- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 156th Parachute Battalion, 4th Parachute Brigade, 1st Airborne Division, British Army
- Awarded on:
- June 6th, 1946
- Awarded for:
- Operation Pegasus II
"The Germans captured LORNE when he was in hospital at OOSTERBEEK in September 1944 suffering from a bullet wound.
On the way to APELDOORN he and two other wounded men escaped from a moving ambulance into some Woods under fire from the guard.
LORNE's wound he re-opened and after his companions had rendered first aid, the party walked towards the Rhine.
After several hours they found a farm where they obtaned assistance and a guide. With the aid of various Dutch people LORNE and on of the others reached the Rhine.
They had been seperated from the third man the previous day whilst avoiding a German soldier. It was impossible to swim the Rhine as it was floodlit and the Germans were dug in along the bank. For the next six weeks LORNE and his companion were shelterted by the Dutch and in time were joined by many other escapees.
Eventually on 18 November the whole party tried to get through the German lines but they were detected and after several casualties LORNE's group surrendered. LORNE himself feigned death but the Germans shot him through the knee. He and the other wounded were put in Hospital and 4 days later sent to Germany.
Near the frontier while left unguarded in a disused cinema LORNE and another soldier wanted to escape but the officer with them said he had given his word they would not.
LORNE was finally liberated in April, 1945."