A Second World War Military Medal awarded to Gnr McCann RA / For Italy
MM correctly impressed - 941300 GNR. M. McCann. R.A.
Martin McCann served as a member of 152 Field Regiment Royal Artillery. he was attached as a signaller to 4 Coy, 2nd Coldstream Guards when he won his Military Medal Near Poggio Mirteto in July 1944.
The award was announced in the London Gazette on the 5th December 1944. The citation is as follows;
'On the evening of 9 June 44, Gnr McCann a signaller, was in a O.P. party accompanying 4 Coy, 2 Coldm Gds in their advance along the road to Poggio Mirteto. The company took up positions on high ground to the right of the road, with the company H.Q. in a quarry at the base of the hill. It was impossible to reach by tank, so the O.P. Officer and GNr Mccann went forward on foot with a 38 set. Heavy shelling and nebelwerfer fire was virtually continuous. When they reached Coy H.Q. they found that the 38 set was not 'through' to the tank. Teh infantry set was out of touch with battalion. It was essential to establish communications. Gnr McCann went back through the shelling to the tank and re-established communications. These failed again shortly after he made his way back to the Coy H.Q. in the quarry. Again, he made the double journey on foot, through the enemy fire, which had become even more intense. Throughout that night and the next day, Gnr McCann manned his set, transmitting fire orders cooly and correctly, ignoring his own safety in his determination to do his job.'