67902 Eric Charles William MacKenzie PENN, OBE, MC, 6 Grenadier Guards

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    Penn, Eric Charles William Mackenzie
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 67902
    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
    67902 Lieutenant, Acting Major Eric Charles William Mackenzie PENN, 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS


    TRIMONSUOLI, 29th January / 30th January 1944.

    This Officer commanded No. 3 Company in a night attack to take the above-named feature. The night was extremely dark and control was almost impossible.

    On reaching his objective he found progress impossible owing to eight spandau posts which were well sited and dug in and were firing at his Company from a range of only 200 yards.

    With complete disregard for his own safety and under extremely difficult conditions he personally gave orders to each section of his Company and another Company which was sent to his aid, and led the attack which succeeded in capturing its objective in the face of fierce opposition.

    Without his example and leadership the attack could not have succeeded.

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

    Granted an Immediate M.C.
     
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    Name Penn, Eric Charles William MacKenzie
    Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    Service No: 67902
    Regiment: Grenadier Guards - Employed List 1 (now Regular Army Reserve of Officers)
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Birthday Honours
    Award: Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 11 June 1960
    Date 1960
    Catalogue reference WO 373/168
     

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