CONNOLLY, John Henry

Rank: 
Corporal (acting Sergeant)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Hampshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
5500110 & 335137
Honours & Awards: 

Sergeant John Connolly was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Field [1].

The citation records that Sgt. Connolly had been captured at Bizerta on the 15 December 1942 and taken via Palermo to Campo 70 at Monturano, Italy.  He and 2 other NCO's escaped on 12 July 1943, and made their way towards Switzerland , However after walking 120 miles they were recaptured on 22 July 943, returned to the Camp, and "beaten up."  Sgt. Connolly later escaped again and met with British forces on 22 December 1943 [2].

Selected for officer training he received his Commission as 2/Lieutenant on the 11th November 1944 [3].  He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 22nd October 1946, with seniority from the 1st February  February 1945 [4].

Sources
 
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36486, page 1927 & Supp. 36563, page 2856 (errata).
[2] National Archives file WO 373/94/484.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 36881, page 262.
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 37962, page 2302.
 

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