** NEW ** The astounding and poignant posthumous Northern France Le Touques crossing 49th Div & 6th Airbourne bridgehead D.C.M., M.I.D group consisting of: Distinguished Conduct Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf to 4756342 Pte. J. Ellis, Y. & L. R.; 1939-45 Star; France & Germany Star; WWII Defence & War Medals in box of issue marked: 'Mrs E.E. Ellis, 12 Belmont Crescent, Thwaite Gate, Leeds 10', accompanied by a large amount of original material including original D.C.M. citation, M.I.D. Certificate, medal transferral condolence slip, officially stamped to 'Mrs. E.E. Ellis' and 'your husband 4756342 J. Ellis', Buckingham Place attendence letter, letters from the Commanding Officer of the Hallamshire Bn. to Mrs. Ellis, pay and National Servcie Certificates, Victory Celebration certificate, Operation Overlord 6 Jun 1944 Liberte Medal, a number of newspaper articles with headlines such as 'Leeds Man Helped Bridge Vital River' and 'Posthumous Leeds D.C.M.', War Graves Commission letters and poignant handwritten letters including from 'Johnnies Pals' of the Hallamshire Bn. and a letter home from Cpl. Ellis to his son, which is signed off: "Daddy wants to come home to see Mother & you, but we must beat the German first so that you can go to school and be taught the things which are necessary for peace & love. Now, son, do all that Mommy says and be a good boy until Daddy comes home and then we shall have lots of fun and games. Cheerio old man - we shall meet again soon, from Daddy xxxxxxxx"

Immediate posthumous D.C.M. Gazetted 1 Mar 1945: "On 20th Aug, 1944, the Battalion was ordered to make a bridgehead over the river TOUQUES near OUILLY LE VICOMPTE. The enemy, who was determined to hold up our advance, had blown every single bridge over the river and taken up extremely strong positions on the high ground on the further side. From these positions they had a perfect field of view and field of fire on to any target which might appear on the river bank. The Pioneer Platoon, who owing to casualties were without either an officer or a Sergeant, were ordered to throw and improvised bridge over the site of one which had been blown. The Platoon were faced with two main difficulties in carrying out this task. The first was the heavy concentration of mortar and small arms fire which rained down upon them as soon as they approached the water's edge, and continued throughout the entire operation, the second being the fact that there was no authorised bridging material whatsoever at their disposal. Immediately Pte. Ellis took charge of the proceedings and looking about him quickly spotted some telegraph poles which he told his party to fetch and lay across the river to form a base for the bridge. Meanwhile he found some timber which had been used for construction of German dugouts and this and other improvised materials which he discovered in different places in the area, he had carried down to the water's edge. In addition to mortar and small arms fire, shells were now landing all around the bridge. Pte. Ellis so inspired his Platoon by his own complete disregard for personal safety that the job was completed in two hours and the entire fighting echelon vehicles of the battalion were able to pass over."

M.I.D. Gazetted 22 Apr 1945. Cpl. John Ellis was Killed in Action on 5 Nov 1944 and is buried at Roosendaal-En-Nispen Roman Catholic Cemetery.



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