53935 Major Guy William Going THRELFALL, MC, MiD, 8 King's Royal Irish Hussars: 25/07/1944

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    Personal Number: 53935
    Rank: Major
    Name: Guy William Going THRELFALL, MC, MiD
    Unit: 8 King's Royal Irish Hussars

    London Gazette : 18 October 1932
    8th H.—
    Gentleman Cadet Guy William Going Threlfall, from the R. Mil. Coll., to be 2nd Lt. 9th Sept. 1932.

    London Gazette : 8 July 1941
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned for distinguished services in the Middle East during the period December, 1940, to February, 1941: —
    Threlfall, Capt. G. W. G. (53935).

    London Gazette : 9 September 1942
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period November, 1941 to April, 1942:—
    The Military Cross.
    Captain (temporary Major) Guy William Going Threlfall (53935), 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps (Shrewsbury, Shropshire).
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    Service Number: 53935
    Regiment & Unit: "A" Sqn. 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps

    Date of Death: 25 July 1944
    Age 32 years old
    Buried or commemorated at RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
    Grave Reference: IV. F. 13.
    Location: France
    Awards: Military Cross
    Additional Info: Son of Maj. C. M. Threlfall, (formerly 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, R.A.C.) and Mrs. Threlfall; husband of Margaret Coleman Threlfall (nee Spinks), of Camberley, Surrey.
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    • Guy William Going, Threlfall M.C. 1912 - 1944;
      Born on the 6th of April 1912, at Whixley, Yorkshire. Registered at Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire West Riding.
      Educated as a Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College Sandhurst.
      Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, on the 9th of September 1932. Published in the London Gazette on the 18th of October 1932. Issue 33874, Page 6556.
      Promoted to Lieutenant 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, on the 9th of September 1935. Published in the London Gazette on the 10th of September 1935. Issue 34197, Page 5741.
      In 1938 the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars were transferred as Light Cavalry Brigade of the Mobile Division, (The Matruh Mobile Force) which later became the 7th Armoured Division, nicknamed The Desert Rats. Light tanks were issued in January 1939 as the regiment transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps.
      Posted to Egypt, August 1939.
      In August 1939 the regiment was sent into the desert to prepare positions at the Mersa Matruh Line. As part of the preparations petrol dumps were created by burying supplies in the sand with a piece of wood indicating the burial site and marking the position on maps.
      Death of Brother Charles Reginald Morris Threlfall, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed In Action on the 31st of May 1940 near Dunkirk.
      In June 1940 the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars begun offensive actions against the Italian Army. Sidi Omar, Libya was captured immediately and Fort Capuzzo three days later, followed by Fort Maddalena, taking 220 prisoners.
      Promoted to Captain Service No: 53935, 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, on the 9th of September 1940. Published in the London Gazette on the 10th of September 1940. Supplement 34944, Page 5471.
      On the 22nd of October 1940, supporting the 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders an attack was made against Maktila and by the 11th of December had retaken the port of Sidi Barrani capturing 14,000 Italian prisoners. By late on the 12th of December, the only Italian positions left in Egypt were at the approaches to Sollum and the vicinity of Sidi Omar. The British took 38,300 prisoners for a loss of 624 men and prolonged the five-day raid on Italian positions in Egypt, eventually capturing Cyrenaica and most of the Italian 10th Army. On the 5th of January 1941 the regiment captured and occupied El Adem airfield and by the 8th of January 1942 were part of the forces surrounding Tobruk, Libya. In February 1941 they were involved in the decisive Battle of Beda Fomm, which lead to the capture of most of the Italian forces in North Africa at the time.
      Posted to Greece, March 1941. Dispatched to Greece as part of General Maitland Wilson's unsuccessful attempt at stopping the German invasion in April 1941.
      Evacuated to Egypt on the 29th of April 1941. The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars returned to refit at Mena, Cairo in time for St Patrick's Day.
