The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details Name Davies-Scourfield, David Gwyn Rank: Captain Service No: 50870 Regiment: 3 Battalion Welsh 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 1st Guards Brigade, 6th Division, 10 Corps 50870 War Substantive Captain David Gwyn DAVIES-SCOURFIELD, 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS Major D.G. DAVIES-SCOURFIELD, Second-in-Command of the 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS was ordered late on 11th February 1944 to move up and take over command of the Battalion from his Commanding Officer, who had become ill and physically unfit to remain in the line in the CERASOLA area (ITALY - G.8604 - 1/25,000, Sheet No. 160 II S.E.) It has since become known that Major DAVIES-SCOURFIELD was himself already in considerable pain from a badly poisoned foot. However, he made no mention whatsoever of this and reached the Battalion during the morning of 12th February 1944. Despite the pain he was suffering, which grew worse as the poison spread, and the great difficulty he experienced in moving over rough ground, Major DAVIES SCOURFIELD immediately gripped the situation, paid personal visit to all companies and set a magnificent example of unruffled calm and confidence. Never for a moment did he permit his physical condition to interfere with his duty, and his gallantry and steadiness in every circumstance was an inspiration to the Battalion at all times, and especially when a serious attack was made upon the WELSH GUARDS in the early hours of 20th February 1944. During this attack Battalion Headquarters was closely engaged by the enemy and Major DAVIES-SCOURFIELD directed the arrangements made to meet it and was personally in action from is sangar. It was fortunate indeed that an Officer of Major DAVIES-SCOURFIELD's character, courage, and ability was so quickly available when the Commanding Officer fell ill.