2700715 Robert BALCOMBE, MM, 2 Scots Guards

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    Name Balcombe, Robert
    Rank: Corporal
    Service No: 2700715
    Regiment: 2 Battalion Scots Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 21 December 1944
    Date 1944-1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/9

    24th Guards Brigade, 5th British Division, 10 Corps
    2700715 War Substantive Corporal, Lance-Sergeant Robert BALCOMBE, 2nd Battalion SCOTS GUARDS

    This Sergeant whilst on patrol in front of TRIMONSUOLI displayed great courage and leadership, in that when the patrol were challenged by the enemy, he immediately grasped the situation and, after waiting a few minutes, attacked the enemy.

    He entered a house, rushed in and shot two men dead with his tommy-gun. Still keeping his men under control, although there was no light in the house, they went up the stairs and proceeded to kill a further two. He then withdrew his men from the house and they were heavily fired on.

    Sergeant BALCOMBE withdrew his men and returned to our lines. Much valuable information concerning enemy movement was brought back, especially about the laying of mines and also about the pin-pointing of enemy automatic weapons.

    His conduct under extremely difficult conditions was exemplary, and his initiative and courage were magnificent.

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