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28027 CPL. Daniel Ungerer Alberts (Military Medal)

For outstanding courage and initiative in an attack by his battalion on a sector of Miteiriya Ridge on night 23/24 October 1942 During the advance to the strongpoint he showed exceptional courage and calm. Shortly after assaulting the strongpoint his officer and sergeant were killed. He assumed command of the platoon and led it in a bayonet charge on an enemy position. He continued to command the platoon in an able and zealous manner and was of great assistance to his company commander. Throughout the operations his courage and leadership were of the highest order.

28146  Captain GilbertI Blundell Brown (Military Cross)

For conspicuous gallantry and initiative under enemy fire at El Alamein during October and November 1942 This officer has always shown the utmost gallantry and complete disregard for his personal safety under enemy fire. Prior to, and during the successful storming of enemy positions, this officer, as Adjutant to the Battalion, on 23/24 October 1942, voluntarily went forward on several occasions and co-ordinated the linking of the two most forward companies at a time when one company had lost most of its officers and non-commissioned officers. He was able to present to his commanding officer a complete picture of the front, and of the support necessary to fill in gaps due to casualties. Throughout this attack, Captain Brown displayed commendable initiative and devotion to duty under continuous heavy fire, his calmness and personal bravery being an inspiration to officers and men alike. Again, on 28 October 1942, this officer showed complete disregard for his personal safety when evacuating men and vehicles from an area which was being heavily shelled.

33731 Major Dennis Leigh Gale (Military Cross)

For conspicuous gallantry, devotion to duty and high qualities of leadership when commanding a forward company during the attack by his battalion on Miteiriya Ridge, night 23/24 October 1942 Under exceptionally heavy enemy fire this officer, by his personal example and inspiring leadership, reached his objective on the scheduled time and assisted materially to subdue an enemy strongpoint which two other battalions of the brigade had to pass for the final objective. Early in the advance Major Gale was wounded and his company suffered casualties. Nevertheless he pressed on, and controlled his platoons admirably until the final assault, and reorganized, pending possible counter-attacks. He refused to be evacuated until the objective had been achieved.

28334 CPL. John Joseph Hayton (Military Medal)

For courage, leadership and fortitude during the attack by his battalion on a sector of Miteiriya Ridge, night 23/24 October 1942 During the advance to the objective this N.C.O. was wounded on three different occasions, but continued to lead his section. He took part in the final assault and led his men with determination. He refused to be evacuated until compelled to do so through pain and loss of blood. His fortitude, courage and leadership were outstanding.

28325 CPL. John William Hemsted (Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Attack on Bardia-31 December 1941 This N.C.O. displayed great bravery and magnificent leadership throughout the attack on Bardia. His platoon was allotted the task of taking a strongpoint on the right of a gap in the outside fence. Corporal Hemsted immediately volunteered for this duty. On the morning of 31 December 1941, he suppressed fire from this strongpoint and engaged it at daylight, when it surrendered, his section capturing an officer and twenty-six other ranks. During the period, the section was under heavy fire, and due to splendid leadership, stuck to their task until it was achieved. Throughout the subsequent action, this corporal’s leadership was of the finest order.

28336 CPL. William Hindshaw (Military Medal)

Attack on Bardia-31 December 1941 This N.C.O. showed outstanding ability and daring during the initial attack on Bardia defences on the morning of 31 December 1941. During the attack, he led his section in assaulting one strongpoint after another, and throughout the action risked his own life to help his men until he himself was eventually wounded. His outstanding leadership and courage were directly responsible for the fall of several strongpoints.

28399 L/CPL. Victor Jacobus Keet (Military Medal)

Attack on Bardia 31 December 1941 During the attack on Bardia, this N.C.O. showed outstanding bravery. While cleaning up a certain sector, considerable opposition was encountered from one post with mortar and machine-gun fire, and it was extremely difficult to get near enough to deal with the post. Without orders, this N.C.O. and another, in the face of heavy fire, crept forward and by means of rifle fire, were able to subdue the post, killing four and wounding three. As a result of this deed, our force was able to continue its advance.

