The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details 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.