The Infantry who were concentrated near the position got their first idea
of what a gun position was like and thereafter looked at gunners with
new respect while at the same time staying as far away from the guns as possible.
Capt. F.J.M. Archibald now wears the Military Cross as a result of his work at this
His citation reads:
CAPTAIN F.J.M. ARCHIBALD M. C.
“On the 21st May 1944, “E” Troop gun position midway between
PONTE CORVO and ACQUINO about 3000 yards EAST, was being heavily shelled.
After a hit on an ammunition dump the fire got out of control and as result brought
down a very severe shelling.
On the 21 May 1944 several shells landed at once, one burying Lieut. Archibald
and one landing between two slit trenches killing three men mortally wounding
a fourth and wounding four others.