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Lieutenant S.J. Smith M.C.

Transcript of Military Cross Citation


16 Inf


3 Ind


17 Coln. 2 Leicesters

Date of

12 April 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lieutenant Stanley Joseph SMITH

Action for which recommended :-

On 26 March 44, Lieutenant SMITH was commanding No. 5 Platoon astride the road at INWA village, protecting the Column's only watering pt. His platoon position was strongly attacked at night by about a platoon of Japanese. The Japanese pressing their attacks in the most determined manner overran the two right hand sections. He rallied the remainder of the platoon and with grenades and PIAT, drove off the enemy inflicting severe casualties on him. 

The enemy made three more further attacks that night, in rapid succession. But each time Lieutenant SMITH and a small party repelled them. A total of thirty Japanese are known to have been killed. His coolness and leadership were of an high order and set an example to his men, then and throughout the remainder of the action.

Recommended By

Major D.R. Dalglish MC
Comdg 17 Column

Brig B.E. Fergusson DSO

Honour or Reward

MC Immediate

(London Gazette 27 July 1944)