278656 John Elwyn RENTON, MC, 6 Grenadier Guards

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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.

    see also http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/32479-gallantry-awards-honours-grenadier-guards/?p=394693

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