Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Honored Allies Wednesday: John Beeley (United Kingdom)

"On 21 November 1941 at Sidi Rezegh, Libya, at an airfield being attacked by Rifleman Beeley's company, progress was held up by short range fire.  All the officers of the company were wounded so, on his own initiative the rifleman ran forward over open ground, firing his Bren gun and at 20 yards range put an anti-tank gun and two machine-guns out of action.  He was killed but his bravery inspired his comrades to further efforts to reach their objective, which was eventually captured, together with 100 prisoners."

From Rfn. Beeley's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on April 17, 1942.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,

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