MEAD, Michael Edward

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number/s: 
RM 11157
Honours & Awards: 
Corporal Michael Mead, Section Commander, No.7 Section, 'B' Troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt [1] [2].
"On 6 November 1956 Cpl. Mead, having just disembarked from the 2nd wave of the helicopter assault force, was moving with his section along the main road adjoining the beaches to start clearing some buildings.
Suddenly, in an aircraft attack, half of his section became casualties and he was wounded in the leg by a cannon shell. Although in pain he dressed his wound and, despite considerable loss of blood, reorganised his men and continued to lead them throughout the remainder of the day.
During the house clearing, which was bitterly opposed by enemy riflemen and machine gunners such as to limit the rate of advance to 800 yards in 5 hours, he behaved with such outstanding valour and courage that he was an inspiration to all.
Finally, faint from loss of blood, he was ordered to be evacuated by his Troop Commander." [2].
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 41092, page 3418.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/124/55.

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