Temporary Lieutenant Colnel
Robert William Palliser Dawson
attached to No.4 Commando
Distinguished Service Order
Dawson(right) with Capt Guy Vorch
( French Cdo's)
Col Dawson fought his way to the Commando objective and captured Ouistreham Battery despite heavy casualties suffered in street fighting on the way. No artillery support was available as both the Commando Forward Observation officer and the FOB became casualties. Col Dawson was himself twice wounded during the course of the battle, but refused to relinquish command. It was due to his leadership and direction that the attack was successfully pressed home.
London Gazette 31.08.44. ** La Croix de Guerre **