Monday, July 4, 2011

Corporal Tom Hunter VC

In the last weeks of World War II on 2 April 1945, Corporal Tom Hunter's troop from 43 Royal Marine Commando came under heavy and constant fire from three German MG42s dug in close to a group of houses near to Lake Comacchio in northern Italy.

Picking up his Bren gun, Hunter charged the houses single-handedly across 183m/200yd of open ground. He came under intense fire but so determined was his charge that six German gunners surrendered and the rest fled. Changing magazines as he ran, he cleared the house of the enemy. He drew heavy incoming fire but continued until the rest of his troop found safety. Shortly after, Cpl Hunter was killed still firing his Bren gun.

He is buried in the Argenta Gap Cemetery in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

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