BROWN, Albert

Rank: 
Acting Temporary Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 4113
Honours & Awards: 
Sergeant Albert Brown was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy.
 

Citation

After fighting at Merville, 45 Cdo. was ordered to withdraw to Le Plein at 1900hrs on 8 June 44. During the return journey, the leading troop was heavily engaged by enemy ?? posns at a range of 50yds in close ?? Sgt. Brown was ordered to take charge of the party detailed to engage the enemy posns. He destroyed the first posn by accurately aimed 68 grenade from an EY rifle, but was unable to deal with the remaining 2 posns owing to the posn of a thick hedge between him and them. With complete disregard to personal safety, he left all cover and standing in the open, fired all his remaining bombs with such good effect that the remaining 2 posns were neutralised. His cool courage was an inspiration to all, and enabled the remaining troops to continue their withdrawal unimpeded.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4008.
National Archives file WO/373/47/13.
 
Notes
?? = Illegible word on citation copy.
 

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