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Colonel Peter Kidner – obituary 

 Peter Kidner in 1942 Credit: Simon Kidner

Colonel Peter Kidner,  who has died aged 96, was awarded an Immediate MC in 1945 in the Italian Campaign.

In April 1945 the Allies were advancing to the Po valley in the face of strong German defences. Kidner, by then a major, was in command of 255 Field Company RE, Brigade sappers.

Tiger tank below the Gaiana Bailey bridge Credit: Simon Kidner

In the forced crossing of the Sillaro and Gaiana rivers, the successful pursuit of the Germans depended on the speedy and efficient bridging of a series of major water obstacles. Kidner was well ahead with the leading units and, having selected his sites, got his men on to the job at the first possible moment.

“As a result,” the citation for the award of an Immediate MC stated, “ the armour and support weapons of the Brigade were always hot on the heels of the infantry. Major Kidner by his skill, outstanding example and complete disregard of danger has played a vital part in ensuring the complete success of all...

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