Lance-Sergeant John Fennell Nankivell


Unit : Mortar Platoon, Headquarters Company, 12th Parachute Battalion.

Army No. : 5123514

Awards : Military Medal


On the 9th June 1944 at Longueval two companies of 12th Parachute Battalion were occupying a forward position as fire companies for an assault by 1st Royal Ulster Rifles on St Honorine la Chardonerette. Lance-Sergeant Nankivell's Company came under heavy mortar and sniper fire and were ordered to withdraw. Nankivell, with complete disregard for personal safety, stood at the cross roads till the last man was over, covering with fire the withdrawal of the wounded and of his comrades until the last man was over. His action set a magnificent example and undoubtedly saved many casualties.


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