King John Sadgrove L'Ecuyer Pte 14408917

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Mr John King, October 2014
Mr John King, October 2014

Name King John Sadgrove L'Ecuyer
Army number 14408917
Rank Pte
Date of birth 4/10/1924
Age 0
Unit Volunteered at age 18 in 1942, Enlisted at York into General Service Corps, Basic training at Queen's Barracks, Perth, Battle training at Kinfauns Castle - part of Demonstration Platoon, Trf Black Watch January 1943, Posted 1 TS - stationed at Velindre, Normandy, Rauray, Posted 5th Bn Black Watch August 1944 on disbandment of 1 TS, Trf Gordon Highlanders 5/9/45, Auth: Part II Order 5/117/45, GORHrs Book 358/14/211, (Book missing) Posted 2nd Bn Gordons. En route for Far East 1945 and diverted to Algiers - part of 6th Airborne Division. War Office Selection Board, Cairo. Posted back to UK for OCTU at Alton Towers. Commissioned in Gordon Highlanders 30/11/1946 as number 373428. Training at Retford Barracks, Edinburgh. Discharged 1947.
Company/Battery 1 TS - D Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit 16 and 17 Platoons.
Task or role 1 TS - Rifleman, Platoon HQ - 2" Mortarman, 5th Black Watch - Section Commander, 2nd Gordons - Platoon Sergeant.
Joined Brigade January 1943 at Velindre.
Promotions L/Corporal just before landing in Normandy, Corporal, Sergeant on joining 2nd Gordons, 2/Lt on being Commissioned 30/11/1946. W/S Lt 30/11/1946.
Wounded Hospitalised with damaged feet 1944 - missed Mezidon-Canon battle, Wounded 1945 at Gennep with 5th Black Watch. Hospitalised at Le Havre.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action
Home address Felixkirk Vicarage, Thirsk. Father was Vicar. Married. Surviving Veteran as at 17th October 2014.
Source table 1TS

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