JACKSON, Harry Charles

Rank: 
Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
Unit/Base: 
9 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
South Staffordshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Number: 
4919445
Honours & Awards: 
Sergeant Harry Jackson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in the Wadis at the Anzio Beachhead on the 19th March 1944 which became known as Operation 'X'.
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet IV SE
During a Commando operation on 19th March 1944, Lance Sergeant Jackson was in command of six men protecting the right flank of his troop.Throughout the entire operation, although exposed to extremely heavy mortar and machine gun fire, he continued to crawl between his slit trenches and the high ground where three of his men lay wounded, completely exposing himself in order to direct the fire of his men and to observe the enemy.
Later in the day, although his party had suffered 50% casualties, he led his remaining three men in a counter-attack against a group of enemy infiltrating between his position and Commando HQ, killing four and wounding and driving off the remainder.
His magnificent coolness and determination enabled him to lead a party through an enemy position in order to bring in one of his severely wounded men. He was at all times an example and inspiration to the men who fought under his Command."
 
Sources
London Gazette 36615, page 3377.
Award Recommendation / National Archives file WO373/6/596.
 

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