Lieutenant Philip Hart Turner


Unit : No.15 Platoon, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment

Army No. : CDN 476

Awards : Distinguished Service Cross


On 19th September, Lieutenant Turner led his platoon with great gallantry in the attack on the wooded hill at Den Brink. The skill with which Lieutenant Turner handled his platoon, and the great personal courage displayed by this Officer were decisive factors in the success of the attack. During the subsequent reorganisation he behaved with great coolness under very heavy mortar fire, and with complete disregard for his personal safety. Later he commanded a sector near Oosterbeek Church. His platoon was constantly shelled and mortared and was harassed by enemy tanks and self-propelled guns. During the whole period of the defence of Oosterbeek he gave a splendid example of fearless devotion to duty and set an example to his men which contributed largely to their success.


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