A Roscrea War Hero. By Joe Coughlan
In 1942 in the Middle East during World War 2 Second Lieutenant George Edward Pincent Fawcett from Roscrea was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding bravery.
The Fawcett family were a prominent family in Roscrea during the 19th and early 20th century but the name seems to have disappeared from the area since the mid-
In 1941 General Rommel attacked hard into Cyrenaica Libya and in the desperate fighting that took place at this time there were many acts of gallantry. Among them was Second Lieutenant Fawcett who was commanding a troop of Bofors (artillery guns) of 170th Battery, 57th LAA (Light Anti -
“The gun in which he positioned himself was subjected to heavy fire from an anti-
Eventually the gun was hit by enemy fire and knocked out of action. To prevent his gun falling into enemy hands in tact Fawcett ordered his men to escape and then proceeded to disable the gun. Under heavy machine gun fire he took the breech out of the gun and buried it some distance away. He then managed to slip through the enemy lines and trudge 80 miles to safety along with three Indian soldiers who he met also trying to escape.
Throughout this action Second-
Below is his Military record.
Name Fawcett, George Edward Pinsent
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service No: 155220
Regiment: 170 Light Anti-
Theatre of Combat or Operation: Middle East (Egypt and Libya)
Award: Military Cross
Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 23 April 1942
Catalogue reference WO 373/19