Lieutenant Colin William Brown


Unit : No.9 Platoon, "C" Company, 8th Parachute Battalion

Service No. : P/285222

Awards : Croix de Guerre


On the 6th June, the 8th Battalion was assembling in the Bois de Bavent but was not strong enough to move towards the bridge at Troarn which it had been ordered to demolish. Whilst they waited for more men to appear, Captain Juckes and No.2 Troop of the 3rd Parachute Squadron were sent to Bures to destroy the two bridges there. Upon their return, they were sent on to Troarn, escorted by Lieutenant Brown and his No.9 Platoon. On the way, they were twice fired upon by outposts of the 21st Panzer Division, both of which No.9 Platoon quickly overcame and seven prisoners were taken. On arriving at the bridge and finding that it had already been blown during the night by Major Roseveare, the engineers decided to increase the damage and the party returned intact to the Bois de Bavent. For his actions during the weeks that followed, Lieutenant Brown was awarded the Croix de Guerre: 


For leadership and devotion to duty. During the period 8th June - 27th July in the Bois de Bavent area, Lieutenant Brown was the leader of 22 patrols, all of which made contact with the enemy. On numerous occasions Lieutenant Brown brought back prisoners and invaluable information as to the enemy dispositions. His leadership on these patrols and his total disregard for his own safety was an inspiration to all.


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