Corser, Richard George

Date of birth:
1920
Date of death:
May 1949
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Richard Corser was educated at Millmead, Shrewsbury and Malvern College where he joined the O.T.C.. On leaving school he was articled to the family firm of Solicitors in Shrewsbury, and prior to the outbreak of war he joined the Shropshire Territorials. When called up he was commissioned into the Shropshire R.H.A. and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France, North Africa, Italy and Germany. He attained the rank of Captain while serving with the British Army of the Rhine and in late 1945 contracted an illness which caused him to be invalided home. He never fully recovered and died in May 1949; his ashes were interred in the family grave at Bourton-on-the-Water,
Gloucestershire.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
51 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery
Awarded on:
April 19th, 1945
Action:
Recommendation:
"This officer has throughout the campaign distinguished himself by his courage and tenacity in his duties with forward troops and in gun areas. He has done duty as forward observation officer in all the major battles of the Fifth Army up to May and was again forward observation officer during the Cassino battle, where he accompanied the Canadian infantry in the breaking of the Hitler line.
On more than one occasion he has been responsible for the breaking up of enemy counter-attacks and his manner in handling the fire of the
regiment is outstanding in its speed and accuracy. Under fire he invariably displays great coolness and courage which is of the utmost value to his men and he is in all branches of his activities a very
out standing troop commander."
Details:
WO 373/11/231
LG 37039/2073
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "8th ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Awarded on:
January 11th, 1945
Mentioned in Despatches
Rank:
Captain
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1950
Efficiency Medal / Territorial Decoration

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