RUSHFORTH, John Nicholson

Rank: 
Acting Temporary Major
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Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
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Acting Major John Rushforth was awarded the Military Cross [1] for gallant and distinguished service on 7 June 1944 during operations at Franceville-Plage, Normandy [2]
Recommendation
"Major Rushforth was in commando of his Troop in a flank protection role during the advance and attack on Franceville. A strong counter attack was made by the enemy.
Major Rushforth received over the wireless an urgent order to counter attack in order to restore a difficult situation. He rose to the occasion bringing his Troop up in a very short time, cleared out the enemy, leaving 17 dead and many wounded.
He continued to lead and inspire his troops by personal example despite the fact that he was wounded, and had eventually to be evacuated as a casualty" [2].
 
The death of Major J.N. Rushforth MC of Ottowa, Canada  was announced in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36676, page 4008.
[2] National Archives file WO373/47/4.
 

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