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Offline Robert Bonner

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Major L E McCallum
« on: November 21, 2016, 11:02:17 AM »
 Major Lawrence Eric McCallum MC. (The Manchester Regiment)
Joined the commandos on 15 Dec 43 and served in number 2 Commando.

Any information on this officer would be appreciated
Robert

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Re: Major L E McCallum
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2016, 09:11:20 PM »

Offline Robert Bonner

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Re: Major L E McCallum
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2016, 10:06:00 AM »
Charlie.
A most interesting obit to an unknown hero of the regiment.  Very many thanks.
Robert

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Re: Major L E McCallum
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2016, 05:51:09 PM »
A very brave Officer.

The Citation for his immediate MC awarded for his actions during Operation Healing II, 28/29th July 1944, Spilje Bay Albania. Gazetted 05.10.1944.

"Captain MacCallum was in command of a Troop which had to clear two ridges on the left flank of the main attack. From the outset his troop met unexpectedly heavy and savage resistance. Captain MacCallum’s personal bravery in leading the assaults and his determination to smash through to his objectives were magnificent. He personally led every assault, and when his Troop were held up and suffering heavy casualties from flanking MG nests, he rallied them and led them on to a successful attack on the objectives. At one stage he, armed with a pistol, and with one other man, stalked a strong post and destroyed it taking 10 prisoners. In the later phases, when practically half his Troop had been killed or wounded, he led his Troop into another attack with other troops on a defended house. When the attack was held up he immediately organized and again personally led a flanking attack which enabled the main assault to go in. During a difficult dis-engagement and withdrawal, Captain MacCallum was untiring in his efforts to evacuate wounded, going forward himself on two occasions to get casualties back. Captain MacCallum’s cool, determined leadership materially contributed to the success of the operation, and his zeal and energy during the evacuation of casualties undoubtedly saved the lives of several wounded men."

Charlie