Andrews, Leslie Joseph

Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Corporal
Unit:
11th Battalion, Royal Marines
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1943
Awarded for:
Operation Agreement
Action:
Citation:
"This N.C.O. took part in the landing operations from H.M.S. “Sikh” at Tobruk during the night 13/14 September 1942. Whilst his tow was proceeding inshore the tow rope parted and fouled the propeller of the landing boat. He immediately jumped overboard in the darkness and for over one hour, much of the time under fire from shore batteries, he endeavoured to free the propeller of his landing craft. Eventually he succeeded and although by then it was too late to proceed inshore the craft was able to pick up survivors when H.M.S. “Sikh” was abandoned. This N.C.O’s fortitude and determination was in keeping with the highest traditions of the service and by this act his boat saved many lives which might otherwise not have been possible."
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)

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