Sergeant Riches, Frank

Drop Zone Normandy
By Sir Napier Crookenden

Craig Robertson

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Full NameFrederick Stanley (Frank) Riches
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Number5182528
RankSergeant
Nationality
Date of Birth11.11.1915 Shirehampton, Gloucestershire
Date of Death
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Father
Mother
Enlisted11.11.1933 Bristol
Militaryparent unit Kings Dragoon Guards, R.A.C.
joined PPA May 1943
PPA B Patrol
RTUd April 1945

Served PPA, LRDG + SAS
Married
Further Informationresided 101 Fishponds Road, West Woodthorpe, Sheffield, Yorkshire
labourer in civilian life

daughter (Lorna)
son (Guy)

"One of the very few regular soldiers who found themselves at home in the unit" (Popski)

 

CITATION:

Military Medal : On 17 Jul 44 at Scheggia, Italy, on his own initiative, with great gallantry and complete disregard to his own safety, stayed with his Jeep under heavy mortar and shell fire, in a completely exposed position, so as to give covering MG fire to a foot patrol operating ahead of him. He withdrew only after the patrol had returned to safety.

Recommendation by Major V Peniakoff M.C. O.C. 1 Demolition Sqdn P.P.A.

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Award : https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/27681/
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7352441

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