From medal recommendation:

“2720019 War Substantive Corporal, Acting Sergeant Jack CARDUS, 2nd Armoured Battalion, IRISH GUARDS

5th Guards Armoured Brigade, Guards Armoured Division, 30 Corps

On 1 August 1944 SOUTH of ST MARTIN-DES-BESACES, a difficult situation developed with the Squadron fighting Anti-tank guns and dug in ranks at very close range.  Sergeant CARDUS’ Tank was in the troop which supported the second attack against these enemy positions.

Having reached the objective, Sergeant CARDUS engaged two enemy tanks about 30 yards on his left flank: one of which he knocked out.  Immediately after this he was himself knocked out by a TIGER which appeared from the flank.  Sergeant CARDUS got all his crew out of his tank took them forward on foot and killed at least two of the crew of the knocked out GERMAN Tank, and then withdrew his men with their weapons complete to Squadron HQ.  On his return he was only with difficulty restrained from going back with a rifle to where he knew there were more enemy tanks.

His determination to close with the enemy and his cheerful enthusiasm was an inspiration to the remainder of the squadron at this very trying time, and since that time he has always maintained the same standard through a difficult and trying time.

13 December, 1944.

Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star”

Before embarkation to France in June, 1944 a list of tanks and vehicles was prepared by the 2nd Armoured Battalion, Irish Guards. On it Sergeant CARDUS is listed as being the Sergeant in command of 4 other crew members. The tank was a Sherman in No. 1 Squadron, No. 2 TroopThe Troop Leader was Lieutenant CHAINE-NICKSON (Killed in Action 27 July 1944) who rode in another tank. The other members of Sergeant CARDUS’ crew were Guardsman J. PHILLIMORE, Driver/Operator, Lance-Corporal J. BLACK, Gunner/Operator (Died of Wounds 8 September 1944), Guardsman N. HAYDEN (died 2002), Gunner/Mechanic, and Guardsman D. STIMPSON, Driver/Mechanic (Died of Wounds 2 April 1945).

Lieutenant MICHAEL HENRY CHAINE-NICKSON 233957, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 25

on 27 July 1944

Son of Augustus Alexander Chaine-Nickson and Rachel Halley Chaine-Nickson, of Dunleer, Co. Louth, Irish Republic. M.A. (Oxon.).

Remembered with honour RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. E. 15.

Lance Corporal JAMES HENRY BLACK 2723094, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 28 on 08 September 1944

Son of William and Sarah Black; husband of Sarah Eleanor Black, of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Remembered with honour BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: X. 18. 17.

Guardsman DENNIS ALFRED STIMPSON 2722018, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24 on 02 April 1945

Son of Frederick and Dorothy Stimpson of Shouldham Thorpe, Norfolk.


Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot EB. Row 1. Grave A1.

Quis Separabit

Sources: TNA; IG Journal, 2002

Photos: Iain Cardus (2010)



Many thanks to Iain Cardus for sharing these photos of his grandfather and his medals, and also to Vanessa Kelly nee Cardus.