SMITH, Robert William

Rank: 
Quartermaster Sergeant (Acting Regimental Sergeant Major)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 6620
Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Smith was awarded the B.E.M., in the New Years Honours List 1st January 1965 [1].
 
He was also awarded the M.M., for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate during the period 1st to 15th February 1965 [2].
 
Citation for MM
Q.M.S. Smith was the Company Sergeant Major of ' Z' Company Group during Operation CUT. When the dissident firing started, he was moving with Company Headquarters. He quickly moved forward across an exposed slope and joined the R Group. He then, with great determination and total disregard for his own safety, arranged the move forward and siting of the M.M.G. Section. Having completed this task, in full view of the enemy, and under heavy fire, he moved around the two forward Troops, redistributing ammunition, encouraging the men and assisting the Troop Commanders and Troop Sergeants in the control of their Troops. His conduct was an inspiration to all ranks and proved of immense value to his Company Commander. His bravery, inspiring personality and complete disregard for his own safety, were in the highest traditions of the service [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 43529, page 26.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 43749, page 8173.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/136/61.
 

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