Stellin, Dion John

Date of birth:
July 16th, 1916 (London, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
1975 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Service number:
156770
Nationality:
New Zealander (1907-1947, Dominion UK)

Biography

2nd Lt 02.11.1940 Durham Light Infantry
WS/Lt. 02.05.1942
A/Capt. 26.09.1943-(04.1944)
WS/Capt. 09.07.1945 (reld 04.5.1955)
T/Maj.?
Hon. Maj.04.05.1955

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
Special Boat Squadron, 1 Special Air Service Regiment
Awarded on:
March 2nd, 1944
"This officer, throughout the operations by X Det SBS in the Dodecanese from 13 Sep 43 to 18 Oct 43, displayed gallantry of the highest order and the utmost initiative. He, with 1 OR, went into Rhodes in the Villanova area near which a large part of the German concentrations lay, and remained there from 21 Sep to 25 Sep 43, coming out with most valuable information obtained at the greatest personal risk and with great daring. He again entered the Villanova area with 3 ORs on 30 Sep 43, on a most urgent and important mission. It is to be pointed out that this area was even more difficult and dangerous than before. Had the information required not been so urgent I should not have sent further patrols into that area. The Germans had re-grouped and were aware that there was an exit somewhere in the Villanova minefield. His earlier contact was taken (reported shot) but he and his party escaped. They lay hunted for some days, constantly making recces and observations. Latterly they moved through German lines to SALAC area by a series of farm carts - lying concealed under straw with goats, sheep, pigs etc, on top of them. Further observations were made during this period, and information of the highest importance was again obtained."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1945
Mentioned in Despatches

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