2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment

Cpt. John Evelyn Gabain
Army Service No. 165837


Other Rank Service:
Army Number – 6466148

Deemed to have been enlisted in London in the Territorial Army with the Royal Fusiliers on the 1st January 1940.

Enlistment Details:

Date of Birth – 20th September 1914.
Height – 5ft & 11ins.
Chest Measurement – 36ins.
Complexion – Clear.
Eyes – Brown.
Religious Denomination – Church of England.
Trade on Enlistment – Shipping Clerk.
Next of Kin – Mr George Gabain (Father).

Transferred to the Army Reserve on the 2nd January 1940.

Embodied & transferred to the Buffs as a Private & was posted to the Infantry Training Centre on the 16th May 1940.

Appointed as paid Lance Corporal on the 20th July 1940.

Posted to the No. 166 Officer Cadet Training Unit on the 20th September 1940.

Discharged having been appointed to a commission under Kings Regulations Paragraph 39a (xvii) on the 27th December 1940.

Military Conduct:
Very Good.

“An excellent type of soldier.”

Commissioned Service:
Officer Number – 165837

Granted an Emergency Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Berkshire Regiment on the 28th December 1940.

Posted to the Infantry Training Centre on the 3rd January 1941.

Proceeded to London District Training Camp on the 12th March 1941.

Embarked for service with the Battalion in India on the 21st March 1941.

Posted to the 2nd Battalion in Lucknow on the 7th May 1941.

Attended Company Weapons course from 8th September to the 18th October 1941.

Left Bombay on posting to the No. 18 Movement Control on the 3rd June 1942.

Embarked for Mauritius & appointed as Acting Captain on the 14th July 1942.

Arrived in Mauritius & was attached to the Home Guard on the 31st July 1942.

Appointed as Temporary Captain on the 14th October 1942.

Posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment & relinquished appointment of Temporary Captain on the 18th March 1943.

Reappointed as Temporary Captain on the 1st April 1943.

Admitted to the 51st Field Ambulance on the 8th February 1945.

Discharged from Hospital on the 23rd February 1945.

Appointed as Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment on the 1st April 1945.

Embarked for the United Kingdom on the 20th June 1945.

Arrived in the United Kingdom & was posted to the 17th Infantry Holding Battalion on the 11th July 1945.

Posted to the School of Infantry on appointment as an Instructor & appointment of Temporary Captain relinquished on the 28th August 1945.

Commissioned Service:
Officer Number – 165837

Re-appointed as Temporary Captain on the 15th November 1945.

Deferred release under ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ on the 31st March 1946.

Posted to No. 2 Infantry Holding Battalion with effect from the 19th August 1946.

Granted 107 days Release Leave on the 28th September 1946.

Released from Military Duty under Regulations for Release from the Army 1945 on the 13th January 1947.

Overseas Service:

Islands Area East Africa Command (Mauritius).
South East Asia Command (Burma).

Defence Medal.
War Medal 1939/45.
Burma Star.




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