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Stanley Tynan

Servicenumber : 7265224
Rank : Corporal
Regiment : Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit : Attached to 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment
Date of Death : 18-01-1945
Age : 26
Grave : Plot 8. Row C. Grave 12.
Stanley Tynan was awarded the Military Medal on 21 October 1943 for his actions in Sicily. His citation read: "At the river Simeto on the 14th July, 1943 Corporal Tynan under heavy mortar and machine gun fire attended to a gravely wounded man. He then carried the man, having rendered first aid, some 300 yards to the Regimental Aid Post under heavy machine gun fire. Corporal Tynan showed a complete disregard for his own safety throughout the action in going to the assistance of the wounded and his conduct was of the highest order at all times."
The author of the book British Paratrooper vs Fallschirmjäger: Mediterranean 1942-43, David Greentree, wrote about Stanley Tynan on page 70: "Here Lt-Col Pearson on the southern bank is directing Sgt Douglas Kerr, firing his capture MG 42 at Fallschirmjäger gathering near the bridge. Cpl Stanley Tynan of No. 16 Parachute Field Ambulance is tending to a wounded paratrooper who has recently crossed over from the northern bank. Throughout the day 72 wounded men would be patched up at a dressing station established in a farmhouse half a mile south-east of the bridge. A mule and farm cart provided their transport. (Cpl Tynan would win the Military Medal for his efforts evacuating them under heavy fire)."
Corporal Tynan was the Medical Orderly attached to a 10 men section of the 1st Parachute Battalion on Operation Simcol, which took place in southern Italy on 2 October 1943. The objective was to get escaped Allied POW's back to friendly lines. Tynan was captured by the Germans, along with three others of the section. He was sent to Stalag XIB at Fallingbostel, Germany.
Stanley Tynan took his own life on 18 January 1945.
 Picture: 29-10-2016
 
Sources: Website CWGC, British Paratrooper vs Fallschirmjäger, website www.pegasusarchive.org, Red Berets and Red Crosses and R. Hilton

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