FusilierDONNINI, DENNIS

Service Number 14768011

Died 18/01/1945

Aged 19

4/5th Bn.
Royal Scots Fusiliers

V C

Son of Alfred and Catherine Donnini, of Easington Colliery, Co. Durham.

Inscription

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. R.I.P.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 16th March, 1945, gives the following details

In North-West Europe, on 18th January 1945, a battalion of The Royal Scots Fusiliers led the assault on the German positions between the rivers Roer and Maas. When Fusilier Donnini's platoon was ordered to attack a small village, it came under intense fire from the houses and he was wounded in the head. On recovering consciousness a few minutes later he charged down the road, threw a grenade into the nearest window, and with the survivors of his platoon ran in pursuit of the Germans. The British soldiers reached the cover of a wooden barn only thirty yards from the German trenches. From this cover Fusilier Donnini first went out under intense fire to carry into safety a wounded comrade, then a second time and though again wounded, he advanced firing a machine-gun until a bullet hit a grenade that he was carrying and killed him. His great gallantry and self-sacrifice in drawing the enemy fire on himself enabled his platoon to capture the position, and his comrades to overcome opponents more than twice their number.

Buried at SITTARD WAR CEMETERY

Location: Limburg (Netherlands), Netherlands
Number of casualties: 234

Cemetery/memorial reference: H. 10.

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