V FORCE Gebhard, John Leslie

John Robertson

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Gebhard
  • FORENAME
John Leslie
  • UNIT
V Force
  • RANK
T/Major
  • NUMBER
109032
  • AWARD
Military Cross
  • PLACE
Burma 1944-45
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit Royal Warwickshire Regiment
born 12.7.1915 Natal,South Africa
son of Norman and Florence (nee Bowen) Gebhard
parents divorced and he returned to UK with his mother 1923
resided Edgbaston,Birmingham
preparatory school,Malvern and public school,Bromsgrove
sub-editor,Continental Daily Mail,Paris
graduated St John's College,Cambridge 1936-38
articled clerk,Parson Lee and Company (solicitors) 1938
Honourable Artillery Company
Cadet,162 OCTU
commissioned 15.12.1939 2/Lt Royal Warwickshire Regiment
5/16 Punjab Regiment,Indian Army 1942
V Force 1944-45changed his surname to Bowen 1947
solicitor
Legal Civil Servant,Customs and Excise (awarded OBE)
M.O.D. Legal Advisor to Joint Services Liaison Organisation) 1970
retired to Dorset 1977
author of Undercover in the Jungle (1978)
married Elaine Winbolt Lewis 1941 (3 sons)
died 2000 Salisbury,Wiltshire
 
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