PARSONS, John Farleigh

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Acting Captain John Parsons, 41RM Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Salerno, Italy, on the 17th September 1943 [1].
"On the morning of 17 Sep. 43 after a night attack he was in position on a ridge held by the enemy with only 18 men left out of his troop. Due to his inspiration and personal example this small party held out for three hours against continuous counter attacks in which many casualties were inflicted on the enemy."[2].
  • January 1945 (Acting Captain) serving as G.S.O.3 (S.D & T.) Commando Group [3].
  • 12 January 1963 to 21 September 1964 (Lieutenant Colonel) Commanding Officer 40 Commando RM [4].
  • 1 January 1965 (Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [5].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36324, page 220.
[2] National Archives file WO373/47/141.
[3] Navy Lists Volume 2 Quarterly January 1945. 
[4] The Light Blue Lanyard, author Maj. J.C. Beadle MBE, MC, RM.
[5] London Gazette Supp. 43529, page 5.

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