Captain Edward Long Fox


Unit : No.1 Troop, 3rd Parachute Squadron, RE.

Army No. : 242581

Awards : Croix de Guerre with Vermillion Star


For outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty 6th June - 3rd September 1944.


This officer throughout the Normandy Campaign showed outstanding qualities of leadership and devotion to duty. In the early days in the Bois de Bavent the situation was often critical and Captain Fox was called upon to lead his Troop in an infantry role. This he did with outstanding success. During the battle for the Chateau St Come on 11th June, the enemy, after repeated heavy attacks, infiltrated into our forward positions and Captain Fox counter-attacked with his Troop and stabilised the position which was held successfully against all subsequent attacks until relieved two days later. During this action Captain Fox displayed the greatest personal gallantry and it was in a great measure due to his cheerful and inspired leadership that this action was successful.


Throughout the campaign his enthusiasm and anxiety to get to grips with the enemy on all occasions was a tonic to all who came into contact with him.


The handling of his Troop under extremely hazardous conditions during the bridging operations over the River Touques at Pont L'Eveque during our advance to the River Seine was outstanding.


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