- Military Cross
- 1939-1945 Star
- Italy Star 1943-45
- Defence Medal 1939-45
- War Medal 1939-45
- Territorial Decoration
Freddie Brunton served with the regiment’s 6th Battalion during the Second War throughout the North Africa and Sicily campaigns, on four occasions commanding the battalion after the Commanding Officer had been wounded.
In the days when he was a Company Commander, he led his Company with such a cool and determined bearing that, on more than one occasion, it was singled out for special mention.
The award for his Military Cross was announced in the London Gazette in February 1943.
During period 27-29 May (1942), Major Brunton was a Company Commander… ‘When often subjected to heavy artillery and M.G. fire, Major Brunton set his Company an excellent example showing complete disregard for his personal safety and devotion to duty of an outstanding degree.
In the Breakout from the GAZALA line, the fact that the company commanded by this officer did not suffer a single casualty is to a very great extent due to Major Brunton’s cool and determined leadership.
On July 21st in the attack on TAQA Plateau, Major Brunton assumed command of 6 GREEN HOWARDS on his Commanding Officer becoming a battle casualty. As a result of Major Brunton’s energy, devotion to duty and forceful leadership a critical situation was speedily restored.’
In February 1944, Major Brunton left the 6th Battalion to take up an instructional appointment.
He died, aged 69 in March 1985.