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Flowers, John Robert

Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
6 Cdn A Tk Regiment
Awarded on:
January 1945
Citation:
"On the 20 Aug 44 one troop of 17 pr towed guns under command of Lt JR Flowers of the 6 Cdn A Tk Regt was ordered to proceed to CHAMBOIS via ST LAMBERT to support the consolidation of CHAMBOIS area units of 9 CIB. Having been assured that ST LAMBERT was clear of the enemy Lt Flowers was taken by surprise when concentrated enemy small arms fire was encountered as he led his troop into the outskirts of ST LAMBERT. Without hesitation he ordered his guns into crash action on both sides of the road and strongly engaged the enemy with small arms and 17 pr fire. Under heavy enemy fire he then made his way to the HQ of the company of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regt attacking ST LAMBERT in this sector and put his troop at their disposal. In order to conform to the company plan he then returned to his troop and redeployed his guns under fire and at the same time converting spare gun numbers and browning crews into an infantry role in support of the attack. During this engagement, which lasted approximately seven hours, the 17 prs accounted for one Tiger tank, one SP gun Mark IV, one armd car and another tank of unknown size while the small arms fire of the troop accounted for over 200 enemy infantry killed. By his courageous leadership and his presence of mind, this officer assisted materially in the taking of ST LAMBERT and thus in the ultimate closing of the TRUN "gap".
Awarded with silver star.
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)

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