PICKERING, Kenneth Richard

Rank: 
Acting Temporary Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Number: 
EX/3877
Honours & Awards: 
Operations: 
Sergeant Kenneth Pickering was awarded the Military Medal for great courage and exemplary behaviour whilst carrying out commando operations under heavy enemy fire off the Yugoslavian coast.
Recommendation
Operation Flounced, ref Map Yugoslavia 1/100000 sheet 109.
Night Attack on Pt.622 (0960) 3 Jun.44.
Sgt. Pickering was the Sec. Comd. of the leading Sec. in this attack. He led his men skilfully through a gap in the minefield whilst under very heavy fire and assaulted a pill box which had been holding up the advance of the rest of the Tp.
By this time the Tp. had suffered nearly 50% casualties but Sgt. Pickering led his section over the hill and consolidated in enemy slit trenches on the far slope. During this stage they were heavily counter attacked from the rear.
Sgt. Pickering's Tp. Comd. was severely wounded by heavy fire, and in order that he could be pulled back Sgt Pickering volunteered to go forward to draw the fire onto himself. He not only stood out in the moonlight drawing fire onto himself, but succeeded in wiping out a MG which was firing at him, with his Tommy Gun.
Throughout he showed magnificent courage and a determination to close with the enemy.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36979, page 1386.
National Archives file WO373/47/56.
 

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