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Byng-Maddick, Cecil Distin

British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Service number 124941.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Temporary Major
Royal Army Service Corps.
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1946
"Major Byng-Maddick served on the staff of 1st Parachute Brigade from its first formation in 1941 until he was captured at Arnhem in 1944. During this period his work has been of the very highest order. As Staff Captain in the North African Campaign, he showed outstanding drive and initiative when the Brigade, which was not then organised to fight for long periods on the ground, was faced with considerable administrative problems. Later he served with equal distinction in Sicily and Italy as Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General of the Brigade. At Arnhem he commanded a party of Brigade Headquarters which helped to hold the bridge against great odds and he showed a high standard of gallantry and determination. Later he escaped from a German Prisoner of War camp but was recaptured.
Since I have known this officer, over a period of three years, he has shown a very exceptional standard of initiative and devotion to duty.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)