Private Burrows, Eric

Craig Robertson

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Full NameEric Burrows
NicknameCharlie
NumberS/65962
RankPrivate
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Date of Birth12.02.1921 Plymouth,Devon
Date of Death11.01.1981
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Enlisted21.02.1938 Plymouth
Militaryparent unit Royal Army Service Corps (152 Med.R.Pln)
joined PPA 14.12.1943
PPA Blitz Patrol
Popski's driver when Popski was WIA 09.12.1944. Pulled him to safety on the hood of their jeep. A great lad.
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Further Informationresided 3 Ronald Grove,St.Budeaux,Plymouth
butcher in civilian life

"A plain and rather shy lad. Yunnie had rejected him from his patrol but I fancied there were signs of valour in him and gave him a try"(Popski)

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Military Medal : Ref Map ITALY 1 : 50,000 Sheet 89 - I

On 9 Dec North of RAVENNA in the area M 5847 Dvr. BURROWS found himself in a wood with his armd Jeep 50 yds South of a bridge where enemy infantry supported by arty and mortars were attacking. His Commanding Officer was away at the time on a recce. He held his fire until the enemy started to cross the bridge. He then opened up and held the posn for ten mins, preventing the enemy from crossing the bridge. All this time he was under direct fire from the enemy who were less than 60 yds away.

His CO returned from his recce severely wounded, and with perfect coolness Dvr. BURROWS drove him back to safety, together with another casualty.

Recommended by A.M.Horsbrugh-Porter Lt-Col., Comd 27th Lancers

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