Sergeant Stanley Hughes

 

Unit : 9th Parachute Battalion

Service No. : 3769990

Awards : Military Medal

 

On the night 18th/19th August Sergeant Hughes was the Platoon Sergeant of the leading Platoon of 9th Parachute Battalion in the attack on Dozule-Putot Station. He had been promoted to Sergeant from Lance-Corporal 2 weeks before.

 

The Platoon captured the Station Hotel in the centre of the objective, and on the Platoon Commander being killed, Sergeant Hughes took over command and organised the defence of the house and immediate vicinity. On the morning of 19th August, the enemy counter-attacked with heavy mortar and artillery Self-Propelled and his leading troops got to within 10 yards of the Platoon position. Inspite of heavy fire, Sergeant Hughes moved from Section to Section, inspiring and leading his men from tree to tree and bank to bank in a successful and determined effort to annihilate every German in sight, so that every attempt to penetrate his position was flung back with loss to the enemy. For the remainder of the morning the position was subjected to intense observed Artillery and mortar fire, in the course of which many direct hits were scored on the station hotel and Platoon position.

 

Sergeant Hughes set an example of cool determination and tenacity throughout this trying period, and by his leadership held secure the key position in the Battalion area.

 

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