ANCHOR, John Robert

Guardsman (Acting Corporal)
Unit / Base: 
2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Honours & Awards: 
Tuesday, June 1, 1920
Died : 
Saturday, October 21, 1972
Place died: 
Corporal John Anchor, 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service at Spilje, Albania. Post war Police Officer in Chelmsford, Essex, and member of the Commando Association.
Spilje Bay, Albania, July 28/29 1944, Operation Healing 11.
"L/Cpl. Anchor was in command of a Bren gun. At dawn his troop led the assault against enemy positions, strongly fortified and tenaciously defended. During the early stages of the advance L/Cpl. Anchor, coming under vicious enemy machine gun fire, carried his Bren gun forward across dangerously open ground. From now onwards, he not only succeeded in giving effective covering fire to the advancing troops and thereby ensuring the steady advance of the leading troops, but continually engaged enemy strong points with deliberate and accurate fire, having complete disregard for his own personal safety.
In the final assault, L/Cpl. Anchor, observing several Germans immediately in front of him, displayed great initiative and courage, when, charging forward under intense fire he hurled a grenade in the midst of the enemy, who were making a last desperate attempt to hold the objective. This action contributed largely to their withdrawal from the position.
By now a machine-gun in the immediate vicinity was pouring bullets into the captured position. L/Cpl. Anchor located this machine gun and immediately engaged it through the window of his house forcing the enemy to stop firing and withdraw to another position.
Throughout this action this NCO displayed not only courage and determination but great initiative at all times. His efforts contributed greatly to the success of the assault and were largely responsible for dislodging Germans determined to hold out at all costs."
London Gazette 36730, page 4570.
Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/46/217.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 56 (1973).
Newspaper account of an arrest he made in Chelmsford / Essex Newsman 01 June 1948.
Newspaper report of his award / Essex Newsman 13 October 1944 (below).

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