CANADIAN PARA Green, George William

John Robertson

Staff member
George William
  • UNIT
A Company
  • RANK
Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal
Normandy 1944
WIA 18.8.1944 Normandy
London Gazette 37138, 19th June 1945, Page 3235 (DCM)


Military Medal : Sergeant Green has proved a great inspiration to the men of "A" Company throughout the campaign in Normandy until he was severely wounded at Goustranville on August 18th. His never failing good humour and superb courage at all times endeared him to all officers and men alike who knew him. On 18th August 1944 at 2230 hours at Goustranville, "A" Company was given an objective in a battalion night attack on the south bridges over the Eastern tributary of the Rives Dives. Sergeant Green was Platoon Sergeant of No.1 Platoon and acting Platoon Commander on this attack. His Platoon suffered heavy casualties but he reorganised them swiftly and led them on two separate assaults on enemy positions, killing and capturing well over 25 Germans; as he brought his Platoon onto their objective on the left flank of the bridge he was badly wounded in the leg. Ignoring his wound he placed his sections in positions for all round defence, got ammunition and casualty states and reported to his Company Commander. He refused to be evacuated until after every one of his men who had been wounded had been attended to.

Distinguished Conduct Medal : CSM GREEN landed by parachute east of the RHINE on 24 March 1945. Fire round the dropping zone was extremely heavy, and it was largely due to the leadership and drive of this WO that opposition was quickly overcome and the company collected as its rendezvous.

Immediately afterwards the company was directed on a village. A strong and determined enemy force was holding a group of fortified houses on the edge of the village. The attack was checked and success hung in the balance. In this emergency under heavy fire, CSM GREEN lead a PIAT detachment up to the first house. Having organized covering fire, he led the assault himself on to the house. After capturing it, he then cleared all the remaining houses in succession. The enemy was full of fight but was worsted by the vigour of CSM GREEN's attack.

This WOs quick and determined action was of the greatest value in clearing a dangerous obstacle and restoring the impetus of the advance. His contempt for danger and eagerness to close with the enemy were an inspiration to the men.


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