G.H. Copson

Tales of valour

Military Cross and Bar

Military Cross

COPSON G H (Lieutenant)

3rd County of London Yeomanry (The Sharpshooters).

On November 29th 1943, Lieutenant Copson was commanding a troop of tanks and his squadron which was reduced to five tanks was established on the R Li Callie feature. Lieutenant Copson having previously overrun the German infantry positions, saw one of his troop’s tanks was fired on twice by an anti-tank gun. Lieutenant Copson was unable to get a fire position where he was, but in order to engage this gun he moved into an exposed position, a situation which he knew to be extremely dangerous to himself. He advanced and was immediately fired upon by two guns, but by bravery and coolness he succeeded in closing to 800 yards and with two shots destroyed two guns. There is no doubt that Lieutenant Copson’s courage and example saved other tanks from destruction and enabled the advance to continue.

MILITARY CROSS AND BAR

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1939-45 STAR

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AFRICA STAR

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FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

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ITALY STAR

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WAR MEDAL

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