From the Publication Volunteers from Eire who have won Distinctions while serving with the British Forces:

[From medal recommendation]

“[24th Guards Brigade, 1st British Division, 6 American Corps

2718472 Serjeant Michael MORAN, 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS]

Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) (Drill Sergeant) Michael Moran, Irish Guards, was awarded the Military Medal.

On the night of January 29/30, 1944, in an attack in his sector, Company Sergeant-Major MORAN was in charge of the company transport and acting second-in-command to an officer who was in command of the whole column.

The road up which this column was to advance had not been cleared of the enemy.  After advancing about 1 1/2 miles the column came under heavy machine-gun fire from a house some 100 yards away and from enemy positions on a flank.  Company Sergeant-Major MORAN quickly organised a small party and led an assault on the house and killed the German gunners, thus freeing the column from its most immediate danger. 

On returning from his task he found that the officer in command had been severely wounded, and that one carrier had been set on fire by mortar bombs which were now falling thickly on the road.

Company Sergeant-Major MORAN instantly assumed command of the whole column, and ordering flank protection, he organised the turn-round of the column with great coolness, under heavy fire, and took it back to a covered position.   During all this period whether attacking or organising, he showed complete disregard for his own safety.  He then went forward to contact his Company Commander and reconnoitre a route up to his company position.

In the subsequent heavy fighting on the flank this Warrant Officer showed outstanding courage and leadership and personally led several attacks on machine-gun posts with complete success.  During the whole of the fighting his courage and initiative were remarkable, and he certainly played a large part in securing the number of Germans his company killed.

This NCO has fought in Palestine, Norway, Tunisia, and now in the Italian campaign, and has on all occasions set the highest example of personal courage and devotion to duty.

Company Sergeant-Major MORAN was born in DUBLIN.”


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

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Sources: The Times; TNA

Photo: IG Journal, 1962; B. Sims