A Second World War M.M. of five to Sergeant C.Franks, Royal Warwickshire Regiment,
Military Medal, G.VI.R. (5116866 Sjt C. Franks. R. War. R.); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal. Extremely fine. (Lot)
M.M. London Gazette 21.12.1944.
Sergeant Franks commanded No.11 Platoon, "B" Company of a Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 29th July, 1944, in the attack on Butte De Chene.
He was conspicuous during the attack (and the period of consolidation) by cheering his men onwards into the enemy while advancing through a heavy mortar defensive of the enemy . During the whole period of consolidation during the night 29/30th July, his Platoon was under constant and sometimes heavy mortar fire combined with M.G. 42 fire from a well dug-in enemy position some seventy to ninety yards off. Sgt Franks had immense difficulties in replenishing his sections with ammunition and getting food and water to them after a heavy battle. Movement by day on the following day, at once drew fire.
Nevertheless, Sgt. Franks' Platoon stuck firmly to their ground and remained there until 1st August, 1944 when the whole position was finally secured. During these days, he continued to visit his sections posts often having to expose himself to the enemy, which duties he performed with the utmost unconcern and disregard for his own safety thus setting a magnificent example of bravery to his men whose confidence he restored during many an anxious moment.
The lot comes with boxes of issue for the MM and WW2 medals plus condolence slip, Memorial Scroll, various letters photographs, cap badge, sweetheart badges (2), copy of the London Gazette, Commonwealth War Graves booklet, an account of the 1/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regt in Normandy etc.
Sergeant Cecil Franks was killed in action on 18.10.1944, aged 29. He is buried at Venray War Cemetry. He was the son of Albert and Emily Alice Franks, of Watford, Hertfordshire.