DEXTER, John

Rank: 
Temporary Lieutenant, Acting Temporary Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Captain John Dexter was awarded the MIlitary Cross for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.
 
Recomendation
"Captain Dexter landed in Normandy on D Day as a Machine Gun Officer, and was very shortly afterwards to Command of the Support Troop of his unit. Throughout the campaign in NW Europe he has been engaged in every major and minor battle in which his unit took part.
As one example of his service, during the assault on Walcheren on 1st November 1944, he landed in the first wave. Through his personal courage and example during heavy enemy fire, his MG's were in action within a few minutes of landing. During the whole of the operation he continued to give his finest support to his Commando under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions.
The work done by this officer has been of the highest order. The accuracy and efficiency of his command has been entirely due to his fearless conduct and complete disregard for his own safety in the face of the enemy."
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37464, page 909.
National Archives file WO 373/47/93.
 

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