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Mitchell, Laurence Messenger


First name(s)Laurence Messenger
Date of birth27 September 1915
Place of birthCockermouth Registration District
Family detailsSon of William and Isabella Mitchell of Bayswater
Previous educationHolborn Estate Grammar
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1933-1937
Dept / courseFaculty of Arts
QualificationsBA (Hons), AKC
Military unitHighland Light Infantry, 1st Bn. Border Regiment
Service number321474
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death21/04/1945
Age at death29
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of deathnear Wattorf in Hanover
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeBecklingen War Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel

His mother Isabel Mitchell of 47, Easy Street, Horsham, Sussex wrote on 30 April 1950 quoting a letter that had been received from Lt Col C R H Kindersley Highland Light Infantry:

“I am writing to express my deepest sympathy and that of all ranks in the battalion on the sad loss of your son. He died of wounds received when leading his platoon into action against an enemy rearguard near Wittorf in the province of Hanover on April 21st. It was due to his gallantry and devotion to duty that a counter attack against his company was held off until tanks could come to his support.

His death will be a great loss to the battalion as he was one of the best platoon commanders we had. It is particularly sad that he should not have lived to see the end of this victorious campaign which has so nearly come to a conclusion.

His memory will be held with the greatest respect and affection by all who served with him.”

SourcesKings College Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission;

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