1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment 1944-45 - Awards and Citations

W/S Corporal Robert MASON (4914275)

Robert Mason was recommended by Lieut.-Col. M. R. J. Hope-Thomson on the 19th April 1945 for an immediate Military Medal.

Military Medal (London Gazette date 12th July 1945)

Citation:

“On 1st April 1945, 10 Platoon, ‘B’ Company 1st Worcestershire Regiment, while of a Battalion Advance Guard, with a troop of tanks in support was ordered to rush a bridge SOUTH of GOOR and seize it. This involved a dash of about 1½ miles down a road flanked by woods, known to contain enemy. Pushing down the road, the infantry riding on the tanks, the party ran into a strong enemy ambush. The leading tank got through but the second tank, on which Corporal Mason’s section was riding, was knocked out by a bazooka bomb. The tank went into a ditch on the side of the road throwing off the whole of Corporal Mason’s Section. The Bren Gunner was killed by small arms fire and the Bren lost in the ditch. The Section was being sniped from three sides. Corporal Mason got quickly to his feet and rushed towards the enemy, firing his Sten until the magazine was empty and then flinging two grenades. He killed one German and wounded two or three, throwing the remainder into confusion and enabling the remainder of the Section and tank crew to get into fire positions without further casualties.

Corporal R. Mason receiving M.M. from 'Monty'

The quick action and personal disregard for his own safety of Corporal Mason on this occasion probably saved a temporarily disorganized Section from being wiped out by concealed enemy.”

 

Background:

Robert Mason was from Wolverhampton.

He received his award from Field Marshal Montgomery at an investiture held in the Parish Church at Celle, Germany on the 24th June 1945.

 

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