PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Timothy, John
Date of birth: Unknown
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Service number 164812.
     
MILITARY CROSS (MC)
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: Army Air Corps (Tunbridge Wells)
Awarded on: January 1st, 1943
Action: Citation:
"On the night of the 26th/27th February 1943, this officer led a small patrol into the enemy positions in the Bou Arada Sector and brought back seven prisoners including one officer thus producing valuable information as to the enemy's intentions. During this action he displayed great qualities of leadership and initiative.
On the 8th March 1943, his platoon was surrounded by the enemy on the Sidi Mond {unreadable}. They held their position and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. Later in the day Lieutenant Timothy went forward alone under intense fire and captured an enemy machine gun post single handed.
Throughout the operations from the 7th March 1943 until the 18th March 1943 he displayed great qualities of leadership, courage and {unreadable} and by his gallantry under heavy enemy fire was an inspiration to all ranks."
 
     
MILITARY CROSS (MC)
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: Army Air Corps (Tunbridge Wells)
Awarded on: August 24th, 1944
Details: Received as bar for on the ribbon of the first MC.
 
     
MILITARY CROSS (MC)
Rank: Acting Major
Unit: The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps (Tunbridge Wells)
Awarded on: September 20th, 1945
Action: Citation:
"At Wolfheze on the 17th September Major Timothy commanding R Company was ordered to attack infantry positions covered by four tanks. Despite the heavy fire he put in a most skilful attack, covered by 2" mortar smoke, and drove a superior force of enemy back, thus securing an important cross-roads. There, although attacked by tanks and infantry of a battalion strength, he held his ground until ordered to withdraw. He did this bringing out his casualties which amounted to 50% of his company. Later in Arnhem on Tuesday the 19th September he led the Battalion attack against a German strong point - he personally led his men against two infantry guns and two armoured cars, one of which was disabled by gammon bombs. The guns were captured and rendered useless under his personal supervision, despite withering fire. Later he commanded an assault against entrenched positions, his personal dash was largely responsible for the over-running of these positions, this despite the fact his company was reduced to six men. His leadership constantly inspired his men to the tremendous task set them, and it was largely due to this that so much was accomplished."
Details: Third MC awarded as second bar for on the ribbon of the first MC.
 
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Information source(s):   - Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36037 published on the 28 May 1943
- Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36668 published on the 22 August 1944
- Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37274 published on the 18 September 1945
- The Pegasus Archive
- The Battle of Arnhem Archive
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