A superb Second World War Libya Western Desert Force Bayonet Charge at Tumar West 9th December 1940 single Military Medal awarded to Fusilier D. Walsh, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, which unit was serving within the 5th Indian Infantry Brigade when he ‘led a bayonet charge on a post held by at least 50 Libyans who quickly surrendered’ being wounded in the hand, he refused aid, and continued in the attack, later stopping a local counterattack.
Military Medal, GVI 1st type bust; (6466717 FSR. D. WALSH. R.FUS.), mounted on original wearing brooch as issued.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
David Walsh served during the Second World War as a Fusilier (No.6466717) with the 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. It was when his unit was serving with the 5th Indian Infantry Brigade in the 4th Indian Division at part of the Western Desert Force at Tumar West on 9th December 1940 that Walsh performed that act of gallantry when leading a bayonet charge against a post held by 50 Libyan’s and was awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette for 25th April 1941.
The original recommendation reads as follows: ‘Fusilier Walsh led a bayonet charge on a post held by at least 50 Libyans who quickly surrendered. He was wounded in the hand but refused to go back to the R.A.P. He continued with his section in the attack and helped to stop a local counter-attack. He did not go to the R.A.P. until ordered by his Platoon Commander next morning.’
Walsh’s award was recommended on 15th December 1940 and approved by General Wavell, Commander in Chief Middle East on 3rd February 1941.