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Ducker, William Skirving

Date of death:
June 19th, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Hermanville
Plot: 1. Row: W. Grave: 17.
Service number:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
"C" Company, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, 3rd Parachute Brigade, 6th Airborne Division, British Army
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1944
Awarded for:
Operation Tonga
This soldier was a medical orderly attached to "C" Company during the action at Varaville on 6th June 1944. The Coy Commander, a Platoon Commander and 2 Other Ranks were in a building being heavily engaged by an anti-tank gun and mortar. A direct hit caused all four to become casualties. Private Ducker with absolute disregard for his own safety under heavy Machine Gun and mortar fire went to this building which was still under heavy fire gave medical attention to the Coy Commander and ascertained that the others were dead or beyond medical aid before removing the Coy Commander to a place of safety which was also under heavy fire.

Posthumously awarded
Military Medal (MM)