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Thomas, Herbert Samuel Griffiths

Date of birth:
April 15th, 1912 (Llanycefn/Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
August 24th, 1980 (Shrewsbury/Shropshire, United Kingdom)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class
Unit:
Royal Amy Chaplain's Department, attached 4th Lincolnshire Regiment
Awarded on:
March 1st, 1945
Action:
Citation:
“On 6th October ’44 in Overheide Forest near Poppel heavy fighting ensued in the forest area immediately north of the Battalion position. As a result some casualties were received in the thick woods. Further enemy forces in the vicinity infiltrated immediately after the engagement and prevented the evacuation of these casualties. Padre Thomas, however, on hearing of this took the medical half-track [which was, presumably, still the German half-track captured in Normandy] forward to the Battalion positions and went straight through to the area where the casualties were known to be, knowing full well that his route passed through an area which was now heavily held by the Germans. Although Spandau fire was directed at his vehicle he continued forward and eventually found and brought back the casualties concerned. His intrepid devotion to duty on this occasion is typical of this officer’s work."

Date of citation 10th October 1944.
Details:
WO 373/51/0360
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class
Unit:
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Awarded on:
March 22nd, 1945
Mentioned in Despatches
Action:
Citation (general):
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe."

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