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Ash, John Garton

Date of birth:
April 16th, 1919
Date of death:
June 25th, 2014
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
86th (East Anglian) (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, 21st Army Group, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), Allied Forces
Awarded on:
January 24th, 1946
"Capt.Ash has been Trp Cmdr & F.O.O in this regiment throughout the whole campaign in Europe, except for a period in hospital in the latter half of March & April. He came ashore on 6 Jun 44 with the first assault wave of 6 Green Howards (50 Div) and in the bitter and continuous fighting in the Normandy bridgehead his coolness and dis-regard of personal danger became quickly apparent. In October and November 44 on three seperate occasions the church tower or windmill from which he was observing was shot up by direct fire from German S.P guns. On each occasion he displayed the greatest efficiency and coolness in quickly organizing a new O.P. thereby enabling himself to continue to give quick and accurate support to the infantry. On Mar 45 Capt Ash was in support of 1 Coy 5 Coldstream Guards in their attack on the remaining German bridgehead wo the WEST of the Rhine at WESEL. Throughout his attack and in spite of svere opposition, Capt Ash, from exposed positions which were heavily shelled and mortared, gave the best possible support in a most fearless manner. His conduct, his bravery and his devotion to duty throughout the whole campaign have been beyond all praise and have been an inspiration to those who have worked with him."
Military Cross (MC)