Horrocks, Joseph

Service number:
3656474
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Sergeant
Unit:
South Lancashire Regiment
Awarded on:
March 1st, 1945
Action:
Citation:
"On 12 October 1944 Cpl Horrocks took part in an attack on the woods WEST of OVERLOON. His Coy came under heavy Machine Gune fore from the immediate front and right flank. Cpl. Horrocks received wounds in his leg which rendered his leg useless. The remaining men of his bren group were already casualties. In spite of his useless leg Cpl. Horrocks got hold of the Light Machine Gun and fired back. He then advanced approx 150 yards by dragging himself along. With the aid of fire produced solely by Cpl. Horrocks his platoon were able to infiltrate forward. Later, when with the aid of tanks the platoon caught up, it was found that Cpl. Horrocks had fainted by the side of his gun. His action and firm determination set a very high example to the remainder of his platoon."
Military Medal (MM)

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