BARNES, George

Rank: 
Company Sergeant Major (later Lieutenant)
Regiment/Corps: 
Grenadier Guards
King's Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
2617252
George Barnes MM Special Boat Section
Sergeant George Barnes was attached to No.8 Commando from the Grenadier Guards. He was selected for the new Folbot Troop commanded by Captain Roger Courtney, which would later become No.1 Special Boat Section, embarking with them for the Middle East as part of Layforce [1].
  • 24 February 1942 awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East on 11 June 1941 [2][2a].
Recommendation
Special Boat Section M.E. HMS Medway Alexandria.
"On 11 June 1941 this N.C.O. displayed great coolness and courage under fire during a seaborne raid of a dangerous nature into enemy territory, and by great presence of mind ensured not only the success of the operation but also the safe withdrawal of the raiding party" [2a].
 
  • 5 November 1942 awarded a Bar to the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East on 9/10 June 1942 [3][3a].
Recommendation
Sergeant (Acting WO2) Company Sergeant Major.
"The above named, 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 C.S.M. Barnes" [3a].
 
  • 6 December 1943 granted an Immediate Emergency Commission in the rank of Second Lieutenant, King's Regiment [4].
  • February 1944 (Lieutenant) serving in 2 S.B.S. 'A' Group [see Linked Content below].
Sources
[1] SBS in World War Two, author G.B. Courtney.
[2] London Gazette 35465, page 897.
[2a] National Archives file WO373/19/241.
[3] London Gazette 35771, page 4796.
[3a] National Archives file WO373/46/26.
[4] London Gazette 36313, page 78.
 

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