action enabled wounded to receive medical attention at the earliest possible moment and he undoubtedly was instrumental in saving the lives of several of his comrades. I strongly recommend this NCO for the immediate award of a Military Medal.'
Recommended by Lieut Colonel J C Preston, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry.


MAY, CSM Anthony 5946226 Silver Star

Award of the Silver Star (US Citation): 'Infantry--British Army'

'For gallantry in action, on the night of 29-30 January 1944, near S Rocco, Italy. While attacking a strong enemy position, Company Sergeant Major May's company received heavy machine gun fire while crossing a gully. Company Sergeant Major May, showing personal courage under fire, led part of the company across the gully, then returned to secure a wireless set and called for and directed artillery fire on the enemy. He moved among his men on the wooded slopes of the gully, rallied a platoon which had suffered heavy casualties and removed several wounded men to a covered position. His calmness and courage under fire inspired his men, and his actions undoubtedly saved many lives. Entered military service from London, England.'


JOBEY, W/S Lt (T/Capt) A/Major) George 172372 DSO

'Major JOBEY has been commanding C Company, 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry since February 1943. He has at all times proved himself to be a most successful and fearless leader of men. During the period in question, he commanded his Company with his accustomed skill until finally wounded on 30th January 1944 when consolidating his Company position in the face of the enemy. Major Jobey's skill and leadership has been the primary reason for his Company's success in action and the low number of casualties received. Under his command, C Company have never failed to take their objective. I strongly recommend Major JOBEY for the periodic award of a Military Cross.' Recommended by Lieut Colonel J C Preston, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry. Date recommendation received, Brigade: 28 May 1944.


GRIFFIN, WS Sgt Peter William Hamilton 5951130 MM

'Sergeant Griffin is Medical Sergeant and has been employed in this job in the Regimental Aid Post since 1st July 1942. In action he has proved that his one concern are the wounded, regardless of himself. He is the Senior combatant rank in the Regimental Aid Post and by his own personal courage and leadership has at all times set a splendid example to the Stretcher Bearers. His bravery in the face of the enemy led to his being put forward for an immediate award in December 1943. During the period in question (1st-January-30th April 1944) he has continued to set a fine example and to carry out his work most conscientiously both in and out of action, thereby gaining the confidence of the whole Battalion in his responsible task. I strongly recommend Sergeant Griffin for the periodic award of a Military Medal.' Recommended by Lieut Colonel J C Preston, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry. Date recommendation received Brigade: 30 May 1944.


MATTIN, WS WOII (CSM) Arthur 5947792 MM

'Company Sergeant Major MATTIN is Company Sergeant Major of C Company, 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry and has been since 1st April 1943. He has at all times proved himself to be an excellent Company Sergeant Major. He is at his best in battle and has proved himself to be a fearless and resolute man. His bravery and personal example led to a recommendation for an Immediate Award being put forward both in the TUNISIAN Campaign and in ITALY. During the period in question (1st January-30th April 1944) Company Sergeant

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CSM Tony May, top, at right, is pictured receiving the US Silver Star medal from his A Company CO, Major Alan Hay. CSM May, was ex-Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment and was with 16 DLI from the start in July 1940 Click on the photo for an enlargement and a fuller caption.

Sgt Peter Griffin MM is pictured above as a young recruit in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment in January 1940. To see the full photograph click here. To read his May 1945 letter to his just-released 16 DLI POW friend Charles Bray click here.

Sgt Major Arthur Mattin MM is pictured at left below alongside his C Company CO Major Pat Casey in mid-1944. To see the full C Company HQ photo click here.

Arthur Mattin was another ex-Beds and Herts man who was with the 16th DLi from the start. He was killed in action on 4/9/44.
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click to enlarge, CSM May, Major Hay, 1944