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Aston, Frederick Charles

Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Grenadier Guards Attached Iraq Levies
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1941
"During the operation of the 6th May, 1941 at Sin el Dhibban against Iraqi Forces, C.S.M. F.C. Aston was in command of the Mortar Detachment which was sent forward by the officer commanding, Land Defences, to give support fire to the 1st King's Own Royal Regiment which was attacking the ridge overlooking Sin el Dhibban, and to assist in putting out of action two MG's which were holding up the advance.
He showed outstanding determination and courage in getting his Mortar forward to a position suffciently close to enable these two positions to be bombed.
He greatly assisted in the advance by the accurate observation of fire, and by organizing the Gun numbers and organizing the supply of ammunition and Mortar bombs.
During the action, he went back and rallied his men under heavy fire and got them to a forward position from where he succeeded in effectively bombing the Machine Gun Posts which were holding up the advance.
During the last stage of the advance he went forward with a Rifle Section, and engaged enemy who were still resisting."
Military Medal (MM)