Second World War Southern Rhodesian Forces serving with South African Forces Italian Campaign Advance on Florence Officer Casualty group awarded to Lieutenant L.W. Sampson, First City / Cape Town Highlanders, Union of South Africa Forces, who was commissioned in January 1943, and then transferred from the Southern Rhodesia Forces into the South African Union Defence Force in March 1943, initially with the 1st Battalion, Wit Rifles, he arrived at Suez in May 1943, and transferred to the Kimberley Regiment in July 1943, to the 1st City Regiment i

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Second World War Southern Rhodesian Forces serving with South African Forces Italian Campaign Advance on Florence Officer Casualty group awarded to Lieutenant L.W. Sampson, First City / Cape Town Highlanders, Union of South Africa Forces, who was commissioned in January 1943, and then transferred from the Southern Rhodesia Forces into the South African Union Defence Force in March 1943, initially with the 1st Battalion, Wit Rifles, he arrived at Suez in May 1943, and transferred to the Kimberley Regiment in July 1943, to the 1st City Regiment in July 1943, which became the First City / Cape Town Highlanders in October 1943. Sampson was killed in action during the advance to Florence on 22nd July 1944.

Group of 6: 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Africa Service Medal 1939-1945; the last only named in officially impressed South African issue style as issued to Southern Rhodesians; (SR.598322 L.W. SAMPSON), with the scarce Southern Rhodesia Memorial Slip for the first five awards, this with typed details for: ‘LIEUT. L.W. SAMPSON’, and also the card box of issue, this with address removed. Also the forwarding slip for the Africa Service Medal 1939-1945.

Condition: Extremely Fine.

Together with pair of Rhodesia bronze shoulder titles, and bronze pips for the rank of Lieutenant.

Leonard William Sampson was born on 20th March 1917 in London, but then sailed for South Africa in April 1939 aboard the liner Windsor Castle, he was then working as an agent for a company, having been living in Barnehurst, and his intended destination was Southern Rhodesia.

Sampson then settled in Southern Rhodesia, residing at Umtali and later Salisbury, where he worked as a sales representative and married. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Sampson enlisted into the Southern Rhodesian Forces as a Private (No.SR.598322), and was stationed at Umtali.

Sampson was appointed to Acting Lance Corporal on 13th January 1941, and promote to Corporal on 11th February 1941, to Sergeant on 15th April 1941, to Acting Squadron Sergeant Major on 16th March 1942, and having then undergone a leadership training course at Gwelo, was then commissioned as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant on 12th January 1943.

Sampson then attested for service with the South African Union Defence Force on 3rd March 1943 and was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant on the day and posted to the 1st Battalion, Wit Rifles two day days later, this being a part of the 12th South African Motorised Brigade. Sampson arrived at Suez on 6th May 1943. Posted to the Kimberley Regiment on 4th July 1943, this being a part of the South African Armoured Corps with the 11th South African Armoured Brigade, and then transferred to the 1st City Regiment on 19th July 1943, Sampson was promoted to Lieutenant on 3rd September 1943, with seniority back dated to 24th August 1943.

On 5th October 1943 the First City was temporarily "married up" with the Cape Town Highlanders to form the FC/CTH which was part of the 12th South African Motorised Brigade of the South African 6th Armoured Division, the units remained together till May 1945. After completing its training in Egypt, the division landed at Taranto, Italy on 20th April 1944 and fought throughout the Italian campaign.

Having fought with his unit at Paliano and the Second Battle of Monte Cassino in February 1944, he fought at Chiusi and then took part in the fight for and liberation of Florence. It was was during the fighting for Florence that Sampson was killed in action on 22nd July 1944, he being buried in Florence War Cemetery.