Hi, Perhaps some kind soul could point me in the right direction with any or all of the 3 questions below. Any assistance would be most appreciated. This tale concerns my uncle, John 'Jack' Halsall, 6th KOSB, 'D' Company. Service No 14762599. Jack was WIA in a wood near Hamminkeln on 26th March 1945. He was then taken to a barn along with other wounded men, but in a counter-attack the barn was attacked by Germans. A bazooka was fired into the barn, setting it ablaze. Jack, unable to move due to his injured leg and morphine was trapped. Fortunately, two heroes, Lance Corporal J Brooks and Private Rudkin carried him out of the barn along with a number of other wounded soldiers before the Germans arrived. Rudkin was captured and a number of the wounded still in the barn perished. These two had saved his life, hence my interest. Rudkin was rescued by the British later in the day. The extracts below are taken from the Battalion History by J R P Baggaley. His book includes a list of those receiving honours and includes a Military Medal for 3602585 Lance-Corporal J Brooks. I am assuming it is the same man for now. The London Gazette entry for Brooks adds the detail that he was from Stockport but little else. The War Diaries, unsurprisingly, do not include fine detail of this episode. I am hoping to establish some or all of the following details: 1. Confirmation that L-C Brooks actually received his Military Medal for his action in saving these men, and any detailed account of how he won it. I have made some amateurish attempts to locate local newspaper reports and failed. 2. A long shot, but given the geographical detail in the account from Baggaley's book below, is there any way of identifying the farm / barn where the incident took place? 3. Ditto the wood in which he was wounded? Unlikely I know. The story according to Baggaley: The objective was to seize a bridge over the river Issel, west of Dingden. Their planned route took them via a crossroads where the Wesel road crossed the road between Mehr and Hamminkeln, instead they took a detour on a track through the Diersfordter Wald. They came under fire as they reached the railway line, and overcame the enemy at this point. They took another track through the woods to the main road, fifteen hundred yards from the autobahn. A minor road branched north-east to the autobahn. They decided to attack over the road as soon as it became dark. Companies would successively bite their way forward until ‘B’… (copied page takes over from here).