Lieutenant Roderick Gimson Mackenzie


Unit : "A" Troop, No.48 (Royal Marine) Commando

Awards : Military Cross


Lieutenant Mackenzie was awarded the Military Cross for actions that took place before the 4th Special Service Brigade was attached to the 6th Airborne Division.


June 6th and 7th 1944 St Aubin and Langrune. Rallied his troop on the beach under fire when his troop commander was hit and led them off the beach to the assembly area. During street fighting in Langrune, led his troop with gallantry and determination, and by working his way forward in advance of tank support was largely responsible for the capture of the Langrune strong point. He showed throughout, complete disregard for his own safety and remained calm and cheerful in very trying circumstances on the beach.


Mackenzie was promoted to Captain on the 13th June 1944, and on the 23rd June was placed in command of "X" Troop.


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