278656 John Elwyn RENTON, MC, 6 Grenadier Guards

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    Personal Number: 278656
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Name: John Elwyn RENTON, MC
    Unit: 6 Grenadier Guards

    London Gazette : 13 July 1943
    The undermentioned Cadets to be 2nd L ts.: —
    Gren. G'ds.
    5th June 1943:—
    John Elwyn RENTON (278656).

    London Gazette : 29 June 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy: —
    The Military Cross.
    Lieutenant John Elwyn Renton (278656), Grenadier Guards (Harrogate, Yorks).

    London Gazette : 3 May 1946
    Gren. G'ds.
    2nd Lt. J. E. RENTON, M.C. (278656) to be Lt., 4th May 1946.
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    Renton, John Elwyn
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 278656
    Regiment: 6 Battalion Grenadier Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 29 June 1944
    Date 1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/6

    201st Guards Brigade, 5th Division, 10 Corps
    278656 War Substantive Lieutenant John Elwyn RENTON, 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    TRIMONSUOLI, 29th January / 30th January, 1944.

    This Officer commanded the Left Platoon of his Company in a dawn attack.

    During the advance he led his Platoon with outstanding dash getting close up under the "murder" which the artillery were putting down, and getting in so quickly on its termination that the gained complete surprise and took some prisoners.

    However, Machine Guns and Mortars on is Left flank made consolidation difficult. With complete disregard for his own safety and with the enemy only 400 yards away, he calmly directed the consolidation, and organised the return fire with 2" mortars and riflemen, knocking out a Machine Gun post and several snipers.

    Due to his energy in immediate consolidation under heavy and accurate fire he was able to break up a counter-attack which developed shortly afterwards.

    Signed W. KINGSMILL, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    Granted an Immediate M.C.
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