Private William Ducker

6th Airborne Division - 3rd Parachute Brigade - 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion - C Coy
Sword Beach


This soldier was a medical orderly attached to C Company during the action at Varaville on 6th June 1944. The Company Commander, a Platoon Commander and 2 Other Ranks were in a building being heavily engaged by an anti-tank gun and mortar. A direct hit caused all four to become casualties. Private Ducker with absolute disregard for his own safety under heavy Machine Gun and mortar fire went to this building which was still under heavy fire gave medical attention to the Company Commander and ascertained that the others were dead or beyond medical aid before removing the Company Commander to a place of safety which was also under heavy fire.
(Source: Military Medal)