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Gwilliam, Sydney Burdett

Service number:
135548
Nationality:
South African (1910-1961, Union)

Biography

Sydney Gwilliam seems to be a veteran of the Great War as he was also awarded a 1915 Start Trio as Sgt (T/2Lt)
He assumed Command of 3 Armoured Car Battalion on June 20th, 1942.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
South African Forces (Zuid-Afrikaanse strijdkrachten)
Awarded on:
October 12th, 1941
Recommendation:
"For Outstanding Services and Continuous Gallantry in Action. In particular on the afternoon of 18/2/1941 at Ionte, shortly after a pontoon bridge had been completed over the Juba River, one of our patrols encountered enemy forces moving into position to attack the bridge head. These patrols immediately attacked the enemy and Major Gwilliam led his Armoured Cars into action. In difficult sandy and bush country which it has been impossible to reconnoitre before, he broke into the centre of the enemy position captured one light gun, two Breda guns and some M.G., killing their crews."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With "8th ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star

Sources

  • - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35316 published on the 17 October 1941
    - Lockdales

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