I first read 'The Gateshead Gurkhas, A History Of The 9th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1859-1967' (Harry Moses), many years ago now, but have often wondered if I should post a few lines of a little known or unknown US involvement at the Second Battle of El Alamein. The Medical Officer (MO) attached to the 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry, 151st Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division, was a citizen of the USA serving in the British Army. The 151st Infantry Brigade were one of two brigades that took part in Operation Supercharge, which commenced on 2 November 1942, the action that finally broke the Axis defences at El Alamein and started their rout by the British 8th Army. Unfortunately, Captain Edward Raymond Stone was to lose his life on this date. STONE, EDWARD RAYMOND Rank: Captain Service No: 211095 Date of Death: 02/11/1942 Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 9th Bn. Durham Light Infantry Grave Reference: IX. B. 19. Cemetery: EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Edward Raymond and Margaret Castle Stone; husband of Elmina Bernice Stone, of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. M.D. (Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.). Quotes from The Gateshead Gurkhas: "Pte J Everett... described: We were helping, going out of our dugout, carrying badly wounded [tank and infantry] to our field ambulance...Captain Stone, he was American and he was walking about as if he hadn't a care in the world. I don't think he had a tin hat on and he was just moving about. To me, I've always maintained, if anybody should have been decorated, he should have been. The bravest man I've ever seen. Private Kerens also saw Captain Stone go about his dangerous duties: The American MO and his Sergeant, Bill Ryle from Gateshead were killed by a shell. The MO, Captain Stone, had done wonders for the wounded from a hastily dug trench. When it was suggested that he take some cover he said, 'When is this darn war going to start anyway?' The same shell that killed him also killed his sergeant." RYLE, WILLIAM NEWTON Rank: Serjeant Service No: 4450815 Date of Death: 02/11/1942 Age: 22 Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry 9th Bn. Panel Reference: Column 67. Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL Additional Information: Son of William and Laura Ryle, of Gateshead, Co. Durham.