Private Paul Morrison Lenton
Unit : No.2 Section, 224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC
Army No. : 97006473
Awards : Military Medal
Private Lenton was a member of the Non-Combatant Corps, and volunteered for the Airborne Forces in October 1944. He qualified as a parachutist on course 140 at R.A.F. Ringway, 30th October - 14th November 1944. The parachute instructors notes: "Very good performer, ideal pupil, confident and keen".
He was posted to No.2 Section of the 224th Parachute Field Ambulance, and, having served with the 6th Airborne Division in the Ardennes, he participated in Operation Varsity on the 24th March 1945. For his actions on that day he was awarded the Military Medal. His citation reads:
Private Lenton dropped with the first wave of paratroops of 3rd Parachute Brigade East of the Rhine on 24th March 1945. Immediate casualties were caused by a German strong point nearby. Without hesitation Private Lenton made straight for the spot where most of the casualties were. Enemy fire continued to be heavy, but Private Lenton, unmoved by it, went calmly among the wounded, rendering first aid, and dragging them to a safe place.
The arrival of the Brigade glider party brought down heavy and continuous mortar fire on the dropping zone. For four hours, however, Private Lenton repeatedly crossed the area, searching for wounded, attending to their wounds and helping to bring them in.
The courage and devotion to duty of this soldier not only set a shining example to all ranks of the Field Ambulance, but saved the lives of many of his comrades.
The award was announced 12th July 1945.
My thanks to Bob Hilton for this account.
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