NX50207 - REID, Kenneth Sydney, Pte.



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NX50207 - REID, Kenneth Sydney, Pte.

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Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

"On 10 February, 1942, Pte. Reid was an observer for a Mortar Section, and his observation post subsequently came under enemy observation.

His Platoon Command advised the evacuation of this position, but Reid continued to occupy it despite very heavy shelling. Throughout the shelling of that day he continued in the position and constantly relayed accurate information to my own Command Post.

At night his flash spotting data obtained from this exposed position proved of utmost value to the artillery and resulted in the silencing of a number of enemy guns.

I have no doubt that by Reid's insistence upon occupying this dangerous observation post and by the accuracy of the information he gave to me personally, the enemy's efforts to land at the Causeway were defeated both by the mortar fire he directed and the other opposition which could be organised as a result of his information.

I recommend that his courage and devotion to duty be rewarded by the award of the Military Medal."

(Source: 2/30 Bn. Archives - originally transcribed from the Diary of Brigadier D.S. Maxwell by The Army Museum Sydney Foundation in 1998.)

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