Royal Artillery - Recommendations for Honours & Awards

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    Brigadier Bryan John Fowler, M.C., Royal Regiment of Artillery, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
    Brigadier Fowler has carried out the duties of a Commander of Royal Artillery with great distinction from April 28th, 1942, to date.

    Throughout the whole period he has been indefatigable in improving the standard of gunnery in the division.

    He has had countless difficulties to contend with, but with dogged perseverance and a complete disregard of fatigue he has invariably surmounted each crisis with marked ability.

    During every operation, in the Knightsbridge area in May and June, on the Ruweisat ridge in July and August, at Alamein in October and November and beyond, with a complete disregard of his safety and frequently under heavy fire, he continually visited the most forward observation posts, giving advice and encouragement to young Forward Observation Officers.
    His devotion to duty, his determination to allow nothing to stand in the way of maximum efficiency, his invariable habit of doing “that something extra which counts,” and above all his courage in action, have always been inspiring, and an encouragement to those under his command and to all who saw him.

    Brigadier Fowler was born in Kells, Co. Meath, and his home is in Navan.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/search-results.asp?searchtype=browserefine&query=first_name%3dbryan%7clast_name%3dfowler&catid=22&pagenumber=1&querytype=1&mediaarray=*
    Recommendation for Award for Fowler, Bryan John
    Rank: Temporary Brigadier
    Service No: 17166
    Regiment: Royal Regiment of Artillery
    Award: Bar to Distinguished Service Order

    Recommendation for Award for Fowler, Bryan John
    Rank: Major
    Regiment: Head Quarters Royal Artillery 1 British Armoured Divisional Royal Artillery
    Award: Distinguished Service Order


    12 October 1943
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36209/supplements/4545
    27 March 1945
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37004/supplements/1709
    28 August 1945
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37245/supplements/4377


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    Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) Richard Wakefield Goodbody, Royal Horse Artillery, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
    Lieutenant-Colonel Goodbody was in command of a Royal Horse Artillery Regiment operating with this bridge from July 10th, 1943. During this period his regiment was constantly in action, often covering a very wide front. Lieutenant-Colonel Goodbody never spared himself and was constantly well forward under heavy shellfire, selecting new battery areas. His support and advice were a tremendous help. Wherever the trouble was, Lieutenant-Colonel Goodbody would be found reconnoitring for good observation posts and ordering forward observation officers to occupy them. As a result the brigade was never without artillery support when required.

    At Vizzini on July 13th, and again on the River Dittaino on July 19th, Lieutenant-Colonel Goodbody showed great gallantry and leadership in reconnoitring suitable gun areas and observation posts.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Goodbody comes from Lisnagry, Co. Limerick.


    http://www.generals.dk/general/Goodbody/Sir_Richard_Wakefield/Great_Britain.html
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/search-results.asp?searchtype=browserefine&query=first_name%3drichard%7clast_name%3dgoodbody&catid=22&pagenumber=1&querytype=1&mediaarray=*
    Recommendation for Award for Goodbody, Richard Wakefield
    Rank: Major
    Service No: 26967
    Regiment: 11 Royal Horse Artillery
    Award: Distinguished Service Order

    Recommendation for Award for Goodbody, Richard Wakefield
    Rank: Major General
    Service No: 26967
    Regiment: Royal Regiment of Artillery
    Award: Companion of the Order of the Bath

    London Gazette:
    27 August 1940
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34934/supplements/5270
    11 December 1942
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35821/supplements/5437
    19 October 1943
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36217/supplements/4661

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    Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) William Anthony Sheil, Royal Regiment of Artillery (Reserve of Officers), was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
    On October 27th, 1943, Lieutenant-Colonel Sheil was ordered to engage the enemy locality known as “Stirling” which observed fire from the whole of his regiment. It was a difficult and intricate task as advanced elements of our infantry had reached the outskirts of the locality during the previous night and were pinned by enemy fire, and opposing tanks were manoeuvring in the area.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Sheil considered the task so important and so difficult that he undertook it himself. He worked his way forward to an observation post within 500 yards of the locality, identified our own troops, and then ranged his regiment on to the actual enemy defences while our own and enemy tanks fired at each other over his head. Our own tanks then advanced, and he saw the enemy anti-tank gunners man their guns. He brought down a regimental concentration on them and saw them run back to their dug-outs.

