McCann MM, Lance Serjeant Robert


The following is the text from Army Form W.3121 describing the date, place and action for which 7011693 Lance Serjeant Robert McCann was recommended for an award by the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles, Lieutenant Colonel I C Harris, in June 1944 and forwarded through the chain of command for approval. Lance Serjeant McCann was awarded the Military Medal (MM) and his award was promulgated in the Supplement to The London Gazette dated 31 August 1944.


During the attack on CAMBES, this NCO was commanding
a section of the leading platoon. The enemy put
down a heavy mortar barrage in front of the objective,
through which it was necessary to advance. On
approaching the barrage, L/Sgt McCANN was seriously
wounded in the face. Although suffering great pain
and having difficulty in seeing, this NCO continued to
lead his section into the heaviest portion of the
barrage and through it until he collapsed.

His great determination in continuing to advance set
a fine example to the remainder of his platoon and
obviated the danger of any hesitation at this critical

L/Sgt McCANN is recommended for an immediate award of
the MM.