MCNINCH, William Matthew

Lance Sergeant
Unit / Base: 
11 Commando
'Special Air Service'
Royal Armoured Corps
Honours & Awards: 
Wednesday, June 19, 1912
Died : 
Tuesday, October 5, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
William McNinch MM

Lance Sergeant William McNinch died during operations at Termoli Italy with the Special Raiding Squadron having left the Commando. A veteran of the Litani River raid he died when a shell hit the truck that he was sitting in. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished service during operations on the day before his death.
On the morning of the 4th September 1943 Sgt. McNinch's sub section moved up the road leading Northwards from Bagnara and although under mortar and machine gun fire got to within two hundred yards of the enemy who were in concealed positions. Sgt. McNinch controlling his sub setion with great coolness. Later the enemy brought up another machine gun which completely overlooked the sub section's position.
In spite of this Sgt, McNinch gave very valuable help in observing the enemy and locating his position and although every movement brought down enemy fire, he continued to move forward encouraging his sub section and controlling the fire of his Bren with great effect. Later when the Bren gunner was wounded he dressed his wounds regardless of the heavy enemy fire.
When for a time his sub section were completely pinned to the ground he continued to encourage his men and take steps for their safety moving about regardless of his own safety.
Throughout he was a very fine example of coolness and efficiency in action.
[Recommended by Major R.B. Mayne, D.S.O.]

No. 11 Commando 4 Troop;  
2 Special Service Battalion;
'C' Battalion Layforce;
Middle East Commando;
1st SAS;
Special Raiding Squadron.

[Service + Image] The SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941 -1947.
National Archives file WO373/4/100.
London Gazette 36327, page 256.

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