RANDALL, Donald Charles

Lance Sergeant
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
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LSgt Don Randall 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Donald Randall, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].  Wounded and taken prisoner after the raid he was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [2][3].
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [4].
"On 28th March 1942 during the Commando raid at St Nazaire, France, Sgt Randall was a member of an assault force commanded by Captain Roy. The second in command of this force was wounded in the leg and unable to land, and Sgt Randall, showing great initiative, immediately took charge of the section and led it to its objective.
On arriving at the objective both his section and the remainder of the force were seriously depleted owing to wounds and it was found impossible to carry out the written orders. Realising this Capt. Roy immediately called for a volunteer to assist him to destroy two gun positions which were on top of the Pumping Station some 20 feet high at the top of a two storey building. Sgt Randall immediately volunteered.
With Capt Roy, in the face of heavy plunging fire, he reached the top of the building with a scaling ladder and with amazing coolness forced the enemy gun crew to withdraw and placed the charge on the guns and brought about their total destruction.
On completion of this task Sgt Randall went straight to the bridge where he took up a position without cover with an LMG, and with total disregard for his own safety, gave covering fire to the remainder of the force which had to cross the bridge.
Throughout the whole action this NCO's individual bravery, and total disregard of his own personal danger, was an example to all, and worthy of the highest traditions of the British Army. His cool courage is worthy of high recognition." [5]
His death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 of March 2001.
[1] St. Nazaire Society website.
[2] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.
[3] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
[4] London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
[5] National Archives file WO373/46/274.

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