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Corporal (Act/Sergeant) Robert Alford Ross M.M.

Transcript of Military Medal Citation


14th Infantry


3rd Indian


7 Bn The Leicestershire Regiment

Date of

31 August 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Corporal (Act/Sergeant) Robert Alford ROSS

Action for which recommended :-

On 17 Apr 44 CPL ROSS was a member of an ambush party in the area of TATLWIN. After the ambush had been successfully sprung, the force dispersed owing to heavy mortar fire. As a result of the dispersal a number of men and animals became detached. The Officer in charge of the party became delirious with malaria. CPL ROSS therefore took command.

During the subsequent two days CPL ROSS displayed conduct and leadership of a very high order. In spite of the fact that the enemy were in strength in the area he was  tireless in his efforts to retrieve both men and animals, and showed a complete disregard for his own safety. He twice returned to the scene of the ambush, which was then occupied by the enemy. On both occasions he came under fire.

On 20 Apr 44 his party was again dispersed by the enemy. He reformed them under continuous fire. He eventually returned to the Column, having collected all the missing men, and animals but one.

Recommended By

O.C. 7 Leicesters

Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comd. Special Force

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

(London Gazette 02.01.1945)