PYMAN, Alan Cresswell Holman

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
86776
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, June 6, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
23
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Capt. Pyman MC
Captain Alan Pyman MC died during operations at Normandy on D Day. He had earlier been awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.
 
Recommendation
"26 Feb. 1943 Fedi Et Attia (516128 Sheet 34)
Lt. Pyman was in command of 2 troop. He was ordered to attack a Coy. of the Herman Goering Jaegar Regt. at 0625hrs. on 26 Feb1943. His own party was 46 strong. He attacked with vigour and skill driving driving this company into a prepared trap. He was then attacked by a second company and lost and retook a hilltop at 528126 no less than three times. He withdrew the Troop after 6 hours fierce fighting when they had no ammunition left having caused considerable enemy losses. He then led his men back to their own lines through enemy occupied territory without loss, a task which took them ten hours. This Officer has shown outstanding courage and skill on every occasion and is a first class example to his men."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 36000, page 1996.
National Archives file WO373/1/188.
 
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
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