62427 John Derek HORNUNG, OBE, MC, MiD, 2 Irish Guards

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    Hornung, John Derek
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment: 2 Battalion Irish Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 22 October 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16

    Boulogne. 22/23rd May, 1940.

    Lieutenant HORNUNG was Intelligence Officer 2nd Battalion Irish Guards throughout the Battalion operations.X This officer showed at all times a complete disregard of danger and as a result of his coolness, his skill and his initiative in seeking information, he was always able to present an accurate and complete account of the situation.

    On the night of 22/23rd May Lieutenant HORNUNG led a most important patrol and the information which he gleaned proved of great value. During the first two or three hours of the attack on the 23rd May, Lieutenant HORNUNG personally manned a Bren gun in a very exposed position near Battalion Headquarters. This gun was constantly in action and by its presence and the effectiveness of its fire imposed great delay and caution on the enemy who were at that time trying to work their way between one of the forward companies and Battalion Headquarters.

    During the later stages of the withdrawal Lieutenant HORNUNG was personally responsible for posting many of the Bren guns and anti-tank rifles which protected the flank and rear of the Battalion.

    By his example bearing he helped to keep those about him in high spirits. No Battalion Commander could have wished for or obtained more willing, wholehearted or valuable support.

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    Name Hornung, John Derick
    Rank: Major
    Service No: P/62427
    Regiment: Headquarters Guards Division
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Foreign to British: Belgium
    Award: Chevalier of the Order of Leopold II with palm and Croix de Guerre 1940 with palm
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 08 December 1945
    Date 1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/111
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    Rank: Lieutenant
    Name: J D HORNUNG
    Unit: 1 Irish Guards
    GSM & Clasp: GSM, Palestine Clasp 1936 - 1939
    TNA Reference: WO 100/503
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    Personal Number: 62427
    Name: John Derek HORNUNG, MC, MiD
    Unit: Irish Guards

    London Gazette : 31 January 1936
    The undermentioned officers, from Supp. Res. of Off., to be 2nd Lts. 31st Jan. 1936 : —
    I. G'ds.—
    2nd Lt. John Derek HORNUNG, I. G'ds.

    2nd Lt. John Derek HORNUNG, I. G'ds.
    London Gazette : 1 February 1944
    I. G'ds.
    The undermentioned Lts. to be Capts.:—
    31st Jan. 1944:—
    J. D. Hornung, M.C. (62427)

    London Gazette : 22 March 1945
    Mentioned in Despatches
    I. G'ds.
    Maj. (temp.) J. D. Hornung, M.C. (62427).

    London Gazette : 21 June 1945
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appoint- ments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe:—
    To be Additional Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:-
    Lieutenant-Colonel (temporary) John Dereck HORNUNG, M.C. (62427), Irish Guards (Cowfield, Sussex).

    London Gazette : 11 May 1948
    I. G'ds. .
    Capt. (War Subs. Maj.) J. D. HORNUNG, O.B.E., M.C. (62427), retires, receiving a gratuity, 9th May 1948, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt.-Col.

    London Gazette : 5 January 1965
    I. G'ds
    Maj. (Hon. Lt.-Col.) J. D. HORNUNG, O.B.E., M.C. (62427), having attained the age limit, ceases Res. of Offrs., 5th Jan. 1965. to belong to Res. of Offrs., 3rd Jan. 1965.
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