ALLEN, Edward Patrick

Unit / Base: 
1 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, June 19, 1973
Edward Allen MM 1 Commando
Private Edward Allen, from Swansea, was wounded during operations in Burma, and later awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service [1][2][3].
On the 31st January 1945 at Hill 170 near Kangaw, Pte. Allen was No.2 on a Bren gun of the forward platoon which was being heavily attacked. Early in the action he was completely deafened by a grenade burst but he stayed with his gun until the No.1 was killed and the gun put out of action. Then on his own accord he moved around under heavy fire taking the place on several Bren's whose No.2s had been killed or wounded. Finally, although wounded, when a Private was seriously wounded at his side he carried him on his back despite heavy MMG fire to a place of safety [2][3].
[1] London Gazette 37040, page 2080.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/36/69.
[3] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.

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