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Rogers, Maurice Albert Windham

Date of birth:
July 17th, 1919 (Bristol, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
June 3rd, 1944 (Anzio, Italy)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Beach Head
Plot: X. Row: D. Grave: 8.
Service number:
5568932
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
The Wiltshire Regiment
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1943
Military Medal (MM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
2nd. Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1944
Citation:
"In Italy, a battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment was ordered to attack high ground held by the enemy. The carrier platoon of the leading company, dismounted were ordered to capture the final objective. They advanced under intense fire and sustained a number of casualties. The platoon, checked by the enemy's wire and the intensity of his machine-gun fire, took cover some 70 yards short of their objective. Serjeant Rogers continued to advance alone, and penetrated 30 yards inside the enemy's defences, drawing their fire and throwing them into confusion. Inspired by his example, the platoon began the assault. Serjeant Rogers was blown off his feet by a grenade, and wounded in the leg. Nothing daunted, he ran on towards an enemy machine-gun post, attempting to silence it. He was shot and killed at point blank range. This N.C.O.'s undaunted determination, fearless devotion to duty and superb courage carried his platoon on to their objective in a strongly defended position. The great gallantry and heroic self-sacrifice of Serjeant Rogers were in the highest tradition of the British Army"
Investiture 17-7-1945
Victoria Cross (VC)

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