Victoria Crosses That Never Were....

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  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Recommended for VC, downgraded to DCM

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C9468072
    Reference: WO 373/55/908
    Name Dixon, Donald
    Rank: Fusilier
    Service No: 4204835
    Regiment: 7 Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 02 August 1945

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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Any joy at making out what has been crossed out? I think I have:

    and said "word? word? word? word? I can't get word? and I am word? think I have lost a leg"

    EDIT: I see the Company Commander states what was said in his account.
     
  3. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    spoke to him and said "Here I am sir, I can't get contact and I am afraid that I have lost a leg"

    (the words are actually in the next sheet)

    (then on last page)..to the RAP where 'although still wounded' his first thoughts were.....
     
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  4. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Captain Stephen Charles FRANCIS
    1st Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment
    Recommended for the VC for action on the March 6th, 1942, awarded DSO. He was wounded a day later and died to his wounds on the March 8th, 1942.

    ‘A’ Company was involved in an action at Waw with the 7th Hussars. This involved the only tank against tank action in the Burma campaign of 1942, and required the 7th Hussars and ‘A’ Company to break through a roadblock established by the Japanese on the main road. The Company Commander, Captain Stephen Charles FRANCIS was awarded the D.S.O. for his leadership, even though the Commanding Officer of the 7th Hussars wished to recommend him for the Victoria Cross, but the necessary three independent witnesses could not be found. Captain FRANCIS was wounded on 7 March, and he died of his wounds the next day. He was aged twenty-four years.

    Source: https://www.britishmilitaryhistory....ARINDIN-Major-General-Philip-Charles-V3_1.pdf


    He is only the second person recommended for a VC during the First Burma Campaign, as far as I know. He is commemorated at the Rangoon Memorial.
     

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