"C" Company, 9th Parachute Battalion Cross Country Running Team, 1944

Major Ian Claude Dyer


Unit : "C" Company, 9th Parachute Battalion

Service No. : 129619

Awards : Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Croix de Guerre


Major Dyer was awarded the Croix de Guerre for his actions throughout the Normandy campaign. His citation reads:


For sustained courage and outstanding devotion to duty for the period 5th June - 1st October 1944.


This officer, by his adamant determination to get to grips with the enemy on every possible occasion, his great cheerfulness and cool courage, has been an inspiration and example to all ranks in the Battalion.


This officer was dropped several miles from the Drop Zone. He collected a party of 40 men and fought his way back to Brigade Headquarters at Le Mesnil crossroads. For 3 days he held a key position on the right flank of the crossroads and by aggressive action drove off enemy attacks and patrols. Later he returned to his Battalion in the Chateau St Come area, where he led his company with outstanding gallantry and determination. He helped to drive off repeated and determined enemy attacks, supported by tanks and self-propelled guns.


On 17th August Major Dyer's Company was isolated to the North of Goustranville and repeatedly attacked, but his cool handling of the situation saved the day. On the early morning of 19th August he led his Company with great dash during the attack on the Railway Station to the West of Dozule, resulting in the capture of many prisoners.


In 1959, whilst serving with the 1st Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment (TA), he was awarded the MBE:


Major Dyer retires from the Regular Army in August, 1959. Since June, 1958, he has been Training Major to the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment (TA). Major Dyer has fulfilled his duties as Training Major with exceptional ability. He possesses a Military knowledge well above average, and is a first class instructor both to officers and other ranks. He also possesses a high standard of efficiency coupled with a sense of humour, both on and off duty which endears him to all and inspires confidence. He has been untiring in his efforts at all hours of day and night to further the success of his Regiment.


The writer has had experience of six Training Majors since the war, Major Dyer stands out a head and shoulders above the others in his efficiency and assistance to his Commanding Officer.


Prior to being posted to the Hertfordshire Regiment, Major Dyer has had a full and varied career in the Regular Army including the following:-


Airborne Landing, Normandy, June 1944.

Attendance of Staff College Camberley (PSC)

DAAG appointment

Company Commander in Korea

Brigade Major to Infantry Brigade Hong Kong

Second-in-command to Regular Infantry Battalion (1st Essex)


In all Major Dyer has given more than most in the service of Sovereign and Country. The cumulative result of this Service is well worthy of recognition. The Army will be the poorer without him.


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