Troop Sergeant Major
Durham Light Infantry
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John Dowling had been with No 3 Commando since 1942. He was a boxer and participated in a boxing tournament gainst No 4 Commando at Winchester, and he is also referred to Storm from the Sea by Brig Peter Young as taking part in the Garrison tournaments whilst the Commando were on Gibraltar in March1943, and later being wounded at Normandy.
Citation whilst a Corporal with 1 troop"On the night of the 13th-14th July 1943 at Agnone, Cpl. Dowling exposed himself fearlessly in the final stages of the invasion of the landing craft while manning a Vickers K Gun. He fired many magazines and accurately directed fire at enemy pill boxes. On arrival at Punte Del Malati with his section, he rushed and captured a pill box being wounded during this assault. He continued to operate cheerfully and efficiently showing fine leadership during the disturbance." Source: London Gazettes Supplement 36217 page 4663.
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