HONEY, Peter

Rank: 
Private
Regiment/Corps: 
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
2930015
P.O.W. number: 
18747
Honours & Awards: 
Operations: 
Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
Recommendation
"On the 28 March 1942, during the commando raid on St. Nazaire, France, Pte. Honey was in a small protection party whose duty it was to protect demolition parties at work on the destruction of the Dry Dock Installations.
It was due to his personal initiative and bravery that the enemy machine gun position housed on the roof of a building, and sited in such a position that it was a potential danger to the demolition parties, was successfully destroyed. The demolition party were then allowed to continue their work unhampered and to continue their task.
Throughout the whole five hours of the action Pte Honey was always to be seen where the fighting was the thickest; he was continually dashing from building to building seeking and destroying his enemy.
The particular area in which this soldier had to fight was under the heaviest of fire and his individual bravery, unflinching devotion to duty and aggressiveness were of the first order.
He was a true example to all and his drive and initiative remain imprinted in the minds of all who saw him." *
 
His death was announced in the obituaries of Commando Association Newsletter 103 of September 1996.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
*National Archives file WO373/46/281.
St Nazaire Society.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
 
 

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