Major John Nigel Taylor


Unit : "A" Company, 7th Parachute Battalion

Service No. : 138480

Awards : Military Cross


This officer commanded a company of parachutists who dropped behind the German lines on the night 5/6th June 1944. During 21 hours continuous action which followed around the Benouville bridge his company became completely surrounded and cut off from the battalion, it had no wireless or supporting mortars or medium machine guns and was at less than 50% strength. Casualties began to mount and the company was attacked from all sides. The example and [? ?] of Major Taylor was quite [?] and although seriously wounded in the leg he continued to influence his company until it was eventually relieved by a [? ?] counter attack and he was hurriedly evacuated as a stretcher case.


The fact that this company eventually came out of action extremely cheerful and a most efficient fighting unit was due very largely to Major Taylor's splendid example.


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