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Hoyle, Ralph

Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
4th Queen's Own Hussars, 4th Light Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1942
"On 31 Aug near HEMEIMAT this NCO was in command of a troop ordered to provide flank protection to his Sqn, When five enemy tanks appeared on his flank he surpised and engaged them from a range of 500 yards, damaging one enemy tank and forcing the remainder to halt. His prompt action and resource enabled the rest of his Sqn to carry out their task. Later on the same day he closed gaps in the minefield under arty and S.A. fire and although wounded in his head in a bombing attack he refused to be evacuated and remained in command of his troop until dark.
Throughout the day his courage, resource and determination was beyond praise."

Originally recommended for a MM but upgraded to a DCM.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Warrent Officer 2nd Class
4th Hussars
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1951
Awarded for:
Operation Abbey
Mentioned in Dispatches
Citation (general):
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya, during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1951."