Arthur Albinson started his army career with the Royal Fusiliers, where as a Corporal he was awarded a Military Medal (MM) for gallantry at Poziers, on the 28th August 1916. He worked his way through the ranks becoming a Quarter Master Sergeant, before being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th (E) Battalion, Tank Corps. He was awarded a Military Cross (MC) for his actions at the Battle of Amiens, near Hamon Wood on August 8th 1918. He ended his career as a Captain.
The presentation of a Military Medal to QMS Albinson of the Royal Fusiliers
On 3rd August at Poziers QMS Albinson led a platoon across and took a strong point in a chalk trench. Some of the men had gone too far forward and were caught in a barrage. The sergeant went through this barrage several times and brought the men back, carrying several of the most severely wounded. Sgt Albinson also consolidated the captured stronghold and held it against attacks by bomb, liquid fire, etc. Sgt Albinson again distinguished himself on 6th October and had been recommended for reward for another act of bravery. Along with two men, he carried water to the battalion through heavy bombardment when all supplies were stopped. There was over two miles to go and this journey was repeatedly gone over, the water being carried in 2-gallon petrol tins. Each of the party was buried several times during the large number of journeys made. Such briefly was the record of the deed, which won Sgt Albinson his well-earned reward. The second act of bravery was, if anything, more daring being done in cold blood, as it were, and not under the stimulus of excitement of fighting.
Tales of valour
ALBINSON Arthur, (Temporary 2ndLieutenant)
5th Battalion Tank Corps
For gallantry near Hamon Wood, August 8th, 1918.
This officer was in command of a tank working in front of the infantry in the attack. Finding it difficult to locate hostile machine guns from inside his tank, he got out under heavy close range machine-gun fire, located the machine guns and directed the fire of his gunners from outside his tank, enabling them to knock the machine-guns out. He dealt with machine-guns in Jean Wood, Valley Wood and White House in the same manner. As a direct result of this officer’s gallantry, the infantry battalion with whom he was operating was enabled to make a very rapid advance to its final objective, their total casualties amounting to only six.
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