    Our attack failed owing to 88 mm. fire from far out on the flank, so Lieutenant-Colonel Sheil proceeded to pound the locality with his regiment all day. So destructive was this fire that the infantry attack on the locality that night met with practically no opposition and found the defences full of enemy dead.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Sheil’s action was an inspiration to the rest of the Divisional Artillery and contributed largely to the successful capture of this important locality.

    Later, Lieutenant-Colonel Sheil was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order. At France Fonte on July 14th, 1943, as C.O. of his regiment and senior artillery officer on the spot, he was responsible for organising the fire support for the attack of and infantry brigade.
    Enemy parachute troops were offering very stubborn resistance, were sniping very accurately and were attempting to regain the initiative.
    With complete disregard of danger Colonel Sheil went right forward in person to identify the actual centre of resistance which no one else could locate. After a daring reconnaissance he observed the fire of his regiment on to several strong-points and, when this was impossible, himself manhandled 6-pounders and a 17-pounder into action at short range, and then directed their fire. His leadership and inspiring example were a considerable contributory factor to the successful issue of a hard-fought fight.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Sheil comes from Clonsilla, Co. Dublin.


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    Recommendation for Award for Sheil, William Anthony
    Rank: Major
    Service No: 1141
    Regiment: Royal Regiment of Artillery, Reserve of Officers
    Award: Distinguished Service Order

    Recommendation for Award for Sheil, William Anthony
    Rank: Major, Temporary Lieutenant Colonel
    Service No: 1141
    Regiment: 128 Horse Field Regiment; Royal Artillery
    Award: Bar to Distinguished Service Order

    London Gazette:
    12 January 1943
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35862/supplements/320
    19 October 1943
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36217/supplements/4661

    Listed:
    The Times, Friday, Jan 15, 1943 ARMY AWARDS, SERVICES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
    The Times, Friday, Oct 22, 1943 ARMY AWARDS, GALLANTRY IN SICILY

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    Captain (temporary Major) William Lyle Newell, Royal Regiment of Artillery, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in January, 1942.
    During the attack on Sidi Omar Nuovo on November 22nd, 1941, Major Newell was commanding the Field Battery in support of the Royal Sussex.

    On arrival at the debussing area when the infantry were held up, Major Newell went up to the infantry and personally led some of them forward to the capture of the first objective.

    By his complete disregard of danger and by his fine example, the men went forward at great speed.

    Throughout the whole attack, and particularly at this period, Major Newell had shown a magnificent example of coolness and disregard for danger which had an excellent effect on all who were near him.

    Major Newell’s home is Moville, Co. Donegal.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7653648&queryType=1&resultcount=2
    Name Newell, William Lyle
    Rank: Temporary Captain
    Regiment: 25 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Middle East (Egypt and Libya)
    Award: Distinguished Service Order
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 23 January 1942
    Date 1941-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/18

    Listed:
    The Times, Monday, Dec 22, 1941
    GALLANTRY IN ACTION DURING OPERATIONS IN WESTERN DESERT


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    From The Times, Saturday, May 10, 1941

    MIDDLE EAST AWARDS
    GALLANT SERVICE RECOGNIZED
    The War Office has issued a description of some of the deeds for which these awards were made. The following are a few typical episodes: -

