2623394 Wallace William THORMAN, MM, 5 Grenadier Guards

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    Thorman, Wallace William
    Rank: Guardsman
    Service No: 2623394
    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
    2623394 Guardsman Wallace William THORMAN, 5th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    In the ANZIO Bridgehead on the night of 7th February / 8th February 1944 Battalion H.Q., after three rifle Companies had been destroyed, was heavily attacked by the enemy.

    The Battalion H.Q. was in a Gully. The enemy had penetrated to the ridge overlooking this position and were throwing hand grenades on to the Command Post.

    Guardsman THORMAN and four others were sent to clear the enemy from this cliff. They succeeded in doing this. A few minutes later the enemy renewed their attempts to regain this position. Guardsman THORMAN and the others immediately engaged them with their Tommy guns and when the weapons of two of the party failed Guardsman THORMAN remained alone engaging while the remainder withdrew.

    By this action he not only allowed his companions to withdraw safely but he also gained sufficient time to allow the Command Post to be moved unhindered to a more advantageous position.

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

    Granted an Immediate M.M.
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