241664 PTE. Gerhardus Merthinus Samuel Maritz (Military Medal)

Attack on Bardia 31 December 1941 During the attack on Bardia, this man showed outstanding bravery. While cleaning up a certain sector, considerable opposition was encountered from one post with mortar and machine-gun fire, and it was extremely difficult to get near enough to deal with the post. Without orders, this man, and an N.C.O., in the face of heavy fire, crept forward, and by means of rifle fire, were able to subdue the post, killing four and wounding three. As a result of this deed, our force was able to continue the advance.

241649 PTE. Ivan Paul Mason (Military Medal)

For conspicuous courage, initiative and high qualities of leadership during an attack by his battalion on Miteiriya Ridge, night 23/24 October 1942 Throughout the attack Private Mason was conspicuous for his courage and determination. Before the final objective was reached, his platoon commander and all his N.C.O.s were casualties. He thereupon organized the remainder of the platoon and led them through the remainder of the attack to the final objective with distinction. Subsequently, on three occasions, he volunteered to lead bearers through A/P minefields to evacuate wounded, which he did. At all times he displayed exceptional courage and initiative and was of the utmost assistance to his company commander.

33285 CPL. Maurice Leo Meyerowitz (Military Medal)

Attack on Bardia 31 December 1941 On the morning of 31 December 1941, on the right flank, an enemy machine-gun post was holding up the advance of a platoon. Corporal Meyerowitz's section was detailed to bring mortar fire on to the post. Owing to the near proximity of our own troops to the enemy post, this was not possible without endangering their lives, whereupon Corporal Meyerowitz volunteered to go forward and deal with the post himself. He crawled forward until it was possible to bring fire on to the enemy machine-gun, thereby forcing him to hold his fire and by so doing reduced considerably the number of casualties that would have been incurred should he have not silenced the enemy machine-gun.

33300 CPL. Ronald Sydney Munton (Military Medal)

For the highest qualities of leadership, conspicuous courage and devotion to duty when his battalion attacked Miteiriya Ridge, night 23/24 October l942 When, during heavy enemy fire, Corporal Munton's platoon sergeant was wounded, he took his place and admirably kept the platoon together despite serious casualties. After distinguishing himself in the assault on the first objective, this N.C.O. observed an ammunition truck had run over an isolated mine in a vital gap and was burning. Displaying commendable presence of mind and outstanding bravery, he rushed forward with two of his men to extinguish the fire, and succeeded in doing so although wounded by A/P mine. Corporal Munton's prompt action and enterprise prevented serious consequences to a number of men in the vicinity of the ammunition truck and also obviated a blockage in the narrow minefield gap, which would have hindered the advance.

33380 CPL. Harry Austin Proctor (Military Medal)

For outstanding qualities of leadership and exceptional courage during the attack on Bardia during 31 December 1941 /2 January 1942. In the early stages of the action, his platoon commander was killed and platoon sergeant and remaining two section commanders wounded. Corporal Proctor thereupon assumed leadership of the platoon and led it with distinction throughout the remainder of the action.

33443 CPL. Norval James Seggie (Distinguished Conduct Medal)

For outstanding courage and leadership in a night patrol operating from Ain-el-Gazala on the night of 13/14 May 1942 The platoon of which this N.C.O. was a section commander was ordered at very short notice on night 13/14 May 1942 to endeavour to obtain a prisoner which was urgently needed by higher authority. The platoon of which he was a part was blown up in a truck approaching the enemy position, and was badly shaken. His platoon sergeant and three other men were injured. The platoon nevertheless carried on, on foot, for 8 kilometres, and Corporal Seggie, with his section, by good section-leading, crossed a minefield and stalked to within 15 yards of an enemy post, when they made their assault, killing four Germans and capturing one. The success of this patrol was due in no small measure to this N.C.O.'s courage and skill in handling his section.