    L/BOMBARDIER T. HESKETH, R.H.A., M.M.
    This N.C.O. volunteered to drive a gun carrier in a charge down a main road. Our forces were heavily out-numbered and the vehicle was under continuous fire, but L/Bombardier Hesketh displayed great coolness and drove his vehicle into the midst of a large number of the enemy, thus enabling the gun to fire with great effect. He was later instrumental in capturing a large number of prisoners.
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    MILITARY CROSS
    GORDON, SECOND LIEUTENANT IAN WILLIAM CRESWELL, R.A.
    On June 8 at Quincampoix when the infantry withdrew under pressure Second Lieutenant Gordon remained with the rear gun and directed the fire during the rearguard action. About 12 enemy A.F.V.s were destroyed by his troop, one field gun was silenced, one aeroplane was brought down, and a party of six parachutists were killed by one of his Bren guns. Second Lieutenant Gordon showed great courage while under fire, and by his example inspired his men to stand up to a vastly superior force of the enemy.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652529&queryType=1&resultcount=16
    Name Gordon, I W C
    Rank: Second Lieutenant
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 22 October 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
    LINTON, L.-SERG. A.C.C., R.A.
    On the afternoon of June 8 L.-Sergt. Linton was in position covering a road block on the Rouen-Forges road. An enemy attack developed and when the infantry withdrew his gun acted as rearguard, protecting the infantry from A.F.V.s. His detachment is known to have accounted for two light tanks, one field gun, and one aeroplane, and six parachutists. During the whole action he showed considerable courage and cheerfulness, and was a perfect example to his men.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652859&queryType=1&resultcount=4
    Name Linton, A C G
    Rank: Bombardier
    Service No: 1443995
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 20 December 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    MILITARY CROSS
    BATES, LIEUTENANT ALBERT FREDERICK, R.A.
    Lieutenant Bates displayed conspicuous presence of mind and bravery when his gun position was attacked with machine and cannon-gun fire from eight low-flying twin-engined German fighters. He maintained in action the last 3.7in. guns in France under heavy fire from German artillery and aerial bombs.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652717&queryType=1&resultcount=1
    Name Bates, A F
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment: 16 Anti-Aircraft Battery Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 20 December 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
    SMITH, SERGEANT J.F., R.A.
    On the evening of May 29, when left with a forward gun to defend the bridgehead, Sergeant Smith showed great courage, keeping his gun in action under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire. In this action he accounted for two tanks at point-blank range and held up the enemy infantry for a considerable period, only withdrawing when large enemy forces were within 200 yards of his gun.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652855&queryType=1&resultcount=2
    Name Smith, J F
    Rank: Serjeant
    Service No: 808677
    Regiment: 10 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 20 December 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
    MONAGHAN, T.S.M. P., R.A.
    Throughout the operations in Belgium and France T.S.M. Monaghan showed conspicuous courage, foresight, and initiative. As a result of his determination all four guns of his troop reached the Dunkerque area intact and in full fighting order. At daybreak on June 2 after orders had been given for embarkation and a hitch in the supply of boat had occurred, T.S.M. Monaghan found a sailing-boat containing food, but no crew. He took charge of the boat and sailed it across the Channel without charts, with nearly 200 officers and men on board. The boat was located by the Dover Patrol 24 hours later and brough safely into harbour.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652847&queryType=1&resultcount=1
    Name Monaghan, P
    Rank: Troop Serjeant Major
    Service No: 1065892
    Regiment: 13 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 20 December 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
    DOOLEY, LANCE-SERGEANT, M., R.A.
    On the afternoon of May 30 Sergeant Dooley's anti-tank gun was subject to heavy and continuous small arms and mortar fire from German positions on the far bank of the canal. The position had to be held for another two days in order to cover the withdrawal and embarcation of the rest of the force. Sergeant Dooley held the position with his small detachment of five men and one Bren gun sniping everyone in view till 10 a.m. on June 1, when penetration round his flanks made the position untenable. By his resistance carrying out as infantry role and by his sterling leadership Sergeant Dooley's action considerably influenced the whole course of the battle.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652858&queryType=1&resultcount=1
    Name Dooley, M
    Rank: Lance Serjeant
    Service No: 1017735
    Regiment: 13 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 20 December 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
    O'SULLIVAN, T.S.M., J., R.A.
    At St. Vanant on May 27 T.S.M. O'Sullivan was directing the fire of the one of his anti-tank guns during a heavy enemy attack when the No. 1 and one man of the detachment were killed and two others wounded T.S.M. O'Sullivan, though himself hit in the arm, with one other unwounded man continued effectively to fire the gun until the remaining unwounded man was hit. He then manned the gun alone and destroyed at least one other tank before a shell put the gun out of action and again wounded T.S.M. O'Sullivan.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652848&queryType=1&resultcount=1
    Name O'Sullivan, J
    Rank: Troop Serjeant Major
    Service No: 808244
    Regiment: 13 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 20 December 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    From The Times, Monday, July 8, 1940
    ARMY AWARDS

