Warrant Officer Class II (SSM) William Thomas Bronze Star, 4th Queen's Own Hussars, RAC. Awarded Bronze Star, USA. Previously awarded Military Medal. Commanding General 15 Army Gp: At 0515 hrs, on 4 January 1945, an enemy infantry attack was launched across Via Al Conventello. A captured enemy operation order later disclosed that this attack was made with three companies of infantry. The country is flat but enclosed with rows of vines. The vine lanes lead North towards the enemy enabling him to observe lateral movement and bring down effective fire. The fire consisted chiefly of mortar and machine gun from behind the flood bank of drainage canal 400 yards to the North. At 0615 hrs SSM Thomas was ordered to replenish the troop of tanks of 'A' Squadron, 4th Queen's Own Hussars and a platoon of the 12th Lancers at Casa Di Mezza (spelling), MR 472467, who were heavily engaged, virtually surrounded and running short of ammunition. The ammunition was loaded in a turret less Stuart Tank. SSM Thomas fought his way into Casa Di Mezza and dumped the ammunition. He then offered to remain to assist in the defence of the farm. The extra fire power giving great assistance. Then the fire slackened on his front he visited other sectors giving assistance with his Bren Gun and a T.S.B.G (?) Later on hearing that a platoon of the 1st Kings Royal Rifle Corps, at MR. 473469, were running short of ammunition he volunteered to take a small load to them though he knew they were also surrounded and he would have to move the whole way through ground held by large numbers of enemy. From this farm he received orders to return to Sqn Headquarters, as he had completed his task. By this heroic action he succeeded in replenishing two infantry platoons and one troop of tanks, who, if ammunition had not arrived, would have been overcome thus enabling the enemy to seize ground vital to the flank of 5th Canadian Armoured Division. This division was carrying out a major operation in a North Easterly direction in the locality described on the morning of 4 January 1945, sixty-seven prisoners of war were taken and approximately eighty killed for the loss of one Sergeant, three men and one tank. Dated 4.3.45. There is a far shorter less detailed version of events by the 4th Queen's Own Hussars CO. and some personal details of WO2 William Thomas.