Thursday, 8 March 2012
JOHN PANTON KISZELY - MC
On the night of 13/14 June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards attacked well entrenched enemy positions on the cracky ridge feature of Tumbledown Mountain, seven kilometers to the west of Port Stanley. Major KISZELY was commanding the Leading Company as they neared the last phase of the assault.
Despite heavy artillery fire from our own guns, the enemy continued to fight back. Major KISZELY immediately appreciated that direct action was essential to maintain the momentum of the attack. Under fire and with a complete disregard for his own safety, he led a group of his men up a gully towards the enemy. Despite men falling wounded beside him he continued his charge, throwing grenades as he went. Arriving on the enemy position, he killed two enemy with his rifle and a third with his bayonet. His courageous action forced the surrender of the remainder. His was the culminating action in the Battalion successfully seizing its objective.
Major KISZELY, by his outstanding leadership and heroic example was an inspiration to his men. His bravery and courage under fire were of an exceptionally high order. He is strongly recommended for the award of a Military Cross.