1 SAS (B Squadron)
Squadron Sergeant Major
Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre,with Silver Star (Fr)
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit Army Air Corps
former Coldstream Guards
enlisted Coldstream Guards 1937
served in 2 SAS,1 SAS and 2 SAS (A Squadron) again 1944 (SQMS + SSM)
part of the burial party at Moussey
RSM 3 Parachute Regiment 1956 (Suez)
Parachute Regiment (TA),Glasgow 1958
22 S.A.S. 1959-1966
John my fathers career, John Alcock, went like this-
Joined Coldstream Guards at Sheffield 1936
with above at Dunkirk 1940 BEF.
Home to 1943 then Egypt North Africa with Guards joins SAS 1943
N.Africa 1944 SAS
Sicily 1943 then Italy landed at Taranto with SAS 22 team as advnce guard of main landings by paras by boat.
About this time I have a post card he sent to my mother from an American hospital in Sicily-malaria.
1944 back in UK with SAS to Scotland
1944 Operation Pistol in Alsace Lorraine SAS
Home 1944 to 1945 SAS
C.M.F 1945 SAS
Home 1945 SAS
France,Norway,Germany 1945 SAS
Home 1949 Army reserve 21 SAS artist rifles.
Rejoined the Colours Brigade of Guards.
Posted to Jamaica as RSM Guards to organise the trooping of the colour for Churchills visit and later the Queens. He can be seen on a colonial film with Churchill.
RSM 3 Para 1956 Cyprus and Suez drop. November the 5th 1956.
Posted to 16th Scottish TA parachute regiment-Farra Hockley was his CO here.
Re-joins 22 SAS we live on the base at Hereford -he goes to Fort Bragg America with 22 SAS for training - Aden - Malaya - and Boeneo/Sarawak.
Leaves army in 1965/66 Returns to his routes in Yorkshire.
Worked for the East Riding Education Service and finally retired at the age of 65.
Mentioned in Despatches and Awarded the Croixe de Guerre by General Konige of Paris.
Dad knew the following men and visted them in his old age - Harry Vickers, Jack Paley, Jack Rookes and probably others I don't know of. He knew a man called Reg Waddington from Huddersfield. They are all dead now. What a generation.
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