2694192 Lewis AITKEN, MM, 3 Scots Guards

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    Name Aitken, Lewis
    Rank: Serjeant
    Service No: 2694192
    Regiment: 3 Tank Battalion Scots Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 10 May 1945
    Date 1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/53

    6th Guards Armoured Brigade, 30 Corps
    2694192 War Substantive Serjeant Lewis AITKEN

    This Serjeant was Troop Serjeant of the leading troop in support of 10th Battalion HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY during the attack on KRANENBURG on 8 February 1945. On approaching KRANENBURG every tank in the squadron became bogged except his. By superb command he managed to get onto the road and was led by his Troop Leader on foot over the bridge which was known to be prepared for demolition, and led the infantry down the main street dealing with Machine Gun posts and snipers on the way. The Infantry Company Commander reported that the effect of his supporting fire undoubtedly did much to force the enemy to surrender, that the way in which he fought his tank was quite magnificent and that his action undoubtedly save the infantry many casualties.

    15 February 1945
    Granted an Immediate Military Medal
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