CONNOLLY, John Henry

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

Sergeant John Connolly was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He 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 [1][2][2a].

  • 11 November 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Hampshire Regiment [3]
  • 22 October 1946 promoted Lieutenant, with seniority from 1 February 1945 [4].
  • 1 April 1951 promoted Captain, Army Physical Training Corps [5].
  • 1July 1959 (Captain) (Army Physical Training Corps) relinquishes commission [6].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36486, page 1927 & 36563, page 2856 (errata).
[2] Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/94/484.
[2a] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.
[3] London Gazette 36881, page 262.
[4] London Gazette 37962, page 2302.
[5] London Gazette 39216, page 2446.
[6] London Gazette 41875, page 7445.
 

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