GEROWSKI, Pte Frederick 6094735 MM

'On the night of 22 November 1944, Private Gerowski's Platoon crossed the River COSINA. After it had consolidated, several spandaus opened
fire on it. The enemy then attacked in strength and Private Gerowski immediately went out to meet them, killing several of them with his Tommy Gun. This action so inspired his comrades that the enemy was driven back with heavy casualties.

'On the following day, the same Platoon attacked a house. On nearing the objective a spandau opened fire on them from the right flank causing several casualties. Private Gerowski immediately rushed forward with his Tommy Gun, killed one of the Bosche and silenced the spandau. This action enabled the platoon to advance and take the objective. The bravery shown by Private Gerowski on the days stated was of the highest order and an inspiration to his comrades. I strongly recommend him to be awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal.' [sic: stamped below the text on the original citation is 'GRANTED AN IMMEDIATE MM']. Recommended by Lieut Col DHC Worrall MC, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry.

Military Medal now on display at the DLI Museum.

CASEY, T/Major (WS Capt) Patrick Anthony 256432 MC

'On the 23rd of November 1944, C Company of the 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry, commanded by Major Casey were ordered to attack an enemy position across the River COSINA. This task was carried out with great dash, Major Casey leading the attack himself and silencing an enemy machine gun post, On reaching the objective, C Company were ordered at short notice to take part in a further attack on a position known as DESMOND. Major Casey reorganised his Company and gave out orders for the second attack under extremely difficult conditions and under persistent enemy fire. He then took part in the second attack and capured his objective together with 15 of the enemy.

'Major Casey's disregard of enemy fire and devotion to duty enabled the
Company to put in an attack on important enemy positions, the taking of which had a great effect on the operations in the area. I strongly recommend that Major Casey be awarded an immediate Military Cross.' Recommended by Lieut Col DHC Worrall MC, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry.


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Courtesy The Shields Gazette
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R Crookes, MM, 16 DLI, 1945 news item
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