2617752 Frank WALMSLEY, DCM, 3 Grenadier Guards

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    Walmsley, Frank
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Service No: 2617752
    Regiment: 3 Battalion Grenadier Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia)
    Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 04 May 1943
    Date 1943
    Catalogue reference WO 373/1

    1st Guards Brigade, 78th Division, 5 Corps
    2617752 Lance-Corporal Frank WALMSLEY, 3rd Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    On 5th February 1943 at about 1330 hours the Battalion together with 1st Battalion PARACHUTE REGIMENT were ordered to withdraw from their position on DJEBEL MANSOUR.

    The withdrawal was carried out in daylight under heavy Artillery, Mortar and Machine Gun fire. The evacuation of casualties, which were considerable, was the most difficult problem. Lance-Corporal WALMSLEY at once volunteered to take out his Carrier to bring in stretcher cases.

    Though under heavy fire and across open country he went out again and again to bring in the wounded with no regard for his own safety. His courage and initiative was an example to the other Carriers who all did excellent work.

    Lance-Corporal WALMSLEY not only helped in the collecting of our own wounded but also those of the 1st Battalion PARACHUTE REGIMENT, and it was largely due to his coolness and devotion to duty that so large a number were successfully evacuated.

    When the last one was brought in, he again went out to satisfy himself that no one was left. His behaviour throughout was the greatest admiration of all who saw him.

    I recommend that Lance-Corporal WALMSLEY be given the immediate award of D.C.M.

    Granted D.C.M.

    2617752 Lance-Corporal WALMSLEY, Frank

    This Non-Commissioned Officer was the driver of a Bren Carrier and did fine work in evacuating many wounded from the Ravine Post, the "woggery" and the plain during the days of the MANSOUR engagement.

    On the last day of the battle, Corporal WALMSLEY drove his Carrier forward time after time and even when it seemed impossible, because of heavy shell and mortar fire, for him to get through, he continued his work unperturbed.

    Signed W.M. MacEWEN, Lieutenant-Colonel, R.A.M.C., Commanding 16 (PARACHUTE) Field Ambulance, In the Field, 12th February, 1943.

    Strongly recommended
    Signed L.W.C. FAVIEL, Brigadier, Commander 1st PARACHUTE BRIGADE.

    Strongly recommended for immediate award
    Signed V. COPLAND GRIFFITHS, Brigadier, Commanding 1st Guards Brigade, 3rd March 1943.
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