The superb South African Forces Second World War North Africa Battle of El Alamein night of 23rd to 24th October 1942 attack on an enemy strongpoint ‘Immediate’ single Military Medal awarded to Temporary Corporal P.T. Clare, 1st/2nd Field Force Battalion, 2nd South African Infantry Brigade, who commanding a section in an attack on an enemy strongpoint, which then came under heavy mortar and machine gun fire and suffered heavy casualties, Clare himself sustaining wounds to his legs. Despite the wounds, he rallied his men and led the advance unde

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The superb South African Forces Second World War North Africa Battle of El Alamein night of 23rd to 24th October 1942 attack on an enemy strongpoint ‘Immediate’ single Military Medal awarded to Temporary Corporal P.T. Clare, 1st/2nd Field Force Battalion, 2nd South African Infantry Brigade, who commanding a section in an attack on an enemy strongpoint, which then came under heavy mortar and machine gun fire and suffered heavy casualties, Clare himself sustaining wounds to his legs. Despite the wounds, he rallied his men and led the advance under terrific machine gun and mortar fire to within 50 yards of the enemy positions, where wire, booby-traps, and mines were encountered. He went forward alone to locate the enemy weapon pits, but received a severe bullet wounded in the chest. Undaunted, he rejoined the section, brought them into a firing position, and in his exhausted condition controlled them until ordered back by his platoon commander. He reported back to his company commander, gave a full report of the position, and, in his weak and painful condition, insisted on taking, and actually took an important message to the platoon commander.

Military Medal, GVI 1st type bust, impressed naming; (60158 T/CPL. P.T. CLARE. 1/2 F.F.B.), mounted on wearing pin as issued.

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Patrick Thomas Clare saw service during the Second World War with the South African Forces and was involved during the campaign in North Africa. It was whilst a Temporary Corporal (No.60158) with the 1st/2nd Field Force Battalion, a unit of the 2nd South African Infantry Brigade in the 1st South African Division during the Battle of El Alamein on the night of 23rd to 24th October 1942 that Clare won his Military Medal when commanding a section in an attack on an enemy strongpoint. Clare’s ‘immediate’ award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette for 31st December 1942.

The recommendation originally made on 31st October 1942 reads as follows: ‘El Alamein. For acts of bravery, personal initiative, and resourcefulness in the face of enemy fire. On the night of 23/24th October 1942, Corporal Clare led his section in an attack on an enemy strongpoint. The section came under heavy mortar and machine gun fire and suffered heavy casualties, Corporal Clare himself sustaining wounds to his legs. Despite the wounds, he rallied his men and led the advance under terrific machine gun and mortar fire to within 50 yards of the enemy positions, where wire, booby-traps, and mines were encountered. He went forward alone to locate the enemy weapon pits, but received a severe bullet wounded in the chest. Undaunted, he rejoined the section, brought them into a firing position, and in his exhausted condition controlled them until ordered back by his platoon commander. He reported back to his company commander, gave a full report of the position, and, in his weak and painful condition, insisted on taking, and actually took an important message to the platoon commander. Throughout the action, Corporal Clare showed himself to be a courageous leader, and his fearless behaviour at a critical period in the face of heavy enemy fire was a tremendous inspiration to all his men.’