Cantlay James Alexander 2/Lt 138526

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Name Cantlay James Alexander
Army number 138526
Rank 2/Lt
Date of birth 1918 in Ceylon (some records indicate he was born in Egypt).
Age 24 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders and served in the ranks. Joined The Durham Light Infantry - granted an Emergency Commission as a 2/Lt 4/7/1940. Posted to No 4 I.T.C. Brancepeth 6/7/1940. Posted 11th Bn DLI 9/7/1940. Served Iceland. Posted No 4 I.T.C. 1/12/1941. Sick leave. Posted 10th Bn DLI 4/5/1942 - left Battalion June 1942 for service in the Middle East. Posted 8th Bn DLI. KILLED in ACTION with 8th Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Company/Battery D Company. A Company. E Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Platoon Commander.
Joined Brigade 09-Jul-40.
Promotions W/S Lt 4/1/1942.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action Killed in action 02-Nov-42 in Egypt.
Home address Resident of Bristol. Son of Alexander White Cantlay and Muriel Cantlay of "Dunsinane", Pundaluoya, Ceylon; husband of Barbara Mary Cantlay (nee Brown - married 6/7/1940 at St Mary's, Stoke Bishop), of Stoke Bishop, Bristol. Commemorated Column 67 Alamein Memorial.
Source table 10DLI