Sgt. Alexander "Alec" Norrie
Sgt. Alexander “Alec” Norrie, formerly of the Northumberland Fusiliers, served with No.6 Troop of No.6 Commando in
Sgt. Norrie, a Geordie, had a reputation for keeping his men well fed in
Whenever the Troop also approached an area of farms he would send out his mate, Vince Henthorn, to collect fresh eggs for his men.
He is mentioned as commanding a No.4 Section of ‘A’ Troop patrol on
On 24th January 1946, Sgt. Alexander Norrie was awarded the Military Medal for his service to the unit. The citation reads:
‘Sgt. Norrie has served with this unit throughout the
He has at all times in this campaign shown the highest courage and endurance. He is a natural leader, aggressive, fearless and sound in his judgement.
He has suffered from chronic stomach trouble since
During this campaign he has carried out twenty-four successful patrols and once when in charge of a standing patrol was responsible for giving the unit a further much needed 20 minutes for consolidation whilst fighting a brilliant delaying action.
He has on many occassions, owing to a shortage of officers, been placed in command of a Commando Section of 30 men and has led them with the highest skill, gallantry and initiative.’