GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

Rank: 
Private
Regiment/Corps: 
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
2929834
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Saturday, March 28, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
21
Operations: 
Operation Roll of Honour: 
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
Recommendation
"Pte. Gwynne proved himself to be a courageous and determined soldier. His disregard for personal danger in the attack and his efforts to destroy enemy gun positions mounted in the roof of the Pumping station were outstanding.
Later in the street fighting, although wounded, he continued showing a fine example until, when ammunition was exhausted and very weak through loss of blood, he was taken prisoner.
Later in the action this soldier gave his life in a brave and determined effort to escape his captors and rejoin his fighting comrades." [3].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazettte 37162, page 3494.
[3] National Archives file WO373/46/298.
St Nazaire Society website
 
Primary Roll of Honour: 
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
Yes

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