BARTON, Harold

Lance Sergeant
Manchester Regiment
Service numbers: 
Honours & Awards: 
Monday, August 27, 1917
Died : 
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Lance Sergeant Harold Barton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Anzio, Italy, on 19th March 1944 [1][2][see linked content below].
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet 158 IV SE.
During a Commando operation on 19 March 44, Cpl. Barton led a section in the initial attack during the hours of darkness. A Spandau posn. manned by three enemy opened fire on them at point-blank range. Cpl. Barton coolly ordered 'left flanking' and led two men round to the attack, leaving his LMG to cover him. He was observed and the two men with him were wounded, but without hesitation Cpl. Barton hurled a grenade and charged the post single-handed, capturing the only uninjured occupant.
Later in the day, although his remaining men had all been killed and wounded, Cpl. Barton continued to man his LMG single-handed, accounting for another five certain enemy casualties. His leadership and courage were of the highest standard throughout the entire operation" [2].
  • The previous month on 3 February 1944 Cpl. Barton had been wounded during operations in Italy [3]. No.9 Commando were involved in operations at Monte Faito and Monte Ornito, Italy [more....].
  • Post war on the 1950's Harold Barton MM, from Didsbury, was an active supporter of the Manchester Branch of the Commando Association [4].
[1] London Gazette 236615, page 3377.
[2] National Archives file WO373/6/625.
[3] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.
[4] Commando Association newsletter 23 issued Sept. 1956.
Rank shown as in London Gazette entry dated 20 July 1944..

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