Mne. Frederick Woodman Lanyon MM
Mne. Frederick Woodman Lanyon MM 47 RM Commando
Citation for his MM:
Closing the beach near Westkapelle during the assault on Walcheren on 1st November, the LCT carrying Mne Lanyon's troop, 47 RM Commando was hit by a shell. Three amphibians in the LCT caught fire and there were large and loud explosions. A number of Mne Lanyon's troop were killed, wounded or burnt, and among these was a Marine who had been literally blown into the sea and had his leg broken. There was a general "sauve qui peut". Mne. Lanyon who is not a strong swimmer, without hesitation jumped into the sea and assisted this marine, who was quite helpless and in great pain, to reach the beach some 200 yards distance. By this time Mne Lanyon was in a state of complete exhaustion, and had swallowed so much salt water that he had to be given medical attention in the beach dressing station. Here his clothes were taken away, but as soon as he recovered his faculties, this marine wrapped only in a blanket rejoined his troop. He was subsequently fitted out in the units regimental aid post with casualty clothing. The next day Mne Lanyon's troop was ordered to attack the battery south east of Zouteland. They came under heavy fire at close range from several enemy riflemen, killing his section NCO and wounding 3 others in his section. The men scattered and took cover. At this critical junction, Mne. Lanyon ,calling on the others to follow him, without hesitation rushed the enemy post, killed three of them and wounded the fourth. But for his fearless example and leadership on this occasion there is little doubt that the attack would have been held up, and possibly never put in that evening (L.G. 20.2.45)
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