The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details 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.