Lieutenant Colonel Hume Elliot Dalton, DSO
Distinguished Service Order Citation
“Major Dalton commanded “A” Company, 1st Battalion The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada during the initial assault on the beaches of Bernier-sur-mer in Normandy, 6 June 1944. He personally led his men ashore against the German strong points. So fierce was the attack of “A” Company, which he lead, that the German resistance was quickly overcome. Still at the head of his of his company, Major Dalton led them through the town of Bernier-sur-mer, driving the enemy into the fields beyond. So quickly and with so much dash was this task completed, the reserve company of 1 Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada were able to land without a shot being fired at them from the beach defences.
Major Dalton was wounded in action on D+6 leading his company into an attack across the open fields of Le Mesnil Patrie. He returned to the unit from hospital 28 September 1944 and took over command of “B” Company, which company he led through the heavy fighting of The Scheldt Estuary and the capturing of the towns of Ijzendyke and Oostburg. On 18 December 1944 he was appointed Second-in-Command of the Battalion, which appointment he holds to date.
Major Dalton has carried out his duties efficiently and upon numerous occasions had commanded the Battalion in action with notable success. His disregard for his own safety, his devotion to duty and his personal courage have been a constant source of inspiration to the Officers and other ranks of this Battalion. As a soldier he leaves nothing to be desired. His personal bravery is unquestionable, and due to this bravery and spirit he has made a notable contribution to the success of 1 Battalion The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and the Canadian Army as a whole.”
London Gazette 24 January 1946 Pg 646