2620306 Lance-Serjeant Charles Henry WILKES, MM, 5 Grenadier Guards: PoW

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    Army Number: 2620306
    Rank: Lance-Serjeant
    Name: Charles Henry WILKES, MM
    Unit: 5 Grenadier Guards

    London Gazette : 8 July 1943
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa: —
    The Military Medal.
    No. 2620306 Lance-Sergeant Charles Henry Robert Wilkes, Grenadier Guards (Birmingham).
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    Recommendation for Award for Wilkes, Charles Rank: Lance Serjeant Service... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/1/494
    Name Wilkes, Charles
    Rank: Lance Serjeant
    Service No: 2620306
    Regiment: 5 Grenadier Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia)
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 08 July 1943

    24th Guards Brigade, 1st Division, 5 Corps
    2620306 Lance-Sergeant Charles WILKES, 5th GRENADIER GUARDS

    On 28th April this Lance-Sergeant was in command of an Anti-Tank gun detachment on the Western ridge of DJEBEL BOU AOUKAZ.

    After destroying one German tank with his gun his crew were knocked out by accurate and heavy mortar fire. He at once evacuated the wounded still under fire and took command of another gun.

    Again on 5th May the crew of a gun were knocked out and under the most intense shell and Mortar fire which this Battalion has experienced again evacuated all possible wounded in a Jeep on his initiative to the Regimental Aid Post across 600 yards of difficult and shell swept ground before returning to his gun site.

    This Lance-Sergeant has lost gun, crew, and vehicle by direct hits and remains cheerful and outstandingly gallant under the heaviest fire.

    Signed G.C. GORDON-LENNOX, D.S.O., Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 5th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    Recommended for D.C.M.
    Granted an Immediate M.M.
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    Name: Charles Henry Wilkes . Date of Birth: 11/10/1913 . Place of Birth:... | The National Archives
    WO 416/391/233
    Name: Charles Henry Wilkes.
    Date of Birth: 11/10/1913.
    Place of Birth: [unspecified].
    Service: British Army.
    Rank: Lance Sergeant.
    Regiment/Unit/Squadron: [Grenadier Guards].
    Service Number: 2620306.
    Date of Capture: [unspecified].
    Theatre of Capture: [unspecified].
    Camp Name/Number: Stalag VIIA Moosburg.
    PoW number: 128033.
    Date of Death: [unspecified].
    Number of Photographs: 0.
    Number of Fingerprints: 0.
    Number of X-rays: 0.
    Number of Cards: 2.
    Date: [1939-1945]
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