GuardsmanCHARLTON, EDWARD COLQUHOUN

Service Number 2722614

Died 21/04/1945

Aged 24

2nd Bn.
Irish Guards

V C

Son of Albert and Edith Wilcox Charlton, of Old Trafford, Manchester.

Inscription

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR OTHERS

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 2nd May, 1946

In Germany on 21st April, 1945, Guardsman Charlton was co-driver of a tank belonging to a troop which, with a platoon of infantry, seized the village of Wistedt. The enemy attacked in great strength, covered by an artillery concentration. All the tanks were hit, and the hard-pressed infantry were in danger of being overrun. Quickly recovering his Browning gun from his damaged tank, Guardsman Charlton advanced in full view of the enemy, firing from the hip. His bold attack and heavy fire halted the leading enemy company, inflicting heavy casualties and bringing much-needed relief to our infantry. Guardsman Charlton continued his attack until wounded in the left arm. Supporting his arm and his machine-gun on a nearby fence, he stood under heavy fire shooting continuously until his arm was again hit and shattered. Then, firing and loading with one arm, he continued to inflict casualties on the enemy, Hit for the third time, he collapsed. He died later in enemy hands. The heroism and determination of this guardsman were beyond all praise. Guardsman Charlton's valour and self-sacrifice retrieved a desperate situation and made possible the speedy recapture of the position.

Buried at BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY

Location: Niedersachsen, Germany
Number of casualties: 2303

Cemetery/memorial reference: 7. F. 13.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.