RABBITT, Eric William

1 Commando
Royal Artillery
Honours & Awards: 
Gunner Eric Rabbitt was awarded the Military Medal [1] in in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Alethangyaw, Arakan in Burma, on 12 November 1944.
On 12 Nov 44 at Alethangyaw (sheet 1/25000 map ref 387271) the patrol of which Gnr Rabbitt was a member came under heavy small arms fire from the front and both flanks at close range when in open country. When the Officer in charge of the patrol, who was leading, was wounded Gnr Rabbitt, who was his batman, doubled forward under intense fire with complete disregard for his own safety, applied first aid and attempted to drag the officer to safety. With the subsequent assistance of other men of the patrol the officer was successfully evacuated. Although in the open and under intense fire at short range throughout the action, Gnr Rabbitt, through his initiative and complete disregard for his own safety, set an example to the remainder of the patrol which resulted in the wounded officer being saved from falling into enemy hands. Gnr Rabbitt is 19 years of age and this was the first time he had been in action [2].
The death of Eric Rabbitt MM (1 Cdo) of Kings Heath, Northants, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 84 issued March 1987.
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36994, page 1545.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/36/267.

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