Major Richard Whitling Crawshaw


Unit : 6th Airlanding Brigade.

Army No. : 96708

Awards : Silver Star


Major Crawshaw was Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General of the 6th Airlanding Brigade. For his actions during Operation Varsity he was awarded the US Silver Star:


Major Richard W. Crawshaw, British Army, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United States. Landing by glider on 24th March 1945, Major Crawshaw, in an area not yet cleared of the enemy rapidly assembled and organized elements of the Brigade Headquarters and led them in clearing the area. His decisive, aggressive and positive action was instrumental in inspiring his outnumbered personnel in their successful defeat of the enemy and consolidation of their landing area. Major Crawshaw's personal courage, intrepid bravery, and aggressive gallantry were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.


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