    GALLANT REARGUARD ACTIONS
    FINE LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE
    The War Office issues the following list of immediate awards by the Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force:-

    MILITARY MEDAL
    ISHERWOOD, GUNNER ALFRED, R.A.
    In the North Sea on the night May 27-28 Gunner Isherwood displayed conspicuous gallantry on board the SS Marquis during an attack by a German motor torpedo boat. Gunner Isherwood was armed with a Lewis gun, which he fired with effect from an exposed position in the SS Marquis. He was subjected to heavy enemy fire, and, on one occasion, his gun was disabled by an enemy bullet. He recovered his gun and continued to engage the enemy craft until it was finally silenced, showing throughout a complete disregard for his own safety.


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    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7652885&queryType=1&resultcount=2
    Name Isherwood
    Rank: Gunner
    Service No: 916001
    Regiment: Hopkinson Mission Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: British Expeditionary Force 1939-40
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 20 December 1940
    Date 1940-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/16
     
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    Captain (temporary Major) Richard Milliken, Royal Regiment of Artillery, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
    An officer of outstanding technical ability and practical experience of artillery equipments, he has also a rare gift of importing his knowledge and by his immensely helpful manner makes himself welcome wherever he goes. To him was largely due the excellent co-operation of the American long-range artillery in the opening battles. Later he was given the task of training French artillery in the use of 6-pounders, a job which he did outstanding successfully - teaching both the tactical as well as the technical handling.

    Almost all his work is done in the forward areas, and wherever trouble is to be found, there will be found putting it right. In times of heavy fighting he has, by his practical skill and good sense, repeatedly kept guns in action which would otherwise have had to have been evacuated to the rear.

    Major Milliken was born in Dublin.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7676394&queryType=1&resultcount=1
    Name Milliken, Robert
    Rank: Temporary Major
    Service No: 123370
    Regiment: Royal Regiment of Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia)
    Award: Order of the British Empire
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 23 September 1943
    Date 1943
    Catalogue reference WO 373/71

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    Gunner Michael Burke, Royal Regiment of Artillery, was awarded the Military Medal.
    On the evening of August 21st, 1943, near Scaletta, the position on which Gunner Burke was manning a gun came under continuous heavy shellfire from the Italian mainland for three-quarters of an hour. Large-calibre shells landed among the guns and dispersed the vehicles and eventually set fire to a Matador loaded with 4.5-inch shells and charges which burnt furiously.

    Gunner Burke, with complete disregard of danger while shells still fell around, stood on the Matador and threw off the flaming boxes of charges, despite the added danger of the ammunition on the Matador exploding.
    By his efforts the fire was put under control and extinguished, despite severe burn to his hands and arms. If this had developed, the smoke from the fire would have drawn further heavy fire from the mainland, which must have resulted in damage to guns and vehicles and caused casualties among the gun detachments.

    Gunner Burke was born in Tipperary.


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    Name Burke, Michael
    Rank: Gunner
    Service No: 948374
    Regiment: 7 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Sicily
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 18 November 1943
    Date 1943-1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/3


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    Second-Lieutenant George Edward Pinsent Fawcett, Royal Regiment of Artillery, was awarded the Military Cross.
    On January 31st, 1942, Second-Lieutenant Fawcett was in command of an troop of Bofors providing anti-aircraft defence of a field-gun position near Carmusa which was assisting in covering the withdrawal of our main forces from the Martuba area. A strong enemy column attacked the position, and enemy infantry succeeded in surprising and overwhelming the field-gun position. Second-Lieutenant Fawcett, with great coolness and presence of mind, succeeded in disengaging two of his guns and placed them in action to cover the withdrawal of the vehicles which had managed to avoid encirclement. The gun on which he positioned himself was subjected to heavy fire from an anti-tank gun, but due to this determination and cheerful encouragement the gun continued to bring fire to bear on the enemy. This gun alone fought a rearguard action which delayed the enemy lorried infantry, and caused them to call up their anti-tank gun. The delay, though of short duration, enable the rest of the field battery and other vehicles to get clear.