      In July 1941 the 8th Hussars, now in Stuart tanks known as 'Honeys', were part of the 4th Armoured Brigade for Operation Crusader. During the three-day Battle of Sidi Rezegh Airfield, the regiment had formed a box leaguer for the night-time lull in fighting with the rest of the brigade on the 22nd of November (with neither side having night vision aids, battle normally ceased at dusk). The leaguer was discovered by the 15th Panzer Division during the night and in the ensuing engagement left the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars with just four Stuart Tanks fit for battle; 35 having been captured or destroyed.
      The regiment was issued 32 new Stuarts at Cairo and, under the command of Major Sandbach the regiment returned to the battle. On the 1st of December 1941, to assist ANZAC forces the regiment charged "cavalry style" again at Sidi Rezegh and although the action was successful, Major Sandbach was killed. Command then fell to Major Phillips. After a re-fit and influx of recruits at Beni Yusef the 8th Hussars were temporarily converted to armoured cars but before seeing action in them were issued with new tanks. A & B Squadrons with the General Grant and C Squadron in Stuarts, all under the command of Lt Col Gerald "Smash" Kilkelly.
      Appointed Temporary Major 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, on the 19th of February 1942.
      Once again part of the 4th Armoured Brigade with which it served during the Gazala battles of May and June 1942, suffering heavy losses at the Battle of Knightsbridge in which Major Hackett was severely burnt and Colonel Kilkelly captured, and also battles at Bardia and Bir Hacheim. The 8th fought hard as a composite unit with the 4th City of London Yeomanry, casualties having reduced the size of both regiments, before having to withdraw with the rest of the British Eighth Army to El Alamein, Egypt. In June, the remnants of the regiment under command of Lieutenant Colonel "Cuthie" Goulbourn detached one squadron to their future partners the 4th Queen's Own Hussars to form a temporary regiment called the 4th/8th Hussars. The brigade, including the 8th and the 4th/8th faced the massive enemy onslaught at Alam Halfa (31st of August until 7th September), defeating the enemy and stopping Rommel last offensive in Egypt.
      Awarded the Military Cross for gallant service in Egypt and Libya. Published in the London Gazette on the 9th of September 1942. Supplement 35697, Page 3948.
      The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars helped breach the minefields at the Second Battle of El Alamein from October to November 1942, and then joined the pursuit of the retreating Afrika Corps, for three weeks. The regiment then enjoyed a short tour in Cyprus before returning to England.
      Posted to Cyprus, embarking at Port Said, Egypt on the 20th of December 1942, disembarking at Cyprus on the 27th of December.
      On the 2nd of December 1942 the regiment was ordered to Cyprus and it received one squadron of the 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars to enable them to reform ‘B’ Squadron on the 11th of December.
      The served on Cyprus from the 27th of December 1942 until the 20th of June 1943. It was attached to 20th Indian Infantry Brigade on Cyprus from April to June. On the 23rd of June it arrived in Beruit.
      Posted to England, unknown date.
      On their return from North Africa the regiment was re-equipped with Cromwell tanks and retrained at West Tofts Camp near Thetford in Norfolk. In November 1943 the regiment became the Armoured Reconnaissance regiment of the 7th Armoured Division.
      Guy was now A Squadron Officer Commanding.
      On the 9th of June 1944, the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars were aboard a convoy leaving Bumper Quay in Gosport at 11am, bound for the Normandy beaches. Having been delayed several days by bad weather, they landed at Le Hamel on Gold Beach and leaguered up at Sommervieu near Bayeux. Going into action almost immediately they began taking casualties at Granville Crossroads, Livry in the fighting around Villers-Bocage. From the 11th until the 30th June the 8th were involved in the advance through the Bocage with the 22nd Armoured Brigade. They were involved in action against the 2nd Panzer Division, with the 8th leading their division out of the bridgehead. On the 30th of June 1944, they handed over their positions to tanks from the US 2nd Armored Division and withdrew for a rest and a refit of the tanks. They also fought heavily around Briquessard and took a full part in Operation Goodwood and a number of other smaller engagements.
      Killed In Action on the 25th of July 1944, aged 32.
      Buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Ranville, Germany.
      Grave Reference: IV. F. 13.
      Remembered on the Ruyton-XI-Towns War Memorial, Ruyton-XI-Towns, Shropshire."

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