Richard Wallace Annand

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, British Army
Awarded: 3rd September 1940
Nationality: British

The citation in "The London Gazette," for 23rd August 1940, gives the following details:

For most conspicuous gallantry on the 15th-16th May 1940 when the platoon under his command was on the south side of the River Dyle, astride a blown bridge. During the night a strong attack was beaten off, but about 11 a.m. the enemy again launched a violent attack and pushed forward a bridging party into the sunken bottom of the river. Second Lieutenant Annand attacked this party, but when ammunition ran out he went forward himself over open ground, with total disregard for enemy mortar and machine-gun fire. Reaching the top of the bridge, he drove out the party below, inflicting over twenty casualties with hand grenades. Having been wounded he rejoined his platoon, had his wound dressed, and then carried on in command. During the evening another attack was launched and again Second Lieutenant Annand went forward with hand grenades and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. When the order to withdraw was received, he withdrew his platoon, but learning on the way back that his batman was wounded and had been left behind, he returned at once to the former position and brought him back in a wheelbarrow, before losing consciousness as the result of wounds.

Additional Information

Richard Annand finshed the war a Captain
He later lost his hearing and was discharged from the battalion.
After serving in a variety of posts he was offered a commission in the Pay Corps which he declined.
In 1948 he was invalided out of the Army.

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