Liddell, Ian Oswald

Date of birth:
October 19th, 1919 (Shanghai, China)
Date of death:
April 21st, 1945 (Rothenburg, Germany)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Becklingen
Plot: 3. Row: D. Grave: 13.
Service number:
156048
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Earlier in the War he had been attached to "The Coates Mission", a secret plan to evacuate the Royal family out of Britain in the event of invasion. As such he was closely associated with the Royal Family.
Killed 21 April 1945 near Rothenburg, Germany.
Ian Oswald Liddell is buried at the Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
5th Battalion, Coldstream Guards
Awarded on:
June 7th, 1945
Action:
Citation:
"In Germany on 3rd April, 1945, Captain Liddell was commanding a Company of the Coldstream Guards, which was ordered to capture intact a bridge over the River Ems near Lingen. The bridge was covered on the far bank by an enemy strong point, which was subsequently discovered to consist of 150 entrenched infantry supported by three 88 mm. and two 20 mm. guns. The bridge was also prepared for demolition with 500 Ib. bombs which could plainly be seen. Having directed his two leading platoons on to the near bank, Captain Liddell ran forward alone to the bridge and scaled the 10 feet high road block guarding it, with the intention of neutralising the charges and taking the bridge intact. In order to achieve his object he had to cross the whole length of the bridge by himself under intense enemy fire, which increased as his object became apparent to the Germans. Having disconnected the charges on the far side, he re-crossed the bridge and cut the wires on the near side. It was necessary for him to kneel forming an easy target whilst he successively cut the wires. He then discovered that there were also charges underneath the bridge and completely undeterred he also disconnected these. His task completed he then climbed up on to the road (block in full view of the enemy and signalled his leading platoon to advance. Thus alone and unprotected, without cover and under heavy enemy fire, he achieved his object. The bridge was captured intact and the way cleared to the advance across the river Ems. His outstanding gallantry and superb example of courage will never be forgotten by those who saw it. This very brave officer has since died of wounds subsequently received in action."
Details:
Captan Liddel’s Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at the Guards Regimental Headquarters in London, Great Britain.
Victoria Cross (VC)

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