Second LieutenantGUNN, GEORGE WARD

Service Number 143906

Died 21/11/1941

Aged 29

3 Regt.
Royal Horse Artillery

V C, M C

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.

Inscription

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT. ELDEST SON OF DR. AND MRS. GUNN, NESTOR. BUT PAX SICK BELLUM

Citation

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.

Buried at KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA

Location: Libya
Number of casualties: 2674

Cemetery/memorial reference: 4. F. 1.

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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.