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BOSWORTH, Edward Fokes, Corporal (1/400095),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1951

On 7 October 1951, during an attack by 5 Platoon, B Company, against thirty to forty enemy on a feature at 174224, Corporal Bosworth, firing his Bren gun from the hip, charged an enemy group of eight men who were concealed in long grass and timber. He killed five and wounded three, creating havoc and demoralising the enemy, causing them to withdraw. Corporal Bosworth then moved to a more favourable position and continued to fire at the retreating enemy. The enemy regrouped under cover and quickly counter-attacked. In spite of enemy grenades thrown at close quarters and small arms fire at point blank range, Corporal Bosworth again charged the enemy, but fell seriously wounded after being largely responsible for the breaking up of the enemy counter-attack. His actions were highly instrumental in capturing and holding ground which was vital to the offensive. His ferociousness in attacking superior numbers of enemy at close quarters and his complete disregard for his personal safety were an inspiration to all around him in the hand-to-hand struggle.


BROWN, Vincent John, Sergeant (2/6086),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1951

Sergeant Brown (then lance corporal) was a section leader of the right forward section in 10 Platoon, D Company, 3 RAR, during the attack on Point 317. After reaching the initial objective-a line of crawl trenches-Sergeant Brown observed his platoon commander being evacuated wounded and immediately took charge of the platoon. While gallantly leading his platoon to the next objective and clearing an enemy-held trench, Sergeant Brown received a wound in the right hand and arm which blew his Owen gun to pieces. Returning to the casualty collection point, he obtained another Owen gun and returned to lead the platoon onto the final objective, where he stayed and reorganised his men before going back for medical treatment. On 7 November 1951, Sergeant Brown's platoon was forced to withdraw to a new area 700 yards south-east due to enemy attacks on Point 317. Under intense enemy small arms fire which included two medium machine-guns, Sergeant Brown, with complete disregard for his personal safety, promptly organised the platoon for the move. In order to issue the necessary orders Sergeant Brown was forced to expose himself to enemy fire in moving from section position to section position. Although suffering from a second wound received on 5 November 1951, Sergeant Brown personally ensured that the minimum amount of ammunition and food would fall into enemy hands by throwing all that could not be carried to the ground to be eventually destroyed by shellfire, returning three times to the platoon area to ensure that these orders had been carried out. Sergeant Brown's gallantry, excellent control and organisation were an inspiration at all times and an example to all.


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