WORTHINGTON, Frederick John

Known as: 
Seen elsewhere as Frank Arthur Worthington. See source details below
Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Sussex Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
6398404
Honours & Awards: 

Sgt Worthington was awarded the MM for his gallantry during operations at Wesel.

Citation

At Wesel on the 24th March 1945 Sergeant Worthington was in charge of a small defensive position on the outskirts of the city when he saw an enemy bicycle patrol coming towards him at a range of about 1,000 yards. The patrol suddenly turned off down a side street and disappeared from view. Realising that they were heading for a part of the town which had not yet been consolidated, Sergeant Worthington acted immediately and sent a runner to tell his Troop Commander of his action.
 
He then left a skeleton force in the defensive position and taking the remaining eight of his men he set off to ambush the patrol. He struck the side road just in time to meet the patrol head-on and fired on them from houses by the side of the road. Eight of the enemy were killed or wounded, five taken prisoner and the remainder fled. Sergeant Worthington himself was wounded at the start but refused to hand over or even have his wound dressed until the action was over and the patrol brought back.
 
By this successful action and by his own initiative, gallantry and immediate action Sergeant Worthington liquidated the enemy patrol and prevented them from running into another unit who were just then at that awkward stage prior to consolidation.
(Sources: London Gazettes 37138, page 3234 and National Archives WO 373/54.)
 
​nb. On the London Gazette entry above his forenames are shown as Frank Arthur, however on the National Archives page and on the original citation itself his forenames are shown as Frederick John.
 

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