King, E.G. "Lofty"

Service number:
6911407
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lance-Sergeant
Unit:
No. 3 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, British Army
Awarded on:
October 21st, 1943
Awarded for:
Operation Husky
Action:
On the night of 13th -14th July 1943 after the landing at Agnone and during the advance to Punta Dei Malati ,Sgt King continually led the HQ party forward under fire regardless of his own safety his only desire being to get forward and engage the enemy. During the fight at Punta Dei Malati and in the subsequent withdrawal, Sgt King was continually taking messages and exposing himself under heavy mortar machine gun and shell fire.He was of the greatest assistance in organising the withdrawal,always remaining with the rear elemnts ; his steadiness had an inspiring effect on all ranks.Sgt King was also outstanding in the advance and the attack on the Cassibile Battery on the night 9th-10th July 1943.
Military Medal (MM)

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