|Service Portrait Lt Philip Mellor,|
"There are many individual acts of heroism, but one became almost a legend in the brigade and concerned Captain* Mellor of 'T' Company. This officer was a well-known figure with his black patch over a blind eye and already had a great reputation for courage and incredible daring. During an assault his company was held up by three enemy machine-gun posts. At once he raced forward alone and destroyed them all, one by one, with grenades and as Schmeisser tommy-gun taken from a dead German. Soon afterwards his men saw him cut down by an anti-personnel mine.
'Don't stop, chaps!' he shouted in a matter of fact voice. 'Go on!
I'm afraid I can't come with you! I've lost a leg!'
|MEDJEZ-EL-BAB Cemetery, located 60 km west of Tunis|
Courtesy of aucklandmuseum.com
~~"Wings of the Wind" by Peter Stainforth,
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*Philip Mellor's records states that he was a Lieutenant, not a Captain when KIA.
See Details HERE
Via Paradata.org.uk Lt Philip Mellor's service records are as follows:
1939: Scots Guards, (Guardsman)
1940: The Leicestershire Regiment (rank unknown)
1940-1941: 11 SAS Battalion (Lieutenant)
1941-1943: The 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment, '1 Para', (Lieutenant)
|Memorial at Medjez-el-Bab Cemetery where Lt Philip Mellor is commemorated|
Courtesy of the CWGC
|Read Lt Mellor's MC Citation HERE|
This is a lovely video by Paul Tasker detailing the Medjez-el Bab cemetery.