Private Alan Challoner 7th Pioneer Battalion, Kings Own Royal Regiment



Pte Challoner suffered shrapnel wounds to his chin and left knee. He was treated at 12th Casualty Clearing Station, "Rouge Chapeau", Dunkirk on 29th May, 1940 and evacuated to England soon after as a "walking wounded" case.

Alan Challoner was born on 14th October, 1911. An apprentice weaver by trade, living in Halifax, he enlisted on the 3rd September, 1939, the day war was declared. He survived the war, ending his military service with the Cheshire Regiment and was de-mobilised in October 1945.

On the 27th May, after retreating through Belgium, the 7th Pioneer Battalion, KORR were ordered to defend the bridges on the River Lys between Estaires and Merville. They held their positions for 36 hours under heavy attack from German air and ground forces. After a German breakthrough, the bridges were successfully blown at 4am on the 29th May, 1940 and the survivors were ordered to "make for the sea, if possible Dunkirk".

The accompanying photograph shows Pte Challoner in Pattern 37 Battledress and the KORR badge on his side-cap.

 


Field medical card and shipping label for Private Alan Challoner of the 7th Pioneer Battalion, Kings Own Royal Regiment (KORR), wounded in the retreat to Dunkirk.




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