Lance-Corporal Percy Aplin


Unit : "A" Company, 12th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment.

Service No. : 5627727

Awards : Military Medal


Throughout the period the battalion has been in Normandy Lance-Corporal Percy Aplin has continually shown a keen sense of leadership and an outstanding devotion to duty. Whenever his company was attacked or shelled, Lance-Corporal Aplin would immediately move round the men, encouraging them and inspiring them by his own example.


On the afternoon of 25th August, 1944, the Company to which he belonged attacked, across the valley of the River La Morette, a hill which was being held by the enemy using machine-guns and mortars. When the supporting artillery fire lifted the Company, which had not cleared the valley, came under concentrated and accurate machine gun and rifle fire.


A Private soldier of the leading Platoon was seen to be wounded and lying in the corner of a field. Repeated efforts were made to reach the wounded man but each time they were checked by enemy fire.


Lance-Corporal Percy Aplin from another Platoon then volunteered to reach the wounded man. Despite continuous fire and with complete disregard to his own safety, Lance-Corporal Aplin crawled forward and reached the casualty and dressed his wound. He was unable to carry the casualty back across the open in day-light, so he left him in a ditch until night fall, when he again went out to recover the wounded soldier. By this act of gallantry Lance-Corporal Aplin prolonged the life of his comrade.


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