SMITH, Robert William

Quartermaster Sergeant (Acting Regimental Sergeant Major)
Unit / Base: 
'45 Commando RM'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
PO/X 6620
Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Smith was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in the New Years Honours List 1st January 1965 [1].
Additionally awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate between the 9th to 15th February 1965 [2].
"Q.M.S. Smith was the Company Sergeant Major of ' Z' Company Group during Operation CUT. When the dissident firing started, he was moving with Company Headquarters. He quickly moved forward across an exposed slope and joined the R Group.
He then, with great determination and total disregard for his own safety, arranged the move forward and siting of the M.M.G. Section.
Having completed this task, in full view of the enemy, and under heavy fire, he moved around the two forward Troops, redistributing ammunition, encouraging the men and assisting the Troop Commanders and Troop Sergeants in the control of their Troops.
His conduct was an inspiration to all ranks and proved of immense value to his Company Commander. His bravery, inspiring personality and complete disregard for his own safety, were in the highest traditions of the service" [2].
[1] London Gazette 43529, page 26.
[2] London Gazette 43749, page 8173.
[2] Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/136/61.

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