Lt Col J G M B Gough

Commanding Officer - The East Surrey Regiment

(The Lincolnshire Regiment)

Lt Col J G M B GoughCommanded 2/6th Bn The East Surrey Regiment from January to September 1945.

James Gordon Milestone Boulter Gough, known as 'Kit', was born on 30th August 1907.

He was commissioned in The Lincolnshire Regiment in February 1928 and joined the 1st Battalion in Dover Castle. The next year he carried the Regimental Colour when the Battalion was on Public Duties in London. In 1930 he went overseas and except for a tour at The Depot in 1933-34 remained with the 1st Battalion until 1939, serving in Gibraltar, Shanghai, Hong Kong and India. In Hong Kong he was ADC to the GOC-in-C China Command.

In 1939 he was again posted to The Depot but owing to the outbreak of war he joined the 2nd Battalion as a company commander and served in France and was evacuated via Dunkirk. After a tour as an instructor at an OCTU he rejoined the 2nd Battalion as second-in-command. In 1942 he was posted to the School of Infantry as an instructor. After about a year he was posted to 1st Bn The Suffolk Regiment as second-in-command. He landed with the Battalion in Normandy, on "D Day" and after a few days the Commanding Officer (Lt Col R Goodwin later Lieut General Sir Richard Goodwin) was wounded and he commanded the Battalion in heavy fighting around Caen and Falaise until he was wounded.

In January 1945 he was appointed to command 2/6th Bn The East Surrey Regiment in England. In September 1945 he was posted to command 636 Regiment RA and later the Hallamshire Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment in North West Europe.

He retired from the Army on 15th June 1947.


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