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591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE.
Ringway Parachute Training Course 88
Wounded in Action 24th Mar 1945, shot in face.
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Cemetery / Memorial:
Awarded the Military Medal 7 Jun 1945.
Brigade: 6 Airborne Division Divison: 18 US Airborne Corps
Unit: 591 Para Sqn RE
Rank and Army or Personal No.: SAPPER 1921970
Name: DRUMMOND Alexander R.E.
Divison: Recommendation Received 4 APR 1945 Passed 7 APR 1945
Army: Recommendation Received 10 APR 1945 Passed 12 APR 1945
Action for which commended
Spr DRUMMOND was one of a glider party of five under
Lieut Cox whose task was to land 24 Mar with a Coup-de-
Main party of the RUR to seize a bridge EAST of
HAMMINKELN and prevent its demolition.
The glider landed near the bridge but apart from other
gliders and immediately drew fire from a German MG posn
80 yards away, the party scattered to cover without
Spr DRUMMOND and a comrade worked themselves to behind a
tree 30 yards from the post. DRUMMOND instantly decided
to take the poost by aassault across the open ground. He
was slightly wounded in the face the moment he showed
himself, but without any hesitation he, with his comrade
following, rushed onto the post firing as they went.
Their aggressiveness so demoralized the Germans that they
ceased fire and surrendered, one of them being wounded.
DRUMMOND showed courage and determination of the highest
order and by his independent action, unquestionably
saved further casualties to his party.
In the subsequent fighting and preparation of the bridge
for demolition DRUMMOND was at all times conspicuous.
J.R.C. Hamilton Lt Col CRE 6th Airborne Division = Immediate MM
E.L. Bols Maj Gen Comd 6 Airborne Division = MM 7.6.45[Eric Louis Bols]
M.Dempsey Lieut-General Commander Second Army [Miles Dempsey]
B.L. Montgomery Field Marshall Commander in Chief 21 Army Group
London Gazette 5th June 1945
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