BARR, Edward

Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
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Corporal Edward Barr was attached to No.11 Commando until joining No.1 Special Boat Section in the Middle East. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East on 9/10 June 1942 [1][2][3].
"Corporal Barr, together with another N.C.O. of the Special Boat Section and an officer in charge, carried out an attack on Kastelli aerodrome, Crete, on the night 9/10 June 1942. They left their hideout on the beach on the night of 6th June and returned at 0530 on 13th June after a difficult and hazardous march through enemy occupied territory and a successful attack on their objective. Their bag amounted to seven aircraft, 210 - 60 gallon drums of petrol, 6 transport vehicles, 3 bomb dumps, and 1 large oil fuel dump. Fires and explosions are also believed to have caused 70 casualties to German personnel on the aerodrome. The success of the attack was due to the good leadership of the officer in charge, and the courage and skill of Corporal Barr" [2].
[1] London Gazette 35771, page 4796.
[2] National Archives file WO373/46/27.
[3] SBS in World War Two, author G.B. Courtney.

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