Bryan, John William

Date of death:
2002
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

17 January 1924: Private
28 November 1927: Corporal
18 February1930: Lance-Sergeant
5 June 1932: Sergeant
1 October 1938: Platoon Sergeant Major (WO3)
1939: WO2
1939: WO1
17 June 1940: Lieutenant
?: Captain
12 July 1954: Major

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Rank:
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Unit:
2nd Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment, Palestine Corps
Awarded on:
1939
Action:
"For outstanding good work in action against armed bandits."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With clasp "PALESTINE".
General Service Medal 1918-1962
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
2nd Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment, 148th Infantry Brigade, 4th Indian Infantry Division, British Army
Awarded on:
April 25th, 1941
Action:
"In the attack on Sidi Brrani on 10th Dec. 1940 the battalion was advancing in M.T. and came under heavy fire, firing over open sights and MG fire. 3 carriers were knocked out Lt. Bryan getting the remaining crews into ground action under heavy fire. Later it was necessary to withdraw the carriers and send them in support of "D" Coy. Lt. Bryan successfully accomplished this & the subsequent advance of "C" and "D" Coys, the carriers were largely responsible for the capture of the position under heavy enemy fire from the front & flank preceding the Coys by 500x. "A" Coy in the meantime had got pinned to the ground 1000x to the right flank, and in despite of only 2 guns out of 6 firing, the carriers were able to extricate the Coy and clear up the situation. Throughout the action, Lt. Bryan displayed complete disregard for his personal safety, and his calmness under fire and example to his men was an inspiration to them. His handling of the carriers was beyond all praise."
Military Cross (MC)
Rank:
Captain
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1948
Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Army)
Rank:
Captain
Awarded on:
1953
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal 1953

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