OLVER, Leslie Cyril

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
6286823
Honours & Awards: 
Private Leslie Olver was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Arakan, Burma.
Citation
"At Hinthaya, Arakan, on 23 November '44 this young soldier in action for the first time, in his excitement got ahead of his sub-section. A party of some ten japanese crossed his front. He engaged them with his TMC wounding their leader who was an officer. He then saw an enemy section post about 30 yds to his left manned by four men. He threw a grenade at them, stunning one, and then killing the other three with his TMC. This enabled his sub-section to capture a prisoner who was not much hurt and who gave most valuable information.
His skill at arms and his dash were a magnificent example to the men of the sub-section".
 
The death of Pte. (later Sgt.) Leslie Cyril Reginald Olver MM of Canterbury Kent was announced in Commando Association newsletter 109 issued September 1999.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36994, page 1545.
National Archives file WO373/36/271.
 

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