From medal recommendation:

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

2718341 Lance-Sergeant Clarence WEIR, 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

On the night 3rd February / 4th February, the Battalion positions were subjected to heavy shelling under cover of which the enemy infiltrated and established Machine Gun posts in the middle of the position.

When morning, 4th February, came No. 4 Company was found to be completely surrounded and cut off from Battalion H.Q., which itself was isolated. No. 4 Company was ordered to attack forward to clean the area between it and Battalion H.Q. During the advance Lance-Sergeant WEIR saw a large number of German Infantry in a gully and promptly led his section in a charge against them. They were met with heavy L.M.G. fire and Sergeant WEIR was shot through the shoulder. Despite this he continued to direct and lead his section as if nothing had happened, closed with the enemy and with his men killed those who delayed their surrender. While lying on the ground waiting for a stretcher he directed his section to an assault on another enemy post and when he was finally carried away he section continued to kill or capture many of the enemy.

This Lance-Sergeant's leadership, dash and personal courage inspired his section and set an example which ensured the success of his action.

I strongly recommend Lance-Sergeant WEIR for the immediate award of the M.M.

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

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

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Sources: The Times; IG Journal, 1960