Captain Dennis Harding Walton


Unit : No.1 Section, "A" Troop, No.47 (Royal Marine) Commando

Awards : Military Cross


Captain Walton was awarded the Military Cross for actions that took place before the 4th Special Service Brigade was attached to the 6th Airborne Division. He was subsequently promoted to Major.


On 7th June, during the approach to Port-en-Bessin, X Troop, acting as advance guard, came under accurate machine gun fire from the outskirts of La Rosvere.


Quickly sizing up the situation Captain Walton led his men straight into the assault and by his personal leadership and example so inspired his men that a very difficult problem was quickly solved.


In the circumstances, it was vital that the Commando should make top speed in its advance to the port and any delay would have seriously prejudiced the chances of surprise and speedy success.


This was only one example of his thrustfulness and determination to get on.


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