ALLEN, Michael Rhys Harvey

Captain (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
Unit / Base: 
9 Commando
Black Watch
Captain Michael Allen , Adjutant of No. 9 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Monte Faito, Italy, on 2/3 February 1944 [2].
Action at Monte Faito night 2/3 Feb.44, MR. 858043, Italy 1:50,000 Sheet 160-II.
During this action Capt. Allen was adjutant of No. 9 Commando when the Commando was caught in a gully and came under very heavy and accurate mortar and artillery fire from which very heavy casualties including both the C.O. and second in command were caused.
Capt Allen at once took over command and reorganised all available forces and personally directed operations.
Owing to the number of officer and NCO casualties, had it not been for the promptness of Capt Allen in taking the situation in hand, considerable disorganisation might have occurred. Capt Allen then conducted a short withdrawal under fire and organised the Commando in a defensive position.
Later again on the evacuation of the C.O. Capt Allen again took over command. Throughout the whole operation Captain Allen showed great powers of leadership and set a magnificent example. In the Commando operations on the Garigliano River on night 29/30 December and during Operation Shingle Capt Allen showed exemplary courage, leadership and determination" [2].
  • Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean Theatre, rank Major (temp). [3].
  • Appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel [4].
  • 21 February 1947 awarded the Territorial Efficiency Decoration [5]. He later received additional clasps to the T.D. 
[1] London Gazette 36586, page 3070.
[2] National Archives file WO373/6/338.
[3] London Gazette 37138, page 3242.
[4] Rank shown in London Gazette 37886, page 849 and others.
[5] London Gazette 37886, page 849.

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