This officer was Embarkation Staff Officer at TOBRUK during the evacuation of Western CYRENAICA and for many week subsequent to the surrounding of TOBRUK by enemy forces.

During this period the harbour and docks area at TOBRUK were subject to intense enemy air activity, this officer, by his personal courage, gave a fine example to all ranks serving under him.

He was constantly working on the docks, both by day and night, and during air raids he manned a captured enemy gun, which he mounted at the waters edge.

Lt-Col J Cowley

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