CaptainBRUNT, JOHN HENRY COUND

Service Number 258297

Died 10/12/1944

Aged 22

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

attd.
Lincolnshire Regiment

V C, M C

Son of Thomas Henry and Nesta Mary Brunt, of Paddock Wood, Kent.

Inscription

''HOW BRIGHT THESE GLORIOUS SPIRITS SHINE''

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 8th February, 1945, gives the following details

On 9th December, 1944, the platoon commanded by Captain Brunt was holding a vital sector of the line in Italy. At dawn a counter-attack in great strength by the German 90th Panzer Grenadier Division soon threatened to break through. Captain Brunt rallied his remaining men and, although outnumbered, continued to hold his position. He himself killed about fourteen of the enemy with a Bren gun. On receiving orders to withdraw, he remained behind to give covering fire to his men, before dashing across open ground to a new position. Captain Brunt used the pause caused by this spirited defence to take a party back to the previous position and carry away the wounded who had been left there. Later in the day, the German forces made a further counter-attack. Captain Brunt leapt onto a Sherman tank and ordered the tank commander to drive from one fire position to another, while he sat or stood on the turret directing the fire of the tank. He then jumped off the tank and, with a Bren gun, stalked small parties of the enemy who were trying to approach on the left flank, killing many and causing the rest to withdraw. His coolness, bravery, devotion to duty and complete disregard of personal safety in this magnificent action were beyond praise. The next day, he was killed by mortar fire.

Buried at FAENZA WAR CEMETERY

Location: Italy
Number of casualties: 1139

Cemetery/memorial reference: III. A. 8.

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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.
DISCLAIMER:
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.