TATE, Alan

Temporary Lieutenant
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Thursday, February 5, 1925
Died : 
Monday, September 24, 2012
Lieutenant Alan Tate was awarded the M.C. [1] for courage and great devotion to duty during operations at the River Maas near Roermond on 27/28 January 1945 [2].
On the night of 27/28 Jan, 45 Cdo. carried out a raid on enemy territory (Belle Isle [3] .....more) which involved crossing the River Maas near Roermond.  D Troop carried out this raid and Lt Tate with nine men of E Troop was detailed to hold a bridgehead through which D Troop was to withdraw. At 0100hrs twenty enemy attempted to rush the bridgehead position, supported by bazookas. Although Tate's position was exposed he held it firmly, killing one officer and 8 of the enemy, and wounding as many more. His complete coolness and control of the position enabled him to beat off this attack, and later to withdraw his sub section and the wounded from D Troop, for the loss of one slight casualty [2].
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37048, page 2172.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/47/61.
[3] Obituary in the Daily Telegraph.

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