A North African Campaign Group of 5 to Captain H. Taylor, Imperial Light Horse, who wounded in the fighting at Gazala, and then accidentally wounded at El Alamein in October 1942

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Product ID: A1189
Condition: Good very fine
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A North African Campaign Group of 5 to Captain H. Taylor, Imperial Light Horse, who wounded in the fighting at Gazala, and then accidentally wounded at El Alamein in October 1942. 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, clasp 8th Army, Defence Medal and War Medal 39-45, African Service Medal 39-45 all named to 26364 H. Taylor. With copy service papers and a full biography, Harold Taylor was born on 8th September 1914 and was a house salesman and stock clerk living in Johannesburg before the war, he joined the Imperial Light Horse on 1st July 1933 and after being promoted to Sergeant he was commissioned into the Imperial Light Horse in North Africa from 8th May 1941 and whilst there served with Support Company, he underwent a mortar course with ‘excellent results’. He was with the unit during Operation Crusader, the capture of Bardia, and the fighting at Gazala in June 1942, followed by the retreat to Egypt. The History of the 3rd South African Brigade records that he was hit in the leg by Shrapnel on 1st July 1942 and he was treated at the 5th S.A. General Hospital followed by a month convalescing. He rejoined the Imperial Light Horse on 9th August 1942 and received an accidental battlefield injury at El Alamein on 23rd October 1942 – namely a gunshot wound to the left wrist – and he was again in hospital for a month. He returned to South Africa with the ILH in January 1943 and returned to Egypt in October 1943 with the 9th Battalion, Reserve Brigade. He was discharged in October 1945 and the medals were sent to him on 14th January 1953. A photograph of him appears in the ‘History of the Imperial Light Horse’ with other officers of the Regiment early in the war. With further details and a letter from a former comrade giving brief information. Loose-mounted (5) Good very fine