CaptainLIDDELL, IAN OSWALD

Service Number 156048

Died 21/04/1945

Aged 25

5th Bn.
Coldstream Guards

V C

Son of Percy William Oswald and Gwendoline Ray Liddell, of Shirenewton, Monmouthshire; husband of Patricia Mary Liddell, of Great Canfield, Essex.

Inscription

INTO THE MOSAIC OF VICTORY WE PLACE THIS PRECIOUS JEWEL OF HUSBAND AND SON

Citation

The following details are taken from the London Gazette of June 5th, 1945

In Germany on April 3rd, 1945, Captain Liddell was commanding a company of the Coldstream Guards ordered to capture intact a bridge over the river Ems, near Lingen. The bridge was heavily defended and prepared for demolition. Captain Liddell ran forward alone to neutralise the 500 lb. charges. Unprotected, and all the time under intense fire, he crossed and re-crossed the whole length of the bridge, disconnecting the charges at both ends and underneath it. The bridge was captured intact, and the way cleared for the advance over the river. Captain Liddell's outstanding gallantry and superb example of courage will never be forgotten by those who saw it. This very brave officer later died of wounds subsequently received in action.

Buried at BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY

Location: Niedersachsen, Germany
Number of casualties: 2303

Cemetery/memorial reference: 3. D. 13.

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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.
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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.