Name:  Hackett, John Winthrop "Shan" (Service number: 52752)
Date of birth: November 5th, 1910 (Perth/West-AustraliŽ, AustraliŽ)
Date of death:  September 9th, 1997
Nationality:  British
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Rank: Temporary Captain
Unit: Royal Armoured Corps (Hussars), Trans Jordan Frontier Force
Awarded on: October 21st, 1941
Action: Citation:
"In recongnition of gallant en distinguished services in the Middle-East."
Rank: Temporary Captain
Awarded on: August 13th, 1942
Action: Citation:
"In recongnition of gallant en distinguished services in the Middle-East."
Rank: Temporary Brigadier
Unit: Royal Armoured Corps, British Army
Awarded on: August 24th, 1944
Action: Citation:
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
Rank: Brigadier
Unit: 4th Parachute Brigade, 1st Airborne Division, British Army
Awarded on: May 24th, 1945
Awarded for: Operation Market Garden
Action: Citation:
"At Arnhem from the 18th September until he was wounded this officer was continuously in close action with the enemy.
On the 19th September, his Brigade, which was engaged North of Arnhem railway met considerable enemy opposition. Despite innumerable difficulties he disengaged his Brigade and moved South of the railway to rejoin the remainder of the Division. During this disengagement and whilst moving through the woods to the West of Arnhem his Brigade became very heavily involved with strong enemy parties of infantry and tanks and a general melee ensued. Brigadier Hackett, by his personal example and leadership managed to extract a number of the Brigade and in spite of intense enemy fire brought them to within the Divisional Perimeter.
On the 21st September he took command of a sector of the perimeter which was made of many different units. Brigadier Hackett was tireless and quite oblivious to enemy fire when visiting his posts. Although almost continually assailed, the excellence of his arrangements was such that his sector of the perimeter was maintained. Until he was severely wounded on the 24th September, Brigadier Hackett showed inspiring leadership.
He was evacuated to hospital which was then in Germany hands. When he was about to be sent in to Germany, Brigadier Hackett, although he was not fit to move, managed to leave the hospital and took refuge with Dutch civilians. He remained in hiding until he was sufficiently recovered from his wounds and until arrangements could be made for him to rejoin our own troops South of the River Rhine.
The determination shown by this officer in the fighting and during the subsequent period in hiding was quite outstanding."
Details: This award was obtained in the form of an bar to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Rank: Brigadier
Unit: 4th Parachute Brigade, 1st Airborne Division, British Army
Awarded on: September 20th, 1945
Action: Citation:
"After being wounded during fighting at Oosterbeek on 24th September 1944, Brigadier Hackett was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Arnhem, where an operation was performed the same evening. At this time the hospital was controlled by the Germans, and with a view to facilitating escape on his recovery, Brigadier Hackett got himself registered as a Major. Only three days after his operation he began collecting clothing and other escape aids. On 8th October 1944, although he was still very weak, Brigadier Hackett was evacuated by a member of the Dutch Underground to Ede. Whilst he was convalescing, Brigadier Hackett contributed to an Underground newspaper weekly notes on the military situation which he compiled from information received over the wireless; this activity ceased in December 44 when many Dutch workers were arrested. Several plans were made to get Brigadier Hackett through the lines, and he exercised daily in preparation for this event but it was not until the end of January 1945 that the journey was begun. He finally reached safety on 5th February 1945, after a strenuous journey by cycle and canoe."
Details: Wth palm for Mentioned in Despatches Clasp 'Palestine'
1939-1945 STAR
WAR MEDAL 1939-1945

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Picture source:   - The Pegasus Archive
Information source(s):   - Third Supplement to The London Gazette, Friday 17th October 1941, Issue 35316, dated 21st October 1941
- Supplement to The London Gazette, Tuesday 11th August 1942, Issue 35665, dated 13th August 1942
- Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36668 published on the 22 August 1944
- Supplement to The London Gazette, Tuesday 22nd May 1945, Issue 37091, dated 24th May 1945
- Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37274 published on the 18 September 1945
- The Battle of Arnhem Archive
- - Battle of Arnhem
- Notable Persons
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