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Name: Lance Sergeant John Baskeyfield
Unit: 2nd battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Airlanding Brigade, 1st Airborne Division
Place and date: Oosterbeek, 20 September 1944
On 20th September 1944, during the Battle of Arnhem, Lance Sergeant Baskeyfield was the NCO in charge of a six-
Name: Lieutenant John H. Grayburn
Unit: 2nd Parachute Battalion, 1st Parachute Brigade, 1st Airborne Division
Place and date: 17-
Lieutenant Grayburn was a platoon commander of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment which was dropped on 17th September 1944 with the task of seizing and holding the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem. The north end of the bridge was captured and, early in the night, Lieutenant Grayburn was ordered to assault and capture the southern end with his platoon. He led his platoon onto the bridge and began the attack with the utmost determination, but the platoon was met by a hail of fire from two 20mm quick firing guns and from machine guns of an armoured car. Almost at once Lieutenant Grayburn was shot through the shoulder. Although there was no cover on the bridge and in spite of his wounds, Lieutenant Grayburn continued to press forward with the greatest dash and bravery until casualties became so heavy that he was ordered to withdraw. He directed the withdrawal from the bridge personally and was himself the last man to come off the embankment into comparative cover. Later his platoon was ordered to occupy a house which was vital to the defence of the bridge and he personally organised the occupation of the house. Throughout the next day and night the enemy made ceaseless attacks on the house, using not only infantry with mortars and machine-
Name: Captain Lionel E. Queripel
Unit: Company A, 10th Battalion, 4th Parachute Brigade, 1st Airborne Division
Place and date: Oosterbeek, 19 September 1944
In the Netherlands on 19th September 1944, Captain Queripel was acting as company commander of a composite company composed of three Battalion The Parachute Regiments. At 1400 hours on that day, his company was advancing along a main road which ran on an embankment towards Arnhem. The advance was conducted under continuous machine gun fire which, at one period, became so heavy that the company became split on either side of the road and suffered considerable losses. Captain Queripel at once proceeded to reorganise his force, crossing and recrossing the road whilst doing so, under extremely heavy and accurate fire. During this period he carried a wounded sergeant to the Regimental Aid Post under fire and was himself wounded in the face. Having organised his force, Captain Queripel personally led a party of men against a strong point holding up the advance. This strong point consisted of a capture British anti-
Name: Major Robert H. Cain
Unit: 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Airlanding Brigade, 1st Airborne Division
Place and date: 19-
In Holland on 19th September, 1944, Major Cain was commanding a rifle company of the South Staffordshire Regiment during the Battle of Arnhem when his company was cut off from the rest of the battalion and during the next six days was closely engaged with enemy tanks, self-
Name: Flight Lieutenant David S.A. Lord
Unit: No. 271 Squadron, No. 46 Group RAF
Place and date: Wolfheze, 19 September 1944
Flight Lieutenant Lord was pilot and captain of a Dakota aircraft detailed to drop supplies at Arnhem on the afternoon of the 19th September, 1944. Our airborne troops had been surrounded and were being pressed into a small area defended by a large number of anti-
Name: Lieutenant Herbert K. Dutton
Unit: 44th Royal Tank Regiment, (British) 4th Armoured Brigade
Place and date: Sint-
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Herbert K. Dutton, Royal British Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 25 September 1944. During the operations in the area of Veghel, "B" Squadron of tanks, 44th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, of which Lieutenant Dutton was Troop Leader, was acting in support of a battalion of the 101st United States Airborne Division in a drive to reopen the road south of the town. Lieutenant Dutton pressed his attack with such vigor and determination that the road was quickly cleared. He then led his remaining two tanks into the wooded area north of the road, and, dismounting from his tank three times to make personal reconnaissances under heavy fire, played a substantial part in clearing the area and destroying the enemy.
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During Operation Market Garden the British army awarded various awards for valor. The five citations for the Victoria Cross (the highest award for valor) and one citation for the U.S. Distinguished Service Cross can be found on this page. We are working hard to add the other British awards for valor. They will be published to the page as soon as possible.
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