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Lieutenant Richard Arthur Amyas Smith

6th Airborne Division - 6th Airlanding Brigade - 2nd Ox & Buck - B Company

Sword Beach

 

Although injured in the hand during a crash landing of a glider in the airborne operation at Benouville Bridge on 6th June 1944, Lieutenant Smith brilliantly led his platoon onto the bridge and successfully cleared several houses and co-ordinated the defence of his platoon. It was only when their duties were finished that he allowed himself to be attended to and was finally evacuated to the Main Dressing Station.

(Source: Military Medal)