HUMBLE, William McLean

Known as: 
Bill
Rank: 
Lance Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
2 Commando
Police Service: 
Metropolitan Police
Regiment/Corps: 
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Number: 
2940188
Born: 
Friday, November 23, 1917
Lance Sergeant William Humble, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal and also received a Mention in Despatches, both during operations in Italy [1][1a].
Recommendation
"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." [2].

Bill Humble was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable serving at Shooters Hill Police Station in London [3][3a].
Post war he served with the Colonial Police in Malaya and Borneo. He was Assistant Superintendent at Police HQ , Bluff Rd, Kuala Lumpur in 1953, and was awarded the Colonial Police Medal for his gallantry when unearthing an underground terrorist hideout near Kuala Lumpur during which he was wounded [4].
In March 1966 he was serving as Superintendent, Police HQ, Special Branch, Brunei [5].
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 [6].
His death was announced in the Obituaries section of Commando Association Newsletter 109 of Sept. 1999.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36327, page 258.
[1a] London Gazette 37310, 5103.
[2] Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/4/192.
[3] Notebook of LSgt Joe Rogers MM 5 Troop.
[3a] The 1939 Register covering Woolwich.
[4] Commando Association Newsletters 16 of March 1953 +18 of March 1954.
[5] Commando Association Newsletter 42 March 1966.
[6] Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM.
[Image] From reunion image in the No.2 Commando gallery.
 

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