Spr Charles Vincent Lightfoot, 1st Field Squadron, Military Medal

Background 

During the assault on the Gothic Line on the night of 29-30 August 1944, Sapper Lightfoot was one of a party detailed to clear mines on the left axis of advance. Enemy machine gun and mortar fire was extremely heavy and held up our attacking forces. Sapper Lightfoot and a Lance-Corporal continued prodding and lifting mines until caught in the cross fore of our own and enemy light machine guns. After 20-25 minutes the fire lifted and Sapper Lightfoot continued to the limit of his task, still in advance of our leading elements. By his bravery and keen sense of duty, Sapper Lightfoot opened a gap through which supporting arms were able to get forward at a very early hour, thus contributing greatly to the success of the attack.