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Corporal Stanley Priestley MM

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Brigade

14th British Infantry

Division

3rd Indian

Corps

Special Force

Unit

2nn Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment

Date of Recommendation

5 Sep 44

Regtl. No.

4746843

Rank and Name

Corporal Stanley Priestley

Action for which recommended -

This N.C.O. has rendered conspicuous service as a member of the Reconnaissance Platoon. His coolness under fire on each occasion the enemy has been encountered has been a great encouragement and inspiration to those with him.

Near NAGUSHARAWNG on 11 July 1944 Corporal Priestley was one of the leading members of the platoon sent forward to locate the main enemy position. The enemy occupied three dug positions covering the track through thick jungle. On each occasion Corporal Priestley came under heavy fire but acted with complete coolness and when the enemy had been evicted led the patrol forward to the next position. His continued courage, fully knowing the danger to which he was exposing himself at each new advance was a fine inspiration to those working with him. He finally carried out a personal reconnaissance of a Japanese L.M.G. position, himself unarmed as his carbine had jammed.

Previously this N.C.O. on 21/22 April 1944 near INDAW has established an observation post in a track much used by enemy transport and kept a full night watch, subsequently rendering a valuable report to his Commander.

His work throughout the campaign has been deserving of the highest praise.

Recommended By

(Signed) Lt-Col
Officer Commanding
2nd Bn The York & Lancaster Regiment

(Signed)T.Brodie
Brig.


Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 26.04.45)



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