Alcock, John

Date of birth:
1918 (Goole/Yorkshire, Verenigd Koninkrijk)
Date of death:
1997
Nationality:
British

Biography

John Alcock joined the Army in the late 1930s, serving in the Coldstream Guards during the Second World War. He was part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) sent to France early in the War and in 1940, he formed part of the rearguard action assisting the retreat from the beaches at Dunkirk. He joined the SAS in 1943 and landed at Taranto with SAS 22 team and in 1944 took part in Operation Pistol in Alsace Lorraine.

He continued to serve 1950s and 1960s when joining the Parachute Regiment. As the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA), RSM Alcock took part in drop at Suez on Op Musketeer. He was eventually awarded a commission as a Lieutenant Quartermaster in 1958, and was appointed Captain in 1961.

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant
Unit:
A Squadron, 2 Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment, Army Air Corps
Awarded on:
May 10th, 1945
Mentioned in Despatches
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant
Unit:
A Squadron, 2 Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment, Army Air Corps
Awarded on:
April 18th, 1945
Action:
For merit during Operation Pistol.
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John Alcock blew up a small German troop train on the 19th of September 1944 when serving with 2 SAS. Two German officers were killed in the explosion. He also shot four or five German soldiers who were attempying to capture him at Koecking in Alsace Lorraine.
Details:
With silver star
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Special Air Service (SAS
Parachutist Badge

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