Lieutenant-Colonel Bernard Jarvis, who has died aged 96, was awarded a Military Cross in Tunisia in 1943 at the Battle of Mareth.
In March of that year Jarvis commanded a troop of the 3rd (Cheshire) Field Squadron RE (3 CFS). He and his men were clearing mines in the Matmata Hills in order to open a direct line of communication between the Eighth Army’s forward supply base and the area occupied by 10 Corps.
Sitting on sandbags on the bonnet of his jeep, bayonet in hand, with more sandbags on the bumper and around the driver’s feet, he led his troop over a route sown with anti-vehicle and anti-personnel mines which was not yet clear of enemy units. He completed the task quickly and so thoroughly that the brigade which followed him did not lose a single vehicle and suffered no casualties.
Jarvis was awarded an Immediate MC. The citation paid tribute to the exceptional ability that he had shown...
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