Doug Clancy, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Parham, West Sussex, 1941
Photograph compiled by Major Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), World War Two, 1941.
Doug Clancey, a squadron leader's driver, sits on the rear of an A15 Crusader Mark I tank during training at Parham. Clancey wears a leather jerkin over his uniform. This garment was introduced as an alternative to the greatcoat in World War One. Unlike the greatcoat, the jerkin provided soldiers, and particularly vehicle and tank crews, with an additional layer of protection against the cold and wet without the loss of manoeuvrability.
In October 1940, the 3rd and 4th Sharpshooters Regiments moved to the Dorking area, with the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) billeted in Cherfold, Chiddingfold and surrounding villages. Training at Parham in West Sussex was probably undertaken while based in Surrey. The 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) moved on to Westbury in Wiltshire in May 1941 prior to deployment to North Africa.
Sergeant Douglas Allen Clancy, aged 23, was killed in action on 27 November 1941 in Libya during Operation CRUSADER.
From a photograph album containing 620 photographs compiled by Major W H J Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).
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