Sgt Maurice Rogers VC MM

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  1. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    I took This impressive image of a group that is displayed in the Rifles Museum in Salisbury.
    I thought that I would share it.

    CK.
     

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  2. Owen

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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Drew transcribed his MM recommendation & added it to that thread I linked to.
    http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/9425-italy-map-wanted-sgt-rogers-vc/?p=248846

    Drew also posted the citation for his VC here.
    http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/15521-all-the-victoria-crosses-of-world-war-two/?p=174943
     
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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Rogers, Sgt. Maurice A.W., VC MM



    Maurice Rogers (1919 - 1944) of Chadwin Road, Plaistow was a Sergeant in the 2nd. Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. He was awarded the Victoria Cross and Military Medal.

    The citation in the London Gazette of 8th August, 1944, gives the following details; In Italy, a battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment was ordered to attack high ground held by the enemy. The carrier platoon of the leading company, dismounted was ordered to capture the final objective. They advanced under intense fire and sustained a number of casualties. The platoon, checked by the enemy's wire and the intensity of his machine-gun fire, took cover some 70 yards short of their objective. Sergeant Rogers continued to advance alone, and penetrated 30 yards inside the enemy's defences, drawing their fire and throwing them into confusion. Inspired by his example, the platoon began the assault. Sergeant Rogers was blown off his feet by a grenade, and wounded in the leg. Nothing daunted, he ran on towards an enemy machine-gun post, attempting to silence it. He was shot and killed at point blank range. This N.C.O.'s undaunted determination, fearless devotion to duty and superb courage carried his platoon on to their objective in a strongly defended position. The great gallantry and heroic self-sacrifice of Sergeant Rogers were in the highest tradition of the British Army.

    Rogers was buried in the Beach Head War Cemetery in Anzio. His VC is on display in the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment Museum, Salisbury.

    Photo Copyright: Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment Museum
    [​IMG]http://www.newhamstory.com/node/1916


    http://www.newhamstory.com/node/1916
     
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  7. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

    Fantastic, thanks, Very Impressive!.
    I will dig out the other couple of VC Images from that small (but perfectly formed museum!)

    CK.
     
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Look forward to seeing them CK, you don't 'arf' get about. :)
     
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Thought I'd add the headstone photo I took in May 2008.
     

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  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    70 years ago today Sgt Rogers was killed in the action for which he was awarded the VC.
    :poppy:


    http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/research/war-diaries/detail/18219

    scan of postcard from regimental museum of a painting depicting the action.
     

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  11. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    I am in the Beach Head CWGC cemetery tomorrow to tip my hat to Sgt Rogers.

    FdeP
     
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  12. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    :poppy: good day cooler king.16th march 2014,01:48am.re:sgt maurice rogers,VC.MM.a hero indeed.may he rest in peace.regards bernsard85 :poppy: :poppy:
     
  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    The award of the VC is mentioned in the Bn war diary in August 1944.

    http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/research/war-diaries/detail/18238

    http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/research/war-diaries/detail/18240

    http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/research/war-diaries/detail/18379

    http://www.thewardrobe.org.uk/research/war-diaries/detail/18588

     
  14. jays-2000

    jays-2000 New Member

    Hi Owen

    can I ask why are you after so much information about Sgt Maurice Rogers VC.MM
     
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    It's because I'm from Wiltshire .
     
  16. jays-2000

    jays-2000 New Member

    Its so nice to see the amount of research you have done
    very impressive
    im very proud to say that Sgt Maurice Rogers was my great uncle
     
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  17. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Hello,

    I'm not too sure about this one. My father on first joining up in August of 1938 went into the Wiltshire Regiment where he stayed until May of 1942. Among his few old photos of Wiltshire Regt. men is one that bears a slight resemblance to Sgt. Maurice Rogers as a teenager. Most photos of Rogers show him as a bright-eyed smiling young man unlike the small photo of the youth shown in the comparison. I tried to contact the great nephew, but there was no response. Although I'm not totally confident this is the same person, I thought it intriguing enough to submit for opinion.

    Unknown (L), Sgt. M. Rogers (R).jpg

    Regards ...
     
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  18. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just thought I'd bump this thread as tomorrow will be 75 years since he died.
     
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  19. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    In Beach Head next Sat.

    Will tip my hat and place a poppy to the brave chap.

    Frank
     
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