FRENCH, Richard Douglas

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
EX/ 3226
Richard French MM and bar 43 Commando
Sergeant Richard French, 'A' Troop, was awarded the MM  for distinguished services in the field while operating with the Army [1].
It was announced on the 6th July 1945 that Sergeant King had been awarded a Bar to his Military Medal for outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [2].

Citation for the MM

Patrol ambush on Hvar Island 12 July 44
During this action, a party of enemy ensconced themselves with two MGs in an isolated house, with an excellent field of fire in all directions. It was necessary to take immediate steps to liquidate this party. Sgt french first brought his Bren Group up into position, and then alone dashed across the open ground to the house. All this time he was under heavy fire. On reaching the house singlehanded he destroyed one MG, and killed or wounded four of the enemy. His action caused the remaining enemy to surrender, thus contributing largely to the success of the whole operation. Sgt French throughout showed complete disregard for his own safety and a spirited determination to close with the enemy. He set a fine example to all ranks. [1] +[3]
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4010.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 37170, page 3562.
[3] [Image + Citation] His daughter Mrs Patricia Brooks.
[3] National archives file WO 373/47.

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