From medal recommendation:

“24th Guards Brigade, 1st British Division, 6th U.S. Corps

P/7309 War Substantive Captain, Temporary Major George Peter Maurice FITZGERALD, 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

In the ANZIO Beach head

Major G.P.M. FITZGERALD has commanded No. 2 Company during all the fighting in ITALY. He has commanded his Company through each successive battle with a calmness and military efficiency quite out of the ordinary run.

During the night attack of January 29th / January 30th, this Company had a very hard task, and not only did this Officer achieve the capture of his objective in the face of very heavy opposition, but by skilful leadership and personal example, moved his Company into another position by daylight with negligible casualties.

On the night February 21st / February 22nd this Officer was taking over the line from the II/6 American Armoured Battalion. On the way in, heavy shelling caused several casualties to Major FITZGERALD's Company. He personally arranged their removal under hay fire while the Company moved on under its Second-in-Command and having dealt with all casualties, re-joined his Company in time to carry out the take over of his position.

During the following four days No. 2 Company were continually attacked, sniped, shelled and mortared. The Company Commander, by constantly changing his positions, sending out raiding parties and directing fire, caused heavy enemy casualties while conserving his own force most skilfully. They captured several prisoners, and although very weak on the ground, never let the Germans in to their position. The continual alertness and the complete control of this Officer had over his very tired troops was an inspiration to see, and I feel that Major FITZGERALD's own personal bravery and skilful conduct of his Company, saving lives by his experience and coolness all through this campaign, culminating with the fight February 21st - February 24th, deserves the immediate award of the M.C.

Signed C.A. Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

Granted an Immediate M.C.”

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

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Sources: TNA; The Times