SOUTHWORTH, John Charles Hughes

Company Sergeant Major
South Wales Borderers
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Died : 
Friday, February 26, 2010
CSM John Southworth MM 1 Commando

3rd July 1939 Enlisted in the TA South Wales Borderers (The Monmouthshire Regiment). 
28th April 1940 Volunteered for and was posted to No.9 Independent Company; 
10th November 1940 Posted to 'A' Coy., No.1 Special Service Bn., 
4th March 1941 Posted to No.1 Commando 4 troop.

Whilst Lance Sergeant of 4 troop John Southworth was awarded the MM for gallantry during operations at Sedjenane.


On the afternoon of 27th February 1943 Davidson's Troop put in an attack on the steep side of a hill north of the Sedjenane Valley. L/Sgt Southworth was i/c Sub Section of this Troop. The Troop attacked under very heavy MG fire and several times were pinned down. Finally the position was taken by assault and L/Sgt Southworth led his Section in the forefront of the assault. During this action he was severely wounded in the leg and although in great pain he still led his Section forward and urged them on. The assault was successful.The great powers of leadership, courage and devotion to duty displayed by this NCO was largely responsible for the success of the assault.
London Gazettes Supp. 36180, page 4219.
CVA Gallery entry / His daughter Elaine Southworth-Davies.

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