Neill George Albert William Captain 58433

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Name Neill George Albert William.
Army number 58433.
Rank Captain.
Decorations O.B.E., Order of St John, 39-45 Campaign Star, Africa Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, QE II Coronation Medal, KG VI Territorial Efficiency Medal and four bars 1947.
Date of birth 22/2/1910.
Age 86 at the time of his death.
Unit Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps - gazetted 7/3/1933. Posted 33rd Field Hygiene Section January 1940 and took up post 30/1/1940. Served with the B.E.F. in France. Evacuated - via Dunkirk on H.M. Transport (T.S.S.) Canterbury [1]. Reported to Launceston, Cornwall until 6/10/1940. Departed Glasgow on H.M.T. K4. Ship attacked by aircraft 9/10/1940 and returned for repairs. Moved to Oswestry. Departed LIverpool on H.M.T. J4 (Tamaroa) 15/12/1940 [2]. Attacked by German Cruiser Admiral Hipper [3] 25/12/1940 but proceeded to Freetown - Sierra Leone - January 1941, then on to Durban - arriving Suez 16/2/1941. Relinquished command of Unit 25/2/1941. Posted 81 Base Sub Area, North Africa with effect from 25/2/1941 as Deputy Assistant Director of Health. Served Crete. Reported Missing 28/4/1941. Confirmed as having been taken Prisoner of War 23/8/1941.
Company/Battery 33rd Field Hygiene Section.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Officer Commanding.
Joined Brigade
Promotions Captain - mentioned as such in Gazette, dated 18/6/1937, but promotion entry not apparently published. Acting Major 31/1/1940. Lieutenant Colonel.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Yes - captured on Crete. Held in Stalags XVIII and 383. P.o.W. Number 1021.
Died/Killed in action Died October 1996, at Barnsley.
Home address Married Edith E. Cromb at Horncastle in July 1938. Registered Q3 1938 - Lincolnshire. Lived at 2, Wellfield Road, Barnsley until his death in 1996.
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Grateful thanks are due to Lt Col Neill's great nephew for much of the information on this Page.