HUMBLE, William McLean
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Sergeant William Humble served in 5 troop of No 2 Commando.
Citation for the Military Medal:
Gulf of Salerno 13th September 1943
On September 9th on the Salerno Road, Pte Humble engaged at 100yds an advancing Mk111 Special enemy tank which was shelling the house from which Pte Humble was sniping.
On the 13th September 1943 on the Dragone Hill when the Section had been outflanked, Pte Humble together with another soldierwent forward under heavy machine gun fire with all the hand-grenades he could collect, and drove the enemy off the forward ridge. Pte Humble was also seen to kill a machine gun crew of three single handed in close hand to hand fighting.
Throughout the operations 9th-18th September Pte Humble was an inspiration to all he came in contact with, always showing coolness and determinationto get to close grips with the enemy. (Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36327, page 258.)
Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Italy. (Source: London Gazettes 37310 , page 5103. )
Post war Bill served with the Colonial Police in Malaya and Borneo. He was Asst. Superintendent at Police HQ , Bluff Rd, Kuala Lumpur in 1953. He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal for his gallantry when unearthing an underground terrorist hideout near Kuala Lumpur during which he was wounded. (Source: CA Newsletters 16 of March 1953 +18 of March 1954.)
In March 1966 he was serving as Superintendent, Police HQ, Special Branch, Brunei. (Source: CA Newsletter 42 March 1966.)
Bill later returned to the UK settling in Edinburgh. In the following years he owned a hotel in Peebles and then a Care Home in Edinburgh. He also owned a horse which he aptly named 'Spean Brig'. Bill was elected Chairman of the Edinburgh Branch of the Commando Association in 1990.
Bill's death was announced in the Obituaries section of Commando Association Newsletter 109 of Sept. 1999.
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