Heath, William

Service number:
2620653
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Guardsman
Unit:
5 Battalion Grenadier Guards
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1944
Action:
Recommendation:
"During the ANZIO Bridgehead operations this Gdsm was a Bren gunner in No.9 Platoon and was consistently an inspiration and example to the Platoon.

On one occasion while the platoon was being very heavily engaged he kept his Bren gun firing with such good effect that an enemy platoon threatening the flank was completely broken up; fifteen being killed.

Later, during a night of persistent German attacks, he moved out of his slit trench in order to bring fire on to the enemy crawling towards the positions.

Only complete disregard of personal safety enabled this Gdsm to produce such effective results with his gun.

On another occasion, the night of Feb 9th, Gdsm Heath again was largely responsible for breaking up two attacks on his platoon by his coolness and extreme skill with which he handled his Bren gun".
Details:
WO 373/6/204
Military Medal (MM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "8th ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star

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