GROVES, Eric Richard Clifford
Lance Corporal Eric Groves was awarded the MM for his gallantry at Argenta, Italy, on the 17th April 1945.
On 17th April 1945 L/Cpl. Groves's troop attacked along the dykes west of Argenta to capture the bridges across the River Reno and neighbouring canals. Shortly after the objectives were captured, the enemy counterattacked in strength down all three dykes. The bren group defending the western dyke was knocked out by a mortar bomb, leaving the left flank badly exposed. L/Cpl. Groves saw enemy troops with panzerfaust and spandau infiltrating down the western dyke. Realising the danger, he immediately, and on his own initiative, led his bren group across the demolished bridge over the canal which was under heavy small arms and mortar fire. He reached the dyke when the enemy had advanced to within less than 100 yards of the bridge and ordered his bren to open fire, but the bren jammed. Groves drew his revolver and rushed towards the enemy over completely bare ground, which was subjected to heavy enemy small arms fire. He fired rapidly into the enemy driving them back, and enabled his bren team to get their gun working again. His prompt and courageous action undoubtedly saved a critical situation and prevented the enemy over-running the left flank.
His death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 116 issued February 2003.Sources London Gazettes Supp. 37235, page 4270 CVA gallery / His daughter April Richer.