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Lance-Corporal Joseph Young D.C.M.

Transcript of Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation


77th Indian Infantry Brigade


3rd Indian


1st Bn The South Stafforshire Regiment

Date of

28th March 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lance-Corporal Joseph Young

Action for which recommended :-

At HENU on the 21st, 22nd March 44 the enemy launched a heavy attack on to the position held by the Company. In this attack they succeeded in penetrating the defence area and occupied a portion of BARE HILL feature.

The Platoon in which this NCO was a Section Commander was ordered to counterattack. This he carried out. During all of these preliminary moves his section was under constant fire from enemy LMGs and Mortars. However, he continued his advance in a most determined and courageous manner. In this movement he was wounded by shrapnel in the eye causing partial blindness. He still commanded and directed his Section into attack. As his Section reached the assaulting stage he ordered CHARGE, he himself leading. He threw grenades into enemy positions and bayoneted three more Japanese. His Section inflicted several casualties in this assault and it was due partially to splendid example set by this NCO to his men that accounted for the success.

In the final action he was again wounded by a bullet in the hand, but he still encouraged his Section, continued the assault and succeeded driving the enemy out of a wired trench which they had occupied. He remained in position commanding his Section until the area was clear. By this time he could not see and was only partly conscious. He was later evacuated. Throughout the whole action this NCO showed great courage and determination and was a most inspiring leader to his men.

Dated HENU 28th March 44

Recommended By

Lieut Colonel R.Degg
1st Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment

Honour or Reward

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comd. 3 Ind.Div.

General G. Giffard
Commander-in-Chief 11 Army Group 

(London Gazette 02.01.1945)