[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]
Rank and Name
Action for which recommended -
On the morning of 22 May '44, Lieut RILEY was detailed to take out a patrol of 10 men to try to contact another patrol which had been heavily engaged with the enemy. Lieut RILEY contacted an enemy force many times the size of his patrol and without hesitation engaged them, killing 17. Three of his own men were wounded. In 10 minutes Lieut RILEY himself killed 8 enemy, his carbine was then blown out of his hand and the woodwork shattered. Lieut RILEY then covered the withdrawal of his patrol, killing two more of the enemy with his broken carbine, finally bringing his patrol and two wounded back to our lines.
During this engagement this Officer's courage and total disregard of danger were an inspiring example of leadership.
(Signed) J.Masters, Major,
29ty May 1944.
Lt. Col. W.P. Scott, DSO., MC.,
Comd. 1st Bn The Kings Regiment
Honour or Reward
W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd 3 Ind.Div.
G.O.C-in-Chief, Fourteenth Army
G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group
(London Gazette 5 October 1944)