WALTON, Dennis Harding

Rank: 
Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Monday, September 4, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
29
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 
Maj. Walton was killed at Fecamp, Normandy, when on reconnaisance his jeep ran over a mine. Captain Stickings was wounded.  He was awarded the MC  for his gallantry at Port en Bessin whilst a Captain. (Source: Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC 47RM Cdo.  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.)
 

Award Citation

On 7th June, during the approach to Port-en-Bessin, X Troop, acting as advance guard, came under accurate machine gun fire from the outskirts of La Rosvere. Quickly sizing up the situation Captain Walton led his men straight into the assault and by his personal leadership and example so inspired his men that a very difficult problem was quickly solved. In the circumstances, it was vital that the Commando should make top speed in its advance to the port and any delay would have seriously prejudiced the chances of surprise and speedy success. This was only one example of his thrustfulness and determination to get on.  (Sources: Pegasus Archive/London Gazettes Supp. 36697, page 4218.)
 

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