Sergeant John Ernest Leech


Unit : No.3 Commando

Service No. : 5948937

Awards : Military Medal and Bar


On Queen Red beach on 6th June 1944 Sergeant Leech's Section Officer was wounded and he immediately took command and re-organized. Casualties had occurred in the boat.


During the counter attack on Le Plein woods on the morning of 8th June 1944, he led the section with great distinction, and he himself killed several of the enemy, and his section took numerous prisoners. Although wounded he continued to lead the section until the operation was successfully completed.


He displayed great powers of leadership, military knowledge and courage of the highest order.


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