- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Gideon Force, Sudan Defence Force, British Army
- Awarded on:
- September 9th, 1941
"Bimb. ACLAND was acting adjutant of the FRO Bd. and actg. Staff Officer of GIDEON Force during the whole of the operations in GOJJAM. He was indefatigable and devoted in carrying out these duties. On the night 26/27 March he was allotted the dangerous and difficult task of ascailing the enemy in ADDIS Fort by night. This involved an approuch under fire over precipitous country in dense darkness. During Bimb. ACLAND's approach march, which was carried out with great skill, general fire was opened along the front by the enemy, owing to the operations of the forces in the neighbourhood, Bimb. ACLAND continued his advance and succeeded in penetrating the centre of the enemy's main position on this night. He personally led his men in a bombing attack on M.G. posts. In the course of this attack he himself was wounded by an enemy bomb which burst at his feet. He remained on the field of action and successfully withdrew his men when it was clear that nothing further was to be gained by staying. He remained in command until he returned to camp the following morning.
There was no doubt that his gallant conduct on the occasion saved his men from suffering severe casualtie, and that the example stimulated them to the successful attacks made on succeeding nights."