DELVILLE WOOD

LONGUEVAL - SOMME - FRANCE

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Sergeant

Quentin George Murray SMYTHE, V.C.

(1916-1997)

Royal Natal Carabineers

(Photo from For Valour, of Ian S. Uys)

Alem Hamza, Cyrenaica, on the 5th June 1942.

During an attack on an ennemy strong point in which his officer was severely wounded, Sergeant Smythe took command of the platoon although he was himself wounded in the head. When our troops came under enfilade fire from an enemy machine-gun nest he attacked it with hand grenades, capturing the crew. Although weak from less of blood, he continued to lead the advance and stalking an anti-tank position, he again attacked and captured it single-handed killing several of the enemy.