Corr John William Pte 4456620

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Name Corr John William
Army number 4456620
Rank Pte
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards.
Date of birth Research suggests 27/11/1918.
Age 68 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry - Territorial Army - 4/7/1939. Posted ? 9th Bn DLI. Posted ? 12th Bn DLI 1/9/1939. Embodied 1/9/1939. Transferred to the Black Watch 1/2/1940 and posted to the 1st Tyneside Scottish. Served BEF. Taken Prisoner of War - probably on 21/5/1940. Repatriated early due to injury? Transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps 1/2/44, Auth: Part II Order IRO 25/44. Relegated to Class Z Army Reserve 24/5/1946.
Company/Battery HQ Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Drummer in the Pipe Band. "Action" role not yet ascertained.
Joined Brigade 1/9/1939.
Wounded Yes, lost the big toe on his right foot at the time of his capture - which may have lead to his early repatriation. Several men of the 1st Tyneside Scottish sustained leg and foot injuries when they were fired on by machine guns from enemy tanks while trying to take cover on the embankment at Ficheux, so he may have been involved in that engagement.
Prisoner of War Yes, according to family correspondence. Held at Stalag XXI (I) Thorn in Poland. PoW Number not yet ascertained.
Died/Killed in action Research suggests death was registered September 1987, aged 68, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Buried in Dudley Weetslade Cemetery at Cramlington, Northumberland.
Home address 69, Mill Lane, Newcastle. Employed as Head Kennel Lad at Gateshead Greyhound Stadium.
Source table 1TS

Key dates require some confirmation.