Halliday, Corrie Alexander

Date of birth:
August 25th, 1918 (Worthing/Sussex, United Kingdom)
Service number:
113437
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

November 1937: Joined the Territorial Army with the Inns of Court Regiment in London.
1939: Appointed to the 101st Officer Cadet Training Unit at Sandhurst
January 1940: Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 11th Hussars
13 January 1940: Posted to the 51st Training Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps at Catterick
7 April 1940: Joined the 40th Royal Tank Regiment prior to embarking for Egypt to join the 11th Hussars out there
1940: Appointed a Troop Commander and conducted various raids against Italian positions during the Western Desert Campaign.
25 September 1941: Appointed Aide de Camp to the Commander of 30 Corps in the Middle East, but relinquished this appointment on his being appointed Aide de Camp to the Commander of 13 Corps on 28th October 1941.
27 May 1942: Posted as missing in action at Tobruk, being confirmed as a prisoner of war, and was eventually repatriated from a prison camp at the end of the war on 18th May 1945
23 August 1945: Posted back to the 11th Hussars then in Germany on 23rd August 1945, volunteering to continue for a further two years in the service on 14th March 1946
7 January 1947: Posted to a course at a French Army School
30 April 1947: Attached to the Lanarkshire Yeomanry as Adjutant, being discharged shortly afterwards.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Second-Lieutenant
Unit:
11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own), 7th Armoured Division
Awarded on:
July 30th, 1940
Recommendation:
"was left in observation West of Bardia and East of Sidi Azeiz late in the afternoon of 14 June 1940. He observed a column of 23 light tanks and some lorries going from Bardia to Sidi Azeiz. He advanced to try to capture a lorry but eight light tanks detached themselves and attacked him. Second Lieutenant Halliday's troop engaged the enemy, knocked out one tank and caused the others to withdraw. By his boldness, dash and skill in engaging with his armoured cars a much larger force of enemy light tanks Second Lieutenant Halliday gave great encouragement to his men and gained information which proved of much value in subsequent operations."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Second-Lieutenant
Unit:
11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own), 7th Armoured Division
Awarded on:
April 25th, 1941
Military Cross (MC)
Recommendation:
"On 9th December [1940], Second Lieutenant Halliday's troop attacked enemy in their position near Alam El Hamid and captured 400 prisoners. On 11th December he was ordered to get to a position close to the Buq Buq - Sollum road and prevent any enemy retirement. Upon arriving there he quickly got into action against a large column retiring. He inflicted many casualties and took a large number of prisoners, including a party which brought up some lorries and were getting two Breda anti-tank guns into action. During this very large numbers of enemy had, and were still retiring down the road, all fully armed and in reasonably good order. Many others had broken off the road Northwards. Second Lieutenant Halliday took his troop parallel to the road and after som six or seven miles and when nearing the enemy's defences of Halfaya, got to the head of the enemy column, which h e succeeded in halting. Through great boldness of action, determination and courage he defeated this very large column and put out of action infantry, lorries and three light tanks and succeeded in disarming them and getting them back along the road to his original position. Here more large numbers of enemy, still armed, were trying to retire Westwards and break off the road Northwards. This retirement was also checked and controlled, many more hundreds of enemy were captured and disarmed due to Second Lieutenant Halliday, who necessarily had to dismount from his car and collect officers from amongst the enemy at very considerable personal danger, indeed some shots were fired. The action of Second Lieutenant Halliday's troop undoubtedly turned a retirement into a rout and succeeded in preventing all except a few enemy getting away. Bu his boldness, resource, personal example and bravery three to four thousand prisoners and much war material were captured and escorted back over a distance of miles in the dark without loss, all due to Second Lieutenant Halliday."
Second MC awarded as a bar.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Honorary Major
Awarded on:
February 18th, 1949
Efficiency Medal / Territorial Decoration

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