Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Honored Allies Wednesday: Hanson V. Turner (United Kingdom)

"In Burma, at Ningthoukong on the night of 6th–7th June, 1944, an attack was made by Japanese with medium and light machine guns.  The attack largely fell on the position held by a platoon of which Sergeant Turner was one of the Section Commanders.  The enemy were able to use grenades with deadly effect. Three machine-guns in the platoon were destroyed and the platoon was forced to give ground.  Sergeant Turner with coolness and fine leadership reorganized his party and with a doggedness and spirit of endurance of the highest order repelled all attacks.  The position was held throughout the night.  When it was clear that the Japanese were attempting to outflank the position, Sergeant Turner, armed with grenades, boldly and fearlessly attacked them single handed.  He went back five times for more grenades; and on the sixth occasion, still single-handed, he was killed while throwing a grenade among the enemy.  His conduct on that night will ever be remembered by the Regiment.  His superb leadership and undaunted will to win in the early stages of the attack was undoubtedly instrumental in preventing the enemy plan from succeeding.  The number of enemy found dead the next morning was ample evidence of the effect his grenade throwing had had.  He displayed outstanding valor and had not the slightest thought of his own safety.  He died on the battlefield in a spirit of supreme self-sacrifice."
From Sgt. Turner's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 15 August 1944.
May they be at peace,

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