HARRISON, Arthur Herbert

Lance Sergeant
Royal Engineers
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Sapper Arthur Harrison, 238 Field Coy., R.E., was wounded in 1940 during operations with the British Expeditionary Force in France [1].
  • 6 January 1943 (Corporal) (No.6 Commando) wounded North Africa [2].
  • 1945 (Lance Sergeant) (No.6 Commando) awarded the Military Medal [3][4].
"At Osnabruck on 4 April 1945 L/Sgt Harrison and his sub-section were ordered to enter a large factory and clear it of enemy snipers.
L/Sgt Harrison entered one doorway of a large machine workshop, and as he did so a group of five enemy fired a Panzerfaust at him from the other end of the workshop. This wounded L/Sgt Harrison in the leg. However, completely undaunted, L/Sgt Harrison went on, as best his wound would allow, firing his carbine at the enemy, killing one and driving the remainder of the party, which included a Spandau team out of the building where he killed another. Leading his sub-section on to where the enemy had taken cover, he drove them out once again and was responsible for wounding yet another before the other two enemy surrendered.
Up to this moment the unit had been held up as the factory overlooked the route which the unit had to take and several casualties had been caused by the spandau.
L/Sgt Harrison by his gallant and dashing action, in which he showed complete disregard for his own personal safety, enabled the advance of the unit to continue without further casualties" [4].
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/12.
[2] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/56.
[3] London Gazette 37172, page 3594.
[4] National Archives file WO373/54/900.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 109 issued September 1999.

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