Alick Theobald
Thu Oct 01 2020 
Kentish Towns
tunbridge wells town
tunbridge wells town
What did you do in the war Dad ?
Alick Thomas Theobald 1923 to 1990
No: 14275781
Rank: Trooper
Regiment: 15th Reconnaissance

Wounded in action in Normandy on the route de Andelys along the River Seine. Led by Lieutenant Dalton being fired at from cliffs above.
A grenade landed on the armoured vehicle he was driving and blew back into his face taking his eye and part of his forehead exposing his brain. He fell wounded from the truck and was shot from behind by the enemy. Covered in Shrapnel wounds and his face badly blown away he was rescued by Sgt T. Craig. Trooper Ellis was mortally wounded. Sgt Craig was awarded The Military Medal for his bravery, destroying enemy machine guns posts and leaving his own vehicle under fire to evacuate the wounded
Alick Thomas Theobald - Regiment: 15th Reconnaissance
crew of the leading car which Alick Theobald was driving. He was flown back to England and taken to Bath hospital and operated in East Grinstead hospital, Sussex. He received a letter written on the battlefield from Lieutenant Dalton telling him of their next moves and what happened after he was injured.
The telegram received by his mother and father
The telegram received by his mother and father or to hired at Page Croft, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent. Stated that “your son is seriously ill in The Royal United Hospital. Bath with compound fracture of the skull and gun shot wounds to his legs and arms, he was placed onthe dangerously ill list on 25th August 1944. He recovered but lost the sight of one eye and was declared 80% unable. After several breakdowns he eventually came through and married Ruby Staplehurst and had three children.
His war wounds eventually caught up with him and he became frail and childlike by the age of 63 and died aged 67 of a brain abscess. It would be interesting to know if anyone reading this knows anything of Sgt Craig and Lieu Dalton or Knew Alick Theobald at this time.

A Book passage about the incident: “The Scottish Lion on Patrol” by Cpt W Kemsley and Cpt M.R. Riesco.…..Lieut Dalton’s Troop found that the riverside road to Les Andelys was dominated by enemy positions on the cliffs above it and defended by anti-tank weapons. The Germans could fire down into the cars, and Trooper N.P. Ellis was mortally wounded at his post in the turret of one of them. It was on this road that Sgt T. Craig won the Military Medal by coolly taking his patrol, under fire from above, from the flank and from ahead, into what he knew must have be almost an ambush. He obtained important information, destroyed enemy machine gun posts, and got out of his own vehicle under fire to evacuate the wounded crew of the leading car, after it had been knocked out by an anti-tank gun.

Story by Allison Theobald...