I am doing some research on my father in law, John Weston Sampson, who served with the Green Howards in the BEF in France, Palestine, possibly Iraq, and North Africa. John was engaged in the rearguard, both in France and in North Africa, in the latter being in 69th Brigade defence of Tobruk/Gazala, where he was recommended for a Military Medal, shortly before his carrier (Bren) was hit by a shell around the Mersa Matruh area? He was severely wounded mainly in both legs, and was taken prisoner. Initially he was in Italian hospital camps, and then served out most of the war at Lamsdorf, before enduring "the March" back from Silesia through Czechoslovakia, and Germany, to be liberated by the Russians in Berlin. Due to his poor physical and mental condition upon his return to Blighty, he spent some time in Southport Hospital? We just visited the Green Howards museum in Richmond briefly and got some pointers, as he is on their records, and we pointed out to them that it is his happy smiling face on the front of the Eighth Army magazine, published during WW 2 (1944) by the Ministry of Information. His actions on 15th June 1942 are in a citation which I will try to post here, but effectively he "took charge of a group of carriers which became seperated from the main 69th Brigade box". After "a decision was made to reach Tobruk", he "took charge of organising the column, leading with his carrier, then patrolling up and down under heavy shell fire. He led his section into the attack against an enemy force which included 4 tanks, only making his way towards Tobruk when the column had safely passed the danger zone" There are some words which we cannot decipher including a "gap" and also a town which looks like Mirassus, Murassus or Hirassus. His citation was written at El Alamein on 2nd July 1942, by which time he was in the bag, as there is an addendum to the front of the citation stating him to be "Missing in Action" on 28/6/1942. We have an original photo of John alongside his carrier sporting a Thomson, which cropped down formed the front cover of the Eighth Army magazine Help or pointers gratefully recieved.