Sergeant Patrick Joseph Byrne,2719257
Cpl (A/Sjt), 3rd Btn Irish Guards, 4 Cdo
Military Medal (Immediate)
On 9th April 1945 Sjt Byrne's platoon was the Right leading platoon during the attack on Furstenau. They came under heavy spandau and bazooka fire and were pinned to the ground. The comapny commander coming up to visit them was killed. Sjt Byrne ordered his platoon into a sheltered poosition whil he himself remained to cover their movement with an LMG. When a plan had been made to continue the advance with close tank support, Sjt Byrne led his platoon with the greatest dash and vigour, and dealt witha number of enemy posts, until finally their objectives were gained. Throughout the action this NCO's courage and personal example were of the highest order. His complete disregard of his personal safety and coolness did much to encourage the whole company during a difficult period, and were of the greatest assistance to the successful outcome of the attack.
London Gazette 12.07.45 * Member of the Order of the British Empire * L.G 11.06.60 *