109066 Major John Michael NORTH, Manchester Regiment attd. 5 East Yorkshire Regiment: 17/03/1943

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  1. CL1

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    NORTH, JOHN MICHAEL

    Rank: Major
    Service No: 109066
    Date of Death: 17/03/1943
    Age: 28
    Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment attd. 5th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
    Cemetery: SFAX WAR CEMETERY
    Grave Reference: VI. E. 9.
    Location: Tunisia
    Additional Information: Son of John Garrett North and Violet Norah North; husband of Helen Mary North, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
    Personal Inscription: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
     
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  2. Steve Mac

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    Major North was killed at the start of Operation Pugilist. He was the Adjutant, 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment.

    The 69th Infantry Brigade (5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment, 6th & 7th Bns Green Howards) were tasked with clearing/capturing Mareth Line outposts in preparation for the main assault on the Mareth Line by the 151st Infantry Brigade (6th, 8th & 9th Bns Durham Light Infantry). A 'thug patrol' from the 6th Bn Green Howards captured a position called FREDA (map reference 6307) and the 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment followed through and established themselves North/North West of FREDA. However, a minefield was encountered South East of FREDA and this resulted in several casualties. Major North was killed here.

    He is remembered on the Southend-on-Sea County Borough War Memorial: http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Essex/SouthendOnSeaCountyBoroughIndexWW2-N.htm
     
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