LieutenantSANDYS-CLARKE, WILLWARD ALEXANDER

Service Number 86517

Died 23/04/1943

Aged 23

1st Bn.
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

V C

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Sandys-Clarke; husband of Dorothy Irene Sandys-Clarke, of Egerton, Lancashire.

Inscription

LOYAUTE M'OBLIGE"

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette for 29th June, 1943, gives the following details

During an attack on Guiriat el Atach, in Tunisia, on 23rd April, 1943, Lieutenant Sandys-Clarke's company gained their objective, but were counter-attacked and almost wiped out, he alone surviving of the officers. Although wounded, he gathered together a composite platoon and attacked the position again. The platoon was held up by heavy fire from a machine-gun post, which Lieutenant Sandys-Clarke tackled single-handed and knocked out. After personally dealing in the same way with two more machine-guns posts, he led his platoon to the objective. While they were consolidating there, they came under fire from two sniper posts; without hesitation he again advanced single-handed, and was killed within a few feet of the enemy. His quick grasp of the situation and his brilliant leadership undoubtedly restored the situation, while his outstanding bravery and tenacious devotion to duty were beyond praise.

Buried at MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY

Location: Tunisia
Number of casualties: 1447

Cemetery/memorial reference: V. B. 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.