Robert Hammill MM

Wounded Riflemen

The following is the citation, as it was written, for 69844425 Rifleman Robert Hammill of the 1st (Airborne) Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles, for his actions on Operation VARSITY.

On 24th March 1945 Rfn Hammill’s glider crash
landed in flames SOUTH of Hamminkeln. The glider
immediately became a machine gun target for enemy
Spandau not 70 yards away. The platoon suffered
fourteen casualties. Rifleman HAMMILL had three
fingers of his right hand blown off and his face
was so burnt as to be quite unrecognisable.
Despite his severe wounds Rfn Hammill saved his
Platoon commander’s life by putting him out of
the burning glider and bringing him to conscious-
ness. He pulled his Platoon Commander into a ditch
being calm and brave in all his actions. He then
himself became unconscious. His was a strength of
will and devotion hardly credible.