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Second Lieutenant George Ward Gunn

Service Number: 143906
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Horse Artillery

3 Regt.

Date of Death

Died 21 November 1941

Age 29 years old

Buried or commemorated at

KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA

4. F. 1.

Libya

  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Military Cross
  • Additional Info Son of Dr. George Gunn, M.B.E., M.D., F.R.C.S.E., and Grace Elinor Gunn, of Crowborough, Sussex. M.C.A.
  • Personal Inscription CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT. ELDEST SON OF DR. AND MRS. GUNN, NESTON. AUT PAX AUT BELLUM
  • Additional Citation note

    The following details are given in the London Gazette of April 17th, 1942:- On November 21st, 1941, at Sidi Rezegh, 2/Lt. Gunn was in command of a troop of 4 anti-tank guns, when the Rifle Brigade Column to which these guns were attached was attacked by about sixty enemy tanks. 2/Lt. Gunn drove from gun to gun in an unarmoured vehicle, encouraging his men and reorganising his dispositions as the guns were knocked out and their crews killed or wounded. When finally only one gun on a burning portee remained, with only the serjeant of the crew left, he immediately got the gun into action, himself sighting it with the serjeant as leader. This officer's shooting was so accurate that at least two enemy tanks were on fire and others damaged before he fell, shot through the forehead. 2/Lt. Gunn showed the most conspicuous courage in attacking the large number of enemy tanks with a single unarmoured gun, and his utter disregard for extreme danger inspired all who saw it. But for his very gallant action the enemy tanks would undoubtedly have overrun the position.

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