Spr Orville Charles Billings, 3rd Field Company, Military Medal


On the night of 8 December 1943, 3 Canadian Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers were detailed to build a diversion across the River Moro and to sweep the road on the north side for mines. Sapper Billings was in the minesweeping party. With no immediate protection this party started sweeping and very soon came under observed machine gun fire and were compelled to withdraw. Eighteen mines had been found and marked in the road. Sapper Billings reorganized the sappers and once more moved up the road and while still under fire removed the mines. The removal of these mines enabled the tanks to move safely up the road and give the infantry the support needed. Sapper Billings' initiative, courage and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise.