King John Sadgrove L'Ecuyer Pte 14408917

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Personnel Entry

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

Name King John Sadgrove L'Ecuyer
Army number 14408917 and 373428.
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, Transferred to the Black Watch January 1943. Posted 1st Tyneside Scottish - then stationed at Velindre. Served Normandy. Took part in the Battle for the Defence of Rauray. Posted to the 5th Battalion Black Watch 26th August 1944 on the disbandment of 1st Tyneside Scottish. Transferred to the 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. Attended 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 recruits at Retford Barracks, Edinburgh, alongside 2/Lt Tom Renouf. 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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