DEERY, Stewart

Unit / Base: 
12 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
P.O.W. number: 
Honours & Awards: 
Wednesday, September 29, 1915
Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland
Sergeant Stewart Deery, No.12 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid and was taken prisoner of war afterwards [1][a][1b][2][2a]. 
On 28 March 1942 during the Commando raid at St Nazaire France.
Sgt. Deery was in a demolition party commanded by Lt. Brett whose task was to destroy the Dry Dock installations. Before these were able to be carried out Lt. Brett was wounded and Sgt Deery took over command of the party. Under continuous heavy fire he proceeded to carry out the demolitions successfully. When his task was completed Sgt. Deery assisted his wounded officer under heavy fire back to the point of embarkation. His courage and devotion to duty were a fine example [1a].
  • May 1940 wounded in France serving with the 2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers [3].
[1 ] London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
[1a] Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/46/278.
[1b] St Nazaire Society.
[2] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
[2a] German Record Cards of British PoW's / National Archives file WO416/93/225 (Stalag 133).
[2b] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/43.
[3] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/17.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4 of 1974.

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