South Korea. August 1953. Informal portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Kenneth Crockford, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), of Morningside, Qld, who received the Military Medal (MM) for ...

Collection ID HOBJ4566
Collection type Photograph
Title South Korea. August 1953. Informal portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Kenneth Crockford, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), of Morningside, Qld, who received the Military Medal (MM) for ...
Object type Black & white
Maker Hobson, Phillip Oliver
Place made South Korea
Date made August 1953
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

South Korea. August 1953. Informal portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Kenneth Crockford, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), of Morningside, Qld, who received the Military Medal (MM) for his conduct during an action on the night of 25 July 1953. "Cpl Crockford commanded a section of six men holding a contact bunker between Hill 111 and Hill 121. A heavy artillery barrage fell on the whole area followed by a fierce assault by an estimated enemy company. A bitter hand to hand fight ensued around Cpl Crockford's position in which he skilfully and coolly directed the fire of his Section, moving around with complete disregard for his own safety. He thus prevented the enemy from isolating the two hills despite the fact that his own small party was fighting entirely on its own. Cpl Crockford displayed outstanding leadership, throughout the night incessantly passing back information to the Battalion over the wireless, moving forward through heavy shellfire to obtain this. His realisation of the need to constantly pass back information despite the cost, and his successful maintaining of the morale of the men of his surrounded party was beyond praise".

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