CSM John McKay Kemp


Unit : "B" Company, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Army No. : K/62419

Awards : Distinguished Conduct Medal


Immediately after the parachute drop, CSM Kemp's company had to storm a strong fortified enemy position covering the Rhine approaches. The company came under heavy enemy mortar and machine gun fire and several of its officers were killed. CSM Kemp immediately assumed command of the men in his area and speedily re-organised them. With complete disregard for his personal safety he led the attack on the enemy light machine gun positions which were holding them up. Again under heavy fire he stormed and captured the houses which formed the backbone of the defence of the positions. By his readiness to assume responsibility and by his inspiring conduct under fire, he achieved the early capture of a vital objective.


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