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Stephen W. Whiteside

2/Lt. Stephen W. Whiteside, 190511
Born 1921
Killed in Action, 3rd September 1942
Buried in El Alamein War Cemetery

Tales of valour

Military Cross

For outstanding leadership and personal courage. At Deir El Angar, on the night of 31st August 1942 this officer's troop of Valentines took part in a raid on enemy defences in co-operation with elements of a New Zealand Battalion. Organised at short notice, the raid was carried out in darkness over unknown ground. 2/Lt. Whiteside outdistanced the infantry and charged into and over the main sangars supported by one other tank. Having fired all 2pdr ammunition and his Besa being jammed he dispersed enemy who crowded round with grenades and revolver fire and then brought his tanks out. During the operation they were subject to heavy anti-tank gun and mortar fire at close range, 2/Lt. Whiteside's tank receiving at least six direct hits. By his courage, determination and personal example, severe casualties were inflicted on the enemy and splendid co-operation given to the New Zealand Infantry in carrying out a difficult night raid.


1939-45 STAR