Winter Cyril Godfrey Lt 71438
Name Winter Cyril Godfrey
Army number 71438
Decorations Bronze Star - USA - Gazetted 15/8/1946.
Date of birth 10/7/1908 at Newcastle upon Tyne
Age 62 at the time of his death.
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry - Commissioned as a 2/Lt in the 8th Battalion 21/4/1937. Embodied 24/8/1939. Posted to the 11th Battalion DLI 1/9/39. Attended Military Law Course 11/39. Served B.E.F. Injured while with B.E.F. Evacuated. Posted Brancepeth No 4 I.T.C. 24/8/1940. Posted back to the 11th Battalion DLI 24/9/1940. ? Served Iceland (not seen on copy of Embarkation List so unlikely). Posted 13th Battalion DLI. Attached to the Home Guard as at November 1941, awaiting posting orders - held on the strength of No 4 ITC. Posted to the 17th Battalion DLI. Left 17th Battalion by May 1942. Released from service as Honorary Major 1945. TARO 1/9/1948. Ceased TARO liability on age grounds 20/9/1958.
Company/Battery 11th Battalion - Bn HQ, C Company. 17th Battalion - HQ.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role 11th Battalion - Adjutant 1/9/1939 to 4/4/1940, Company 2i/c, Company Commander. 17th Battalion - Assistant Messing Officer.
Joined Brigade 1/9/1939.
Promotions A/Captain 1/9/1939, W/S Lt 21/4/1940, T/Captain 23/11/1942, A/Major 11/3/1943, W/S Captain and T/Major 11/6/1943.
Wounded Yes - May 1940 in Northern France.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action Death registered September 1970 Hertfordshire.
Home address Educated at Newcastle Modern School and Kingswood. Stockbroker. 48, Larkspur Terrace, Jesmond.
Source table 11DLI
The McGregor Card Index shows Lt Winter as Adjutant to the 8th Battalion at the start of the War but also shows him on the 11th Battalion Nominal Roll as at 1/9/1939 and 5/5/1940. His presence with the Battalion in France as an A/Captain on 5/5/1940 is confirmed by the Weekly Field Return of Officers of that date. The Field Return of Officers shows him as Adjutant of the 11th Bn over that initial period.