Lieutenant Colonel Terence Brandram Hastings Otway

6th Airborne Division - 3rd Parachute Brigade - 9th Parachute Battalion - Headquarters
Sword Beach


For conspicuous bravery and outstanding leadership. This officer led 150 men of his bataillon on the successful attack of the SALLENELLES battery. He personally directed the attack and organised the successful cleaning up of the enemy strong points under heavy enemy mortar and machine gun fire. He led the attack on and successfully held Le Plein until relieved by another formation. On arrival in the Le MESNIL area he succeeded in beating off two major enemy attacks of several hours duration by his magnificent leadership of his numerically very weak and tired bn. His utter disregard of personal danger has been an inspiration for all his men.
(Source: Distingushed Service Order)