Captain Roderick Ferguson Semple


Unit : No.3 Troop, 591st Parachute Squadron, RE.

Army No. : 237304

Awards : Military Cross


For outstanding military efficiency and devotion to duty. While commanding a Troop of 591 Parachute Squadron RE he performed the task of clearing a series of landing strips for gliders in the face of heavy opposition: when the Officer Commanding and Second in Command failed to appear at the rendezvous he took command and reformed the squadron until the arrival of the Second in Command twelve hours later. His courage, his readiness to take command and his example of personal bravery were an inspiration to all.


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