5th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS was holding a position at CARROCETO and was heavily attacked by enemy tanks and infantry on 26th January 1944.

    Serjeant WILLIAMS was in charge of an Anti-Tank gun in an exposed position on the flank of the Battalion position; he and his detachment was subjected to extremely heavy and continuous artillery and mortar fire.

    This N.C.O.'s detachment succeeded in knocking out three enemy tanks and thus eliminated a dangerous threat to the Battalion's Left flank, and I consider that Serjeant WILLIAMS' bravery and coolness in very difficult conditions were largely responsible for this success.

    Throughout the period 25th January - 9th February 1944 the conduct of this N.C.O. has been deserving of the highest order.

    Signed E.J.B. NELSON, M.C., Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 5th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    Recommended for D.C.M.
    Granted an Immediate M.M.
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