33717 William Henry KINGSMILL, DSO, 6 Grenadier Guards

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    Kingsmill, William Henry
    Rank: Major
    Service No: 33717
    Regiment: 6 Battalion Grenadier Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Distinguished Service Order
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 27 January 1944
    Date 1943-1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/4

    201st Guards Brigade, 56th Division, 10 Corps
    33717 War Substantive Major, Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry KINGSMILL, M.C.

    During the evening of 11th September at BATTIPAGLIA a heavy attack developed on the Sector of the front held by the 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS with two companies 3rd Battalion COLDSTREAM GUARDS under command.

    The enemy succeeded in penetrating into the position through the thick country in considerable numbers, so that at one state the position appeared critical.

    Lieutenant-Colonel KINGSMILL with great presence of mind, organised counter-attack after counter-attack, which eventually succeeded in repelling the enemy. By the time that this happened, every man who was in the area, no matter what his normal employment was in the firing lines.

    It is greatly due to Lieutenant-Colonel KINGSMILL's courage, leadership and personal example that the battalion repelled this attack.

    Signed Brigadier Commanding 201st Guards Brigade 29th September 1943.

    Granted an Immediate D.S.O.
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