75604 Charles O’Meara FARRELL, MC, MiD, 3 Scots Guards

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    Personal Number: 75604
    Rank: Major
    Name: Charles O'Meara FARRELL, MC, MiD
    Unit: Scots Guards

    London Gazette : 9 August 1945
    The KING has been .graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North-West Europe:—
    Foot Guards.
    S. G'ds.
    Maj. (temp.) C. O'M. FARRELL, M.C. (75604).
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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Farrell, Charles O'Meara
    Rank: Temporary Major
    Service No: P/75604
    Regiment: 3 Tank Battalion Scots Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 24 May 1945
    Date 1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/53

    6th Guards Armoured Brigade, 30 Corps
    P/75604 War Substantive Captain, Temporary Major Charles O'Meara FARRELL, 3rd Tank Battalion SCOTS GUARDS

    Major FARRELL was in command of the leading squadron in support of 2nd Battalion ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS in Phase I of Operation "VERITABLE" on 8 February 1945, North East of GROESBEEK 7555.

    Immediately after crossing the Start Line the going became so bad that all the flails and other supporting tanks bogged down. In spite of this by his leadership, personal example of debugging tanks under heavy fire of all kinds, Major FARRELL got his squadron through two minefields and over 4,000 yards of the most appalling going in which any that sank were quite unrecoverable.

    There is no doubt that Major FARRELL's magnificent determination and great personal courage was the impetus that kept his squadron going under the most impossible conditions, with the result that throughout the attack the infantry received all the support that they required to enable them to reach their final objective.

    14 February 1945
    Granted an Immediate Military Cross

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