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Sergeant Major Robert Dudley Page, DCM

5886493 61 Recce Rgt. RAC

Robert Dudley Page and his younger brother David went to Wellingborough Grammar School. Their parents farmed at Chelveston. Both boys joined Major Marroitt's Rushden Territorial Army. David worked as a motor mechanic at Raunds and was called up in early 1939. Robert continued to work on the family farm until a few days before the war started.

John W C Cook

SSM Page was in command of ‘C’ Squadron HQ vehicles when the Squadron crossed the Albert Canal at KO71843 South of Gheel on 9th September 1944 in offensive operations. The vehicles immediately came under heavy fire and three were hit. SSM Page quickly organised the HQ behind some houses being continually under machine gun fire while doing so. Soon after, the first Squadron casualties came in. The bridge over the canal by now had been broken and rendered useless by enemy shellfire, but SSM Page got the across by boat, still under constant and heavy fire. After two hours of fighting, the forward troops required ammunition. Owing to the bridge being broken the ammunition truck was still on the far side of the canal. SSM Page organised the transcport of ammunition in a small boat, and himself took it forward to the armoured cars. The route was under enemy observation and he was under heavy mortar and machine gun fire the whole way. His truck was hit three times. Nevertheless he maintained the ammunition supply throughout the whole day until the troops were relieved at dusk.

By his energy, enterprise and great personal courage, SSM Page played a large part in the Squadron’s success; his outstanding devotion to duty and example being a great inspiration to his comrades during a very trying day.

Recommended by: B L Montgomery on 13th November 1944.

NA Ref: WO 373/51

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