Private Geoffrey Wollard Brown


Unit : 225th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

Service No. : 97003870

Awards : Military Medal


Geoffrey Wollard Brown was a member of the Non-Combatant Corps and in 1943, whilst serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps, volunteered for the Airborne Forces. He completed parachute course 85 at R.A.F. Ringway, 29th September to 10th October 1943; his instructor commenting, "A good pupil and showing improvement still." He was first posted to the 224th Parachute Field Ambulance, but was later transferred to the 225th, with whom he parachuted into Normandy on the 6th June 1944. For his actions there he was awarded the Military Medal. His citation reads:


For Gallantry and devotion to duty.


On 6th June Private Brown was a member of the party under the command of Captain Tibbs RAMC detailed to collect casualties from Divisional Landing Zone and 5th Parachute Brigade. At first the Drop Zone was subject to Light Machine Gun fire and later in the day was heavily sniped. The area was under intermittent but accurate fire all day. Two men of this party were killed and four wounded. Private Brown was unceasing in his efforts all day in collecting the wounded. By his efforts and calmness he set an example to the rest of the men, although he himself was under fire for the first time. As the gliders and parachutists had scattered over a wide area the duty entailed a period of 11 hours, during which time Private Brown helped materially to enable all the casualties to be collected.


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