PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Alcock, John (Service number: 2657449 (NCO)/455726 (Officer))
Date of birth: 1918
Date of death:  1997
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Squadron Sergeant Major. 2 SAS Regiment

British |
John Alcock joined the Army in the late 1930s, serving in the Coldstream Guards during the Second World War. He was part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) sent to France early in the War and in 1940, he formed part of the rearguard action assisting the retreat from the beaches at Dunkirk.
He joined the SAS in 1943 and landed at Taranto with SAS 22 team
and in 1944 took part in Operation Pistol in Alsace Lorraine
He continued John Alcock to serve 1950s and 1960s when joining the Parachute Regiment.
As the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA), RSM Alcock took part in drop at Suez on Op Musketeer. He was eventually awarded a commission as a Lieutenant Quartermaster in 1958, and was appointed Captain in 1961.
     
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
Rank: Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant
Unit: Army Air Corps
Awarded on: May 10th, 1945
 
     
CROIX DE GUERRE (1939-1945)
Awarded on: 1945
Action: For merit during Operation Pistol.
Details: With silver star
 
     
1939-1945 STAR
 
     
WAR MEDAL 1939-1945
 
     
DEFENCE MEDAL 1939-1945
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Special Forces Roll of Honor
- https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37072/supplement/2464/data.pdf
- ParaData | A living history of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces
Information source(s):   - Special Forces Roll of Honor
- https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37072/supplement/2464/data.pdf
- ParaData | A living history of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces
- Graham Alcock
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