CASEY, T/Major (WS Capt) Patrick Anthony 256432 MC

'On the 23rd of November 1944, C Company of the 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry, commanded by Major Casey were ordered to attack an enemy position across the River COSINA. This task was carried out with great dash, Major Casey leading the attack himself and silencing an enemy machine gun post, On reaching the objective, C Company were ordered at short notice to take part in a further attack on a position known as DESMOND. Major Casey reorganised his Company and gave out orders for the second attack under extremely difficult conditions and under persistent enemy fire. He then took part in the second attack and capured his objective together with 15 of the enemy.

'Major Casey's disregard of enemy fire and devotion to duty enabled the
Company to put in an attack on important enemy positions, the taking of which had a great effect on the operations in the area. I strongly recommend that Major Casey be awarded an immediate Military Cross.' Recommended by Lieut Col DHC Worrall MC, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry.


PECKETT, Pte John MM 1433647

Citation still withheld by HM Government because of its supposedly politically sensitive nature: MM awarded for actions in Greece on the night of 13th-14th December 1944. From the Battalion History, page 54: '.....Private J Peckett was later awarded a Military Medal for his gallantry in containing the enemy throughout the night from his position on a road block. In the early hours of the morning this same man volunteered to go through a street which was swept by enemy machine-gun fire in order to get further supplies of ammunition for the besieged defenders.'


CHILVERS, WS Sgt Henry 4459297 MM

'Sergeant Chilvers has been a Sergeant in the Carrier Platoon of the 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry since the 3rd July 1944. He has carried out his duties at all times with distinction. 'His conduct in contact with the enemy has been an inspiration to his comrades. He commanded a Section of Carriers in the action on SERRA RIDGE, which worked round the back of a German position and succeeded in capturing a German 88 mm gun, which was holding up our tanks.

'Sergeant Chilvers has since then led his command on many occasions with great dash and determination. His own will to get at the enemy being passed on to those under his command. I strongly recommend him for a periodic Military Medal.' Recommended by Lieut Col DHC Worrall MC, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light Infantry. Date Recommendation
received Bde: 18 Jan 1945.

DOUGLAS, Pte Robert 4466422 MM

'Private Douglas has been a motor transport driver in the 16th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry since September 1942. He has taken part in all the actions in which the Battalion has fought since the landings at SALERNO on 9th September 1943, as a Jeep driver.

'In September 1944, when the Battalion was engaged in fighting on Gimmano [sic] Pte Douglas was driving the stretcher jeep and was responsible for evacuating many casualties under heavy shell fire. During this period his jeep was destroyed by shellfire whilst he was beside it. Private Douglas obtained another jeep and continued to evacuate casualties. 'Private Douglas's calm manner in action has been an
inspiration to his comrades. His devotion to duty in bringing up rations and ammunition and evacuating casualties under difficult conditions has contributed largely to the success of his Company in action.I strongly
recommend him for a periodic award of a Military Medal.' Recommended
by Lieut Col DHC Worrall MC, Commanding 16th Bn The Durham Light
Infantry. Date Recommendation received: Bde: 24 May 1945.


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J Peckett MM
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Sgt H Chilvers MM is sitting at front in the beret in this enlargement from a 1945 photograph of the Carrier Platoon, 16 DLI. Click on the image to see the full photograph.
Major P Casey MM