HERO of the MONTH

Sergeant John Vincent Byrne DCM

SAS RECRUITS LEAP FROM STEEL GANTRIES AS PART OF THEIR PARACHUTE TRAINING AT KABRIT, EGYPT 
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“After completing his parachute training, Byrne took part in ‘L’ Detachment’s first operational jump on the night of November 16, 1941”

Recipient of one of only a few Distinguished Conduct Medals gazetted to ‘L’ Detachment,SAS during the World War Two, by any standards Sergeant John ‘Jack’ Byrne had a quite remarkable war. Left for dead at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, he became a founding father of the SAS and was captured, shot and brutally beaten, only to later escape a German POW camp in time to serve on D-Day.

When Christopher Hill of auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb was preparing Byrne’s medals for sale, he said: “If I could have only one Second World War medal group, I would be hard pressed to come up with a better one than this. One could not wish for a more representative medal group to capture the iconic image of your Commando hero than this man.”

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