    Second-Lieutenant Fawcett himself took the most exposed duty at the gun. When the gun tractor was put out of action and the eventual capture of the gun became a certainty, he ordered the men to make their escape and, with calm deliberation in the face of heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, disabled his gun and took the breech away, burying this at a distance from the gun. He made his own way through enemy lines and after three days succeeded in making his escape, together with three Indian soldiers whom he had picked up, after a journey on foot of some 80 miles. Throughout this action Second-Lieutenant Fawcett showed great resourcefulness and devotion to duty, and due to his inspiring courage and determination undoubted saved the greater part of his troop from capture.

    Second-Lieutenant Fawcett was born in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7654018&queryType=1&resultcount=2
    Name Fawcett, George Edward Pinsent
    Rank: Second Lieutenant
    Service No: 155220
    Regiment: 170 Light Anti-Aircraft Battery Royal Artillery, 57 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Middle East (Egypt and Libya)
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 23 April 1942
    Date 1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/19


    London Gazette:
    15 November 1940
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34995/supplements/6617
    21 April 1942
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35532/pages/1795


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    Lieutenant (temporary Captain) Harry Charles Neil Maxwell Oulton, Royal Horse Artillery, was awarded the Military Cross.
    On September 28th, 1943, Captain Oulton’s regiment in support of an infantry group was ordered to capture and secured the river crossing in the River Sarno. The enemy was encountered in the act of preparing the Scafati Bridge for demolition. Captain Oulton took prominent part in the fighting for the bridge, using both 25-pounders and a machine-gun. On continuing with the landing elements he came under heavy machine-gun and 75-mm. fire from German tanks at 300 yards range.

    He established an observation post in a house and came under heavy mortar fire, one shell of which killed his signaller and some others landed in his post two feet away from him. He continued to observe for some time until ordered to withdraw. His initiative and courage contributed largely to the capture and consolidation of the bridgehead.

    Captain Oulton comes from Dublin.

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7644336&queryType=1&resultcount=3
    Name Oulton, Henry Charles Neil Maxwell
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 10194
    Regiment: 3 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 13 January 1944
    Date 1943-1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/4
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7672434&queryType=1&resultcount=3
    Name Oulton, Harry Charles Neil Maxwell
    Rank: Lieutenant, Temporary Captain
    Service No: 101947
    Regiment: 3 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Bar to Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 24 January 1946
    Date 1945-1946
    Catalogue reference WO 373/56

    London Gazette:
    27 October 1939
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34719/pages/7254

    11 January 1944 [M.C.]
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36327/pages/255

    15 September 1975
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/46685/supplements/11643



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    Lieutenant (acting Captain) Robert Ringrose Gelston Atkins, Royal Regiment of Artillery, (since killed in action), was awarded the Military Cross.
    On January 21st, 1943, Captain R.R.G. Atkins was Forward Observation Officer with the leading troop of a battalion of the London Irish Rifles, when the platoon was attacking some hills North of Bou Arada.

    Throughout the day this officer performed his duties with outstanding gallantry. At one period in the action, he found himself in a nullah with a platoon of the London Irish Rifles who had lost their officers and senior non-commissioned officers, and were being subjected to accurate and destructive mortar fire.

    Captain Atkins immediately took charge, exposing himself, regardless of danger, to locate the mortar - putting heavy fire on it, and laying a smoke screen in order that the wounded could be evacuated.

    Throughout the action, Captain Atkins showed determination, skill and resource, in addition to great devotion to duty.

    Captain Atkins was born in Dublin.


    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7643334&queryType=1&resultcount=2
    Name Atkins, Robert Ringrose Colston
    Rank: Temporary Captain
    Service No: 94732
    Regiment: The Ayrshire Yeomanry, 152 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia)
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 23 September 1943
    Date 1943-1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/2

    London Gazette:
    24 January 1941
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35056/supplements/537

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2104561
    Captain ROBERT RINGROSE GELSTON ATKINS, M C 94732, 152 (The Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regt., Royal Artillery who died age 23 on 25 January 1943
    Son of Brigadier Robert Ringrose Gelston Atkins and Ena May Gelston Atkins.
    Remembered with honour MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 15. G. 13.
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