Waistell William Hugh Capt 71199
Name Waistell William Hugh
Army number 71199
Decorations Awarded the General Service Medal with the Palestine Clasp for service in an operational area between 1945 and 1948.
Date of birth 30/4/1917 at Epsom, Surrey.
Age 91 at the time of his death.
Unit Cadet - Royal Military Academy. Joined The Durham Light Infantry - Commissioned as a 2/Lt 28/1/1937 and posted to the 1st Battalion DLI overseas (China?). Disembarked in UK from 1st Battalion 11/10/1939. Posted to No 4 I.T.C. Brancepeth. Attached to the HQ of 42nd Division 22/10/1939. Attached to the 11th Battalion DLI 27/10/1939. Served B.E.F. Posted to the 11th Battalion DLI as Acting Captain 24/9/1940. Served Iceland. Posted to 166 OCTU, Douglas, Isle of Man as Instructor 25/3/1943. Attached to the Leicestershire Regiment and posted to the 1st Battalion. Served Normandy? Posted to Headquarters, 6th Air Landing Brigade - served Palestine 27/9/1945 to 13/2/1946. Retired as Major 12/8/1958. Ceased RARO liability 30/4/1967.
Company/Battery 11th Battalion - B Company, HQ Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Officer Commanding the Company.
Joined Brigade 27/10/1939.
Promotions Captain 28/1/1945, W/S Captain and T/Major 15/4/1945, Major 28/1/1950.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Died 16/5/2008 at Kingsbridge, Devon. Obituary notice click here
Home address Educated Pangbourne.
Source table 11DLI
The Imperial War Museum holds a lengthy account of Major Waistell's service and access to a summary of this document can be found here:- https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030044335
Many thanks are due to researcher David Page for supplying this link.