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Don Neal

6th Bn K.S.L.I.


I continue to hear from around the country from those whose Fathers/Grandfathers were in 181 Field Regt.

These superb photos were sent to me by Iris Hughes from Northants.

Her father, Charles Bartram was in A Troop 177 Bty, and is fourth from the left second rank from the rear.

This is the first and only photo I have of that Troop, most sadly un-named, though the reverse is enscribed with signatures.

I hope, one day to hear from someone who has a similar photo which is named.

I look forward to hearing from more of you.

Breaking News!

I have managed to name two of the Officers in this photo of A troop the Officer in the middle is Captain Donald George Munro, and on his left is Lieutenant Frank Whipp, who was awarded a mention in Despatches (MID). I have also discovered that Capt Munro was awarded the Regiments first Military Cross, I have posted the citation along with two more that I have unearthed below the photos.






Alpha Troup and Charles Bartram
1128426 VINCENT John, Gunner 181 Field Regt RA
44th(L)Bde,15th(S)Div, Recc. 20.07.44 Military Medal(immediate)LG;19.10.44

On 10th July at ETTERVILLE 181 field Regt was in support of 9 Cameronians.
Gnr VINCENT was acting as OPA/Signaller to the FOO who was with the forward company at a time when the position was being mortared by the enemy so heavily that the line and wireless remote control became cut in several places. At a critical moment in the battle when it was obvious that the enemy were about to counter attack Gnr VINCENT was wounded in the legs, and his No 38 set, the only remaining means of communications with the guns was knocked out. Although the route back was being heavily mortared and he was in considerable pain, Gnr VINCENT immediately brought back full details of the situation with a request for D.F. fire and also the damaged wireless set. Not until he had delivered the message and given a very clear explanation of the tactical situation of the fwd coy to his bty commander and arranged for a new 38 set to be taken to the FOO did he report that he had been wounded. The bty commander immediately ordered him to the RAP for attention but Gnr VINCENT first guided the relief signaller and wireless set to the FOO. Gnr VINCENT could not be evacuated at once owing to the tactical situation and he remained in the slit trench near the RAP. While there, further heavy mortaring wounded a driver who was attempting to replace a track on the armoured O.P. in spite of his wounds and the almost continuous mortaring Gnr VINCENT went over to assist this driver and although it was no part of his duty he did not leave until the armoured O.P. had been mended. by Gnr VINCENT’S unselfish devotion to duty and gallant conduct communications between the FOO and the guns were maintained thus enabling calls for D.F. fire to be answered and materially helping in the breaking up of counter attacks. He set the very highest example to others at the OP of cool courage at a critical stage in the battle and continued to do what he considered his duty at a time when he would normally have to be evacuated as a casualty.

1154073 PAGE William Gunner 181 Field Regt RA
44(L)Bde; 15th(S)Div;Recc 06.07.44; Military Medal (immediate)LG 19.10.44

At about 1600 hrs 29 June 44, Gnr PAGE was operating the wireless set at a TP OP in the farm at 903648 when a tiger tank attack was reported on the fwd coy of 8 RS. Later the OP position was subjected to heavy mortar fire and a tiger tank moved to within 10 yds of the carrier. Notwithstanding the circumstances and well knowing the proximity of the enemy tank
Gnr PAGE appeared quite unmoved and with utmost steadfastness maintained wireless communications with his bty. His example of quiet courage and devotion to duty while the carrier was in great danger both from enemy mortars and tanks was of the highest order. When the OP party was ordered to withdraw and, later to abandon the carrier he assisted hid tp commander In carrying wounded men of 8 RS to safety. Throughout the whole period of the operation 26-29 June he showed the greatest coolness and devotion to duty.

276951 MUNRO George Donald A/Captain 181 Field Regt RA
44(L)Bde; 15th(S)Div; Recc 06.07.44; Military Cross (immediate) LG 19.10.44

At about 18oohrs 29 June 44,this officer was occupying an OP in the farm at 903648
When a tank attack was reported on the forward company of 8 RS in the orchard 899643. As the situation was obscure Capt MUNRO went forward to the orchard on foot where he found the infantry had been overrun by enemy tanks. On return to his carrier he was subjected to heavy mortar fire from time to time. Later a mark VI tank approached to within 10yds of his position. Notwithstanding the dangerous circumstances, Capt Munro bought down defensive fire. Here he remained coverering the withdrawal of the infantry with the greatest devotion to duty and continued to do so when all but he and his OP party had left the position. On withdrawing he took back with him in the carrier three wounded men, one of who was later killed outright while in the carrier. When he found his route blocked by another enemy tank
He reported the facts to the 2nd in command who ordered him to abandon his carrier temporarily. He himself then ordered the carrier to be abandoned and the wounded men to be carried to safety while he himself covered the withdrawal of his party with a bren gun. His conduct throughout was most gallant. He not only showed the greatest initiative and coolness under desperate circumstances but by his leadership was an inspiration to all around him.

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