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Gunn, George Ward

Date of birth:
July 26th, 1912 (Muggleswick/Durham, Great Britain)
Date of death:
November 21st, 1941 (Sidi Rezegh, Libya)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Knightsbridge
Plot: 4. Row: F. Grave: 1.
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
J Battery, 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Support Group, 7th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1942
Second lieutenant Gunn could refuse a massive German tank attack on November 21, 1941 at Sidi Rezegh in Libya with four antitank guns. During this attack Gunn moved from one to the other position to strength his men by speaking an encouraging word to them. When three of these guns had been eliminated he stormed forward by his own to the only remained gun. Once arrived he saw that the crew had been killed. He decided to control the gun by himself. Before he was killed, he could fire fifty grenades and eliminate two hostile tanks.
Second Lieutenant Gunnís Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at The Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich, Great Britain.
Victoria Cross (VC)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received with "8TH ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star