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Born: 3rd February 1910, Ipswich.
Died: 26th May 1941; age 31.
Served in Palestine in 1940.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 6008889.
Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Special Memorial ‘C’ 10.A.13.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Hannah M. Markham, of Ipswich.
1911 10, Victoria Street, Ipswich.
John was a year old and living with his parents & step siblings.
William Markham, 55, a Gardener – Jobbing – own account, born Sproughton, Suffolk.
Hannah Maria Mortimer (nee Bull), 34, a widow, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Annie Florence Mortimer, 12, born Ipswich.
Thomas Frederick Mortimer, 10, born Ipswich.
Edith Elsie May Mortimer, 9, born Ipswich.
William Ernest Charles Mortimer, 8, born Ipswich.
Alfred Elijah Mortimer, 4, born Ipswich.
Leicestershire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
May 1941, Germany began an airborne invasion of Crete, the Germans had suffered heavy casualties but overwhelm the defensive positions on the north of the island. Allied forces withdrew to the south coast. More than half were evacuated by the British Royal Navy and the remainder surrendered or joined the Cretan resistance. It is estimated that 3,579 British and commonwealth troops were killed and 12,254 were captured.
September 1939: The Battalion at the outbreak of war was in Palestine, and engaged in the Arab rebellion. It was formed part of the 16th Infantry Brigade of which it stayed with throughout the war (apart from Crete).
September 1940: It moved to the Western Desert
December 1940: It took part in the “push” of Wavell’s 30,000.
10 December 1940: It was engaged at Sidi Barrani and shortly after again at Bardia, advancing through Buq Buq and Solhuh.
April 1941: Engaged the German advance at Mersa Matruh.
20 May 1941: It took part in the Battle of Crete which lasted for 10 days.