SPEIGHT, James Robert

Known as: 
Jim
Rank: 
Lance Corporal (Corporal)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Armoured Corps
West Yorkshire Regiment, 7th (Leeds Rifles) Battalion
Service: 
Army
Number: 
4537686
P.O.W. number: 
226386
James Robert Speight 6 Commando

James Robert Speight from Leeds was reported as missing on 26 February 1943 during operations in North Africa (Battle for Steamroller Farm). Later found to be a prisoner of war. On 13 April 1945 he escaped from a working party and reached allied lines. He was a member of the No.6 Commando Boxing Team and post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/60 and WO417/93.
Prisoners of War / National Archive files WO392/1.
Report in the Yorkshire Post 3rd May 1945.
Forum message titled  Cpl. James Robert (Jim) Speight.
CVA Gallery image of the 6 Cdo Boxing team 1942. 
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 56 issued March 1973.
[Image] His son Robert Speight.
 
Notes
Rank of Lance Corporal shown in all PoW and Casualty Record entries. CA Newsletter shows Corporal.
 

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