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Grayson, William David

Date of birth:
1918
Date of death:
1990
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
"A" Company, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division ("A" Company, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division)
Recommendation:
This Officer showed high qualities of leadership and bravery on at least three occasions. On 6 June 1944 while entering a block of houses in Courseulles-sur-Mer and an enemy LMG crew made a dash with their weapon from the house beyond the seawall towards their slit trenches, he personally dashed over, armed only with a Colt automatic pistol and forced the surrender of the gun crew, sending them back as prisoners.
On the same morning without orders, he led three men from the safety of a block of houses into a very large pillbox from which the coy had been subjected to heavy LMG fire, cleared it out and captured at least ten prisoners from this tunnel position.
On the same day, he led five men to clean up a large tunnel along a river bank from which twenty five prisoners were taken and numerous others killed.
These are only the mere outstanding examples of this officer’s bravery and disregard for his own safety throughout the day and he is very highly recommended for this award.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 31 August, 1944.
Military Cross (MC)

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