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Selwyn, John Jasper

Date of birth:
August 11th, 1918
Date of death:
May 21st, 1997
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Service number 75243.

Promotions:
January 1st, 1941: 1st Lieutenant
July 1st, 1946: Captain
August 25th, 1951: Major
August 10th, 1959: retirement

Post WW2 decorations:
October 30th, 1953: MiD for Malaya

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
I3th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own), Royal Armoured Corps (Henley-on-Thames) (I3th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own), Royal Armoured Corps (Henley-on-Thames))
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1942
Action:
Recommendation:
"He distinguished himself troughout the day by his coolness and determiniation to carry out his orders to engage the enemy, though no more than a handful of his Troop reached the shore. His personal intervention under hot fire saved Tpr. Abbott from being lost during the withdrawal when he was exhausted and clinging to the lifelines; this also enabled th L.C.P. to proceed.
Trhoughout the action Captain Selwyn acted with great gallantry and complete disregard of dangers. He was an inspiration to all concerned."
Military Cross (MC)

Sources

  • - Copy of the original recommendation signed by Brigadier Robert Laycock - Stiwot Archive
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35729 published on the 2 October 1942
    - The Geneolofy of the Selwyn and related families
    - Photo identification of campaign medals