From medal recommendation:

“24th Guards Brigade, 1st British Division

P/121345 Temporary Captain Oliver Sidney CHESTERTON, 1st Bn IRISH GUARDS

Attack of Point 212 & 214, April 27, 1943

The 1st Battalion, Irish Guards was right-hand Battalion in a Brigade attack launched at 14.00 hours on April 27.  On the way to the start line the leading companies had very heavy casualties from Artillery and mortar fire.  Eventually the companies got across the start line with No. 4 Company leading on the left and with No. 1 Company commanded by Captain Chesterton in support of it.  The objective was Point 212 & 214.  All the officers of No. 4 Company were either wounded or killed and the advance came to a standstill. 

The intensity of fire made it impossible to advance further in daylight.  Captain Chesterton got his company on under smoke but was soon pinned.  He was then wounded by shrapnel in the shoulder I contacted the Company by radio wireless and was told Chesterton was wounded and I was the only officer not either wounded or killed.  However, Chesterton still managed to get in formation to me.  Eventually he was wounded twice again, once in the elbow and once in the thigh.  However he managed to get to his western ref & regain control of his company.  He told me that he would continue the advance as soon as it got dark and asked me to bring Artillery fire on various targets.  The moment darkness fell he led his company on, despite his wounds and captured his objective.  I followed closely on behind his company and found him on the objective, the position consolidated, and patrols already sent forward to Point 181.  He then managed with help to get himself down the hill and back to the Battalion dressing station. 

There is little doubt in my mind that unless Captain Chesterton had stuck out his wounds and led his company in to the objective we would never have got the hill at all as the Battalion had had very severe casualties.  There were hardly any officers and the Battalion was scattered over a long area.

I strongly recommend this officer for gallantry and efficiency.

Immediate MC

C.A. Montagu-Douglas-Scott, O.C., 1st Battalion, Irish Guards”

N.B. The original recommendation is hand-written and hole-punched and the copy poor. As a consequence it is difficult to read and some words are completely lost, two holes having been punched in the original document to ease filing (marked by ???).

Captain Chesterton’s name appears on the Official Army casualty list under Wounded; published in The Times, 24 June, 1943

Notice of the award of his Military Cross was published in The Times on 24 September, 1943.

Click here to view 1Bn group photo, Chelsea Barracks, 1944

Quis Separabit

Sources: TNA


WO 373/2-ir807