Richard Leithe Dray's Military Cross & Bar
(photo provided by Chris Owen)
T/Captain Richard Leithe Dray citation for Military Cross (London Gazette date 24/09/1942)
"On June 14th 1942, at point 187, the Battalion (With attached troops) 65 tanks, with some 40 more in reserve and supported by an unknown quantity of M.E.T. and Field and medium artillery, the position was continuously under heavy fire. Captain Dray was Adjutant of the Battalion, he displayed great coolness and devotion to duty throughout the day. In the evening when orders were going out for a withdrawal, as time was short, and telephone lines had been cut, he personally went round in a truck under very heavy fire, visiting Company Commanders and others, and giving them their orders. Later he shepherded most of the Battalion out of the position. His courage and devotion to duty contributed in no small measure to the force being able to make an orderly withdrawal and to so many getting away."
"In continuation of the attached citation Captain R. L. Dray M.C., 1st Bn. The Worcestershire Regiment. I wish to report the initiative, and determination shown by this Officer after the fall of TOBRUK.
On 21st June 1942, this officer collected various 'Key' men of Battalion Headquarters including such personnel as the R.S.M., Orderly Room staff, (With important documents), the Officers' mess Corporal, and members of the Carrier platoon and Signal platoon, making a total of 14 in all.
He put them into a lorry and escaped with them from TOBRUK, where they finally joined up
with the 7th Motor Brigade.
It is entirely due to this officer's courage and determination that these very useful personnel of the Battalion got away at all."
Lieut.-Colonel., Commanding 1st Bn.The Worcestershire Regt. (Abbassia 2/8/42)