Gray, Thomas Malcolm

Date of birth:
September 16th, 1913
Date of death:
July 20th, 1960
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

In World War Two he was Commanding Officer of 41RM Commando on D Day and later Commanding Officer of 46RM Commando during the River Rhine crossing. He was awarded the MC whilst Captain (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel) of 41RM Commando.
Post WW2 and now with the rank of Colonel, Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died whilst serving at HMS President.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
No. 41 Royal Marine Commando
Awarded on:
August 29th, 1944
Awarded for:
Operation Overlord
Action:
Citation:
"At Lion sur Mer on the 6th of June, from the moment of landing under heavy and accurate mortar and shell fire, Lieut. Colonel Gray showed a complete and utter disregard for his own safety. His coolness, cheerfulness and personal bravery were an inspiration to all. On the first morning he was slightly wounded on two occasions and insisted on continuing. His example contributed enormously to the success of the Commando task."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
No. 46 Royal Marine Commando
Awarded on:
June 12th, 1945
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Action:
Citation:
"On 23rd-24th March 1945 Lieutenant Colonel Gray was in command of 46 (Royal Marine) Commando which captured the original bridgehead over the River Rhine. He attacked across the river in Buffaloes and fought his way inland with unparalleled determination and skill. His men captured two large groups of houses killing over thirty enemy and capturing eighty three enemy in the first ten minutes of the operation. This was only made possible by the speed and dash of this fearless advance where a number of key personnel were lost. Lieutenant Colonel Gray never allowed the impetus to slacken despite every enemy opposition, and his dauntless courage and sure progress made the brigade task possible. He was in every way an inspiration and example to the men under his command. He was continually under fire from small arms fire from the Rhine to Wesel, and in Wesel was under fire from enemy armed with panzerfausts (hand-held anti-tank weapons) which wounded many of the men around him.

His cool judgement and his complete contempt for danger inspired his men and influenced the battle at a most critical stage. "

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