Allan Roy Chappell
Born 26.10.1917 Hackney,London.
Enlisted 9.10.1939 requesting Royal Engineers. Posted as Sapper (1881793) to 230 (West Riding) Field Company, RE. Served in Norway 1940 (including extensive bridge demolitions with No 1 Section attached to SCISSORFORCE).
10/4/42 posted (Sapper) to 578 Army Field Company, RE (after request for overseas deployment). September 1943 deployed with 578th to Egypt.
27/10/42 posted 1 SAS Regiment (Kabrit, Egypt) as Sapper in HQ Squadron RE Section. February 1943 promoted Corporal (demolitions instructor).
March 1943 RE Section transferred to Raiding Forces H Q establishment (Azzib, Palestine). Cpl Chappell employed as demolitions instructor during SRS and SBS training.
July 1943 Cpl Chappell is attached to Special Raiding Squadron for the Sicilian-Italian campaign. He is one of three engineers tasked with spiking the CD batteries at Capo Murro di Porco during the initial Sicilian landings (Operation HUSKY).
February 1944 Cpl Chappell part of RE Section (HQ Squadron) of the reconstituted 1 SAS Regiment (Darvel, Scotland). Employed as demolitions instructor.
May to August 1944 Cpl Chappell in charge of explosives and demolition supplies at Fairford Transit Camp, Gloucestershire.
16/8/1944 Cpl (A/Sgt) commanded the 1 SAS contingent (all engineers) of Operation TRUEFORM (DZ north of Paris, west of the Seine).
November 1944 Sgt Chappell in charge of RE Section at 1 SAS Hylands Estate HQ, Chelmsford, Essex.
April 1945 Sgt Chappell part of RE party with B Squadron 1SAS in Operation HOWARD (Germany).
Demobbed March 1946.
** Thanks to son David John Chappell Mundy for above information **