Hunter, Thomas Peck. Cpl. KIA 03/04/1945. CH/X 110296. Awarded the VC for the action below. No 43 Commando. Scottish. Son of Ramsay and Mary Hunter of Edinburgh in Italy. Cpl Hunter of 'C' Troop of a Royal Marine Commando was in charge of a Bren group of the leading sub-section. Having advanced within 400 yards of the final objective he realised that his troop had to cross open ground where enemy dine would cause heavy casualties. Cpl Hunter seized the Bren gun and charged across 200 yards of open ground, attracting most of the enemy dine. Showing complete disregard for this fire he alone cleared the enemy position capturing six Germans. The remainder fled over the canal. THe troop now became the target for fire from the opposite bank. In full view, Cpl Hunter fired and drew most of the enemy fire while the greater part of the troop gained cover. Shouting encouragement to the remainder he continued firing with great accuracy until finally he was hit and killed. There can be no doubt that Cpl Hunter offered himself as a target in order to save his troop. By his skillful and acurate use of his Bren gun he demoralised the enemy, and later silenced many of the Spandaus firing on his troop, so that many of the troop made their final objective before he was killed. Throughout the operations his magnificent courage, leadership and cheerfulness had been an inspiration to his comrades. From the London Gazette June 13th 1945. (added 16/04/05)
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