Gray Arthur John Douglas

Service number:
2193762
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
Corps of Royal Engineers
Action:
Recommendation:
"Throughout the period 1 May to 31 August 1944, Sergeant Gray on many occasions displayed consistent coolness and gallantry. On 8 July he went forward to make a reconnaissance of a demolition near Gubbio, then held by the enemy. In spite of accurate mortar fire he completed his examination of the obstacle, uncovering and neutralizing several Teller and S-mines. Later, when work was in progress, mortar fire caused the working party to take cover. Sergeant Gray refused to leave the site and continued work amid spasmodic mortar fire until the obstacle was passable. Again, on 30 August, Sergeant Gray?s troop was working on the Borselli-Mentone road in bright moonlight. While clearing large booby-trapped trees, the party was shelled. Sergeant Gray ordered his sappers to take cover and continued to trace the trip wires and neutralize the charges on his own. He then sawed the branches away and by dawn had managed to cut a one-way track past the obstacle. His leadership on such occasions has repeatedly been a great inspiration to his troop."
Military Medal (MM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "8th ARMY" clasp
Africa Star

Sources

  • - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37039 published on the 17 April 1945
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