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Easton, Jack Maynard Cholmondeley

    Date of birth:
    May 28th, 1906 (Maidenhead district/Berkshire, Great Britain)
    Date of death:
    November 29th, 1994 (Chichester/Sussex, Great Britain)
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Jack Easton served with H.M.S. Vernon and later with MMS 6 (M/S), MMS 62 (M/S) and Commanding officer MMS 22 (M/S).

    Promotions:
    ?: Probationary Temporary Sub-Lieutenant;
    ?: 1st Lieutenant.

    Career:
    1939: Enlistment Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves;
    1940: Land Disposal Section H.M.S. Vernon;
    June 23rd, 1942: Motor Minesweeper H.M.S. MMS 6;
    August 7th, 1942: Motor Minesweeper H.M.S. MMS 66;
    February 15th, 1943: Commanding Officer Motor Minesweeper H.M.S. MMS 22;
    1945: William Easton and Sons, London.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Probationary Temporary Sub-Lieutenant
    Unit:
    Enemy Mines Section, H.M.S. Vernon, Royal Navy
    Awarded on:
    January 23rd, 1941
    Action:
    Received his award for dismantling a mine in Hoxton, East End in London on 17 October 1940.
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    "Easton, with his assistant Bennett Southwell attempted to defuse a mine suspended inside a damaged house. When the fusing engaged, the two men evacuated the house, but were caught by the explosion. Easton was seriously wounded, and Southwell killed."
    George Cross

    Sources

    • Photo: George Cross Database
    • - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 21st January 1941, Issue 35051, dated 23rd January 1941
      - Unit Histories
      - Easton, J. M. C. Wavy Navy anthology London Harrap 1950 pp48-56

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