Rycroft, Francis Arthur

Date of death:
February 4th, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Anzio
Plot: IV. Row: E. Grave: 12.
Service number:
260131
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Rank: Lieutenant

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
6th Royal Tank Regiment, British Army
Awarded on:
April 25th, 1941
Action:
During the actions on 10th and 11th December 1940, Sergeant Rycroft, on two occasions, had to leave his tank under heavy fire, on the first occasion to put out a fire which had started at the rear of his tank and on the second to assist and supervise the towing away of another tank.
His coolness and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy and the complete disregard for his own personal safety were a fine example to all ranks.
Military Medal (MM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Warrant Officer 3rd Class
Unit:
6th Royal Tank Regiment, British Army
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1942
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Action:
On 22/7/42, this Warrant officer discovered the existence of an enemy strong point within 500 yards of our forward positions south of Ruweisat Ridge. This strong point consisted of a depression and anti-tank guns and machine guns, the whole surrounded by wire and a minefield. Staff Sergeant Major Rycroft went forward on foot to within 300 yards of the enemy and mapped all the defences. Subsequently he personally directed the fire of the Regiment on the various targets by standing on top of his tank. In the course of this he was wounded, but returned into action immediately after his wounds had been treated. The whole action resulted in the total destruction of eight German Mk III or IV tanks, and several guns without loss to the Regiment, and this success was in great measure due to the resource and disregard of personal safety by this warrant officer.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
46th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, British Army
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1944
Military Cross (MC)
Details:
Posthumously awarded
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
"8th Army" bar
Africa Star

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