Unit / Base:
East Surrey Regiment
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Lance Corporal John Skerry received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
Operation Jubilee, Dieppe Area, 19th August 1942
Thanks to the initiative of L/Cpl. Skerry the sixth German Heavy Gun was found at a distance from the main battery position. L/Cpl. Skerry, who was carrying demolition charges in his rucksack, blew the muzzle and breach-block off the gun without assistance, and subsequently made his own way back to the beach. This gun would probably have been overlooked if the N.C.O. had not shown initiative. [Recommneded by Lord Lovat].
London Gazette 35729, page 4328.
National Archives file WO373/93/854.
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