77511 John Onslow PARRY, MC, 152 Regiment, Royal Artillery

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    Name Parry, John Onslow
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 77511
    Regiment: 152 Regiment Royal Artillery in support of 3WG
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 07 December 1944
    Date 1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/8


    1st Guards Brigade, 6th Armoured Division, 10 Corps
    7751 War Substantive Lieutenant, Temporary Captain John Onslow PARRY, 153 Regiment ROYAL ARTILLERY attached 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS

    20th June 1944. Map Ref 678944, Sheet 122/II, 1/50,000.

    On 20th June Captain PARRY was acting as O.P.O. to 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS. He was ordered by the Battalion Commander to go forward with No. 2 Company on to tier objective at 678944, from where it was thought a good Observation Post could be established.

    No. 2 Company got involved in house to house fighting on their objective, killing several enemy and taking prisoners. They sent out patrols but failed to clear all the houses in the vicinity of their objective. Two other Companies had to be pushed through to clear the Battalion objective of 'TULIP' 667950.

    Captain PARRY realising that he must get a better Observation Post than that which he had with No. 2 Company in order to assist the other Companies, worked his way under heavy shelling and small arms fire to a house 200 yards forward of No. 2 Company. From here he was able to give excellent fire support to the Battalion, which resulted in the Battalion gaining its objective.

    Captain PARRY is a most aggressive gunner and showed in this action his determination to get the best possible Observation Post for himself regardless of personal danger. His work as O.P.O. was beyond praise. His coolness under accurate aimed enemy fire was an example to all who saw him.

    Signed Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS.


    [Additional hand-written comment] Most strongly recommended. This Officer has rendered quite exception services to the 1st Guards Brigade.

    Signed J.C. HAYDON, Brigadier, 1st Guards Brigade.

    Granted an Immediate M.C.
     

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