33457 W.O. II Bertie George Simpkins (Military Medal)

For courage, coolness and leadership during attack at El Alamein 23 October 1942 and while acting as a platoon commander Warrant Officer Simpkins has on many occasions taken charge of patrols and, when in contact with the enemy, has displayed great courage and has been an inspiration to the men under his command. During an advance by his company on 23/24 October 1942, Warrant Officer Simpkins, by example, led his men forward at a time when they were sustaining heavy casualties. Twice, when it was essential to maintain contact with the flanking Regiment, he ran the gauntlet of heavy enemy fire to achieve the duty assigned to him. His handling of offensive patrols and his reliability in tense situations is an inspiration and example to all ranks.

33469 CPL. Thomas Joseph Smith (Military Medal)

For high qualities of leadership, outstanding bravery, and devotion on Miteiriya Ridge, night 23/24 October 1942 Corporal Smith led his section under heavy enemy fire with great coolness and courage. When his platoon sergeant was wounded, he assumed the higher responsibility and ably led his men forward to the first objective. Two of his men were killed and two others wounded by A/P mines. At great personal risk Corporal Smith located, in the darkness, by feeling with his hands in the sand, a number of mines and rendered them harmless. He cleared a path for his men and by so doing saved the lives of others in his platoon. This N.C.O., by total disregard for his own safety under extremely dangerous conditions, displayed conduct of the highest order.

28008 Captain Ernest Reginald Tickton (Military Cross)

For outstanding gallantry, devotion to duty and quick appreciation in action, during an attack by his battalion on Miteiriya Ridge, night 23/24 October 1942 Captain Tickton attacked an enemy disposition with his company from a distance of 1,400 yards. Although his ranks were thinned through serious casualties, and all officers except a platoon commander and himself had, besides all platoon sergeants and several other N.C.O.s become killed or wounded, he stormed through the enemy wire and subdued the first enemy positions. Due to this officer's outstanding efforts, the control and co-ordination of his company was at all times in hand, and the momentum of the advance was not checked. After having accomplished his task, Captain Tickton went forward with his company to its final objective. Throughout the advance this officer's company was subjected to heavy enemy fire and the men had to cross an area liberally sown with booby traps and A/P mines. By his inspiring leadership, coolness and personal example of bravery, he urged his men on to their objective.

33572 CPL. Ernest Frederick Waspe (Military Medal)

For consistent bravery, initiative and devotion to duty at Gazala and El Alamein during the period 1 May 1942 to 31 October 1942 Corporal Waspe took part in numerous fighting and reconnaissance patrols preceding and during the enemy assault on the main Gazala line. He particularly distinguished himself on the afternoon and evening of 27 May 1942, while section commander, in a very exposed position at Gazala, beating off an attack by the enemy who, owing to the nature the ground, had been able to close in on his particular sector. His sector was completely isolated from the rest of his platoon and company, and the denying of this position to the enemy had far-reaching effects on the attack. His section inflicted casualties and the following day enemy in this particular sector were forced to withdraw. Although heavily shelled for the next fortnight, he prevented all enemy infiltration into his section post. His control of his section under most difficult conditions was exemplary. At El Alamein he again proved himself a determined and courageous patroller under exceptionally trying conditions.

N15887 PTE. Amiel Moage (Military Medal)

For conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and enterprise, when his battalion was attacking Miteiriya Ridge night 23/24 October 1942 Private Moage was a member of a stretcher-bearer team which was evacuating under heavy artillery and mortar fire. During this work the N.C.O. in charge of the team was killed. Displaying commendable initiative, he assumed command of the detachment. Regardless of the continued heavy fire and further casualties among his team, he continued to evacuate the wounded without regard for his personal safety. By his calm courage and devotion to duty he was instrumental in evacuating many wounded, until he himself became a casualty. Throughout this period his conduct was of the highest order and inspired the remainder of the team.