HOLT, Edward Morris

Unit / Base: 
'29 Commando Regiment RA'
Royal Artillery
Honours & Awards: 
Bombardier Edward Holt was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in the South Atlantic.
Bombardier Edward Holt, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, "has served as a Forward Observation Officers' Assistant throughout the Falkland Islands campaign. In this capacity his loyalty and  professional excellence have been truly outstanding. His leadership of his small team, his supervision and direction of their vital communications, have at all times been of the highest order, often in extreme climatic conditions, and in situations of great danger. For much of the time however, he has acted as a Forward Observer himself, regularly volunteering to go out on patrol with the Royal Marines whom he supported, and on several different occasions, well behind enemy lines, assisting in their withdrawal by the production of accurate, timely and well coordinated fire.
On the night of 11th/ 12th June, 45 Commando attacked the Two Sisters feature, which was heavily defended. When his officer was injured, Holt took over completely the leadership of his team, continuing to produce artillery fire with coolness and skill, while he and the company he was supporting were being subjected to intense and accurate enemy machine gun fire. His outstanding leadership continued in subsequent operations right up to the cessation of hostilities. Bombardier Holt has shown qualities of leadership and courage under fire, and professional skill far beyond those expected of his rank and experience."
London Gazette 49134, page 12851.

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