Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Houston, who has died aged 95, was awarded a Military Cross at the end of the campaign in north-west Europe.
He commanded a troop of the Royal Dragoons from Normandy in July 1944 to the River Elbe 10 months later. On one occasion when his troop was helping to keep open the Nijmegen to Eindhoven road, he delayed several German tanks advancing on the town of Veghel, Holland, long enough to let US anti-tank gunners get into position and break up the attack. He was wounded but remained in command of his troop until the emergency had ended and he was ordered back by an MO.
In Germany, during fighting near Uelzen, he was leading a dismounted party from his troop against an enemy outpost in a wood. Although shot in the leg by a German at close range with a revolver, he remained in control and the outpost was wiped out.
The citation for the award of an MC paid tribute to...
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