SEEKINGS, Albert Reginald

Known as: 
Reg
Rank: 
Private (later Warrant Officer 1 (SAS)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Cambridgeshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
5933155
Born: 
Friday, March 19, 1920
Died : 
Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Albert Reginald Seekings 7 Commando and SAS
Albert Reginald Seekings served in No.7 Commando. Due to illness he did not take part in the Crete landings after which he joined 'L' Detachment SAS [1][2].
 
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lance Sergeant, 'L' Detachment SAS, Middle East.
Recommendation
This N.C.O. has taken an important part in ten raids. He has himself destroyed over fifteen aircraft, and by virtue of his accuracy with a Tommy gun at night and through a complete disregard of his personal safety, he has killed at least ten of the enemy. He particularly distinguished himself on the raid at Bernina in June 1942 [2][3].
 
Military Medal
Sergeant, 1st S.A.S. Regiment, Sicily.
Recommendation
During the attack on the Coastal Defence Battery Map Ref. 165268 on Capa Murro di Porco, the advance of No.1 troop was held up by an enemy pill box which was enfilading their position. Sgt. Seekings DCM was in charge of a Sub-Section which came under machine gun fire from the pill box, and also mortar fire from an adjacent enemy post. He appreciated the position and extricating his Sub-Section advanced on the pillbox from a flank. They were again engaged by the pill box, but Sgt. Seekings himself rushed the pill box, and with grenades and finally his revolver, killed the occupants. He then collected his Sub-Section and advanced on and wiped out, the mortar post, thus allowing his Troop to continue their advance. He continued to fight with determination and coolness, and was in the forefront of the final charge which captured the enemy guns [4][5].
 
Mentioned in Despatches
Warrant Officer 1, Army Air Corps.
For gallant and distiguished service in North West Europe [6].
 
Sources
[1]+[Image] His nephew Reg Seekings.
[2] Naval and Military Press / Campaign, Gallantry, and Long Service Medals and Awards.
[3] London Gazette 35799, page 5142.
[4] London Gazette 36251, page 5063.
[5] National Archives file WO373/3/199.
[6] London Gazette 37340, page 5448.
Obituary published in The Independent newspaper 3 May 1999.
 
Notes
His brother also served - see Linked Content below.
 
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