Spr Buddy Beaton 264th Field Company, RE, Military Medal

Background 

During the period 1 September to mid-October 1944, Sapper Beaton carried out exceptionally good work under dangerous and tiring conditions while attached to 264 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Operating a D., 6 bulldozer, he eagerly pushed forward and operated for long hours both by day and by night, frequently under enemy observation and shell fire. When shelled, he continued to work without regard for his own safety. As an example, on 1, 6 and 17 September 1944, he opened a lateral road which was exposed to enemy observation and shell fire. On subsequent days during the battle for the San Fortimato Feature he did much work in the plain overlooked by it, again under enemy shell fire and with complete disregard for his own safety.