Sapper William Alfred Coulsting


Unit : 4th Parachute Squadron

Army No. : 2115925

Awards : Bronzen Kruis


On the 23rd September 1944 Sapper Coulsting showed great powers of leadership and devotion to duty in destroying a flame-throwing tank which was causing heavy casualties amongst personnel in slit trenches. He waited until the tank was up to his slit trench and then pulled a string of twelve Hawkins Grenades across its path; a hole was blown in the belly of the tank and its occupants all killed. He showed complete disregard for his personal safety in waiting until the flame-thrower was at point blank range and by his outstanding bravery he was instrumental in removing a serious threat to the sector.


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