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Cool under fire - John Prott

"Gunner John Prott, who died on February 22 aged 88, was awarded two Military Medals for unusual courage and unfailing presence of mind during the fighting in north-west Europe" during World War II.

A cheerful fellow, Prott managed to keep his head while driving a burning tank, and evacuating it under small arms fire. He kept his cool when captured by the Germans and later when he escaped from a burning building, and again while skillfully driving another tank through enemy gunners though he was suffering from shock due to the fact he had "shell splinters all down one side of his face and body".

The Telegraph has the details.

Ave atque Vale.

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