Second Battle of El Alamein October 1942 Casualty Efficiency Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Territorial suspension, awarded to Sergeant R.E. Morrell, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Territorial Army, who was a pre-war member of the Queen’s Own Yor...

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Second Battle of El Alamein October 1942 Casualty Efficiency Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Territorial suspension, awarded to Sergeant R.E. Morrell, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Territorial Army, who was a pre-war member of the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons, and then saw service in Syria and Lebanon against the Vichy French. On 10th July 1941, ‘C’ Squadron Headquarters and two troops fought a patrol skirmish with French Druse cavalry, which was probably the last action of British horsed cavalry. On 13th February 1942, by a matter of a day, the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons gained the distinction of being the last active cavalry regiment in the British Army. Having begun conversion to an Armoured unit, it then fought in North Africa, taking part in the Battle of Gazala by holding the defensive box called “Knightsbridge”, and having withdrawn to El Alamein after the disastrous First Battle of El Alamein, carried out the camouflage and deception plans, particularly the representation of dummy tanks. In July, the regiment was hurriedly reunited and incorporated into "Delta Force", which was formed as the last line of defence in the event of the Alamein Line breaking. Morrell was wounded in action during the Second Battle of El Alamein on 28th October 1942.

Efficiency Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Territorial suspension; (410308. SJT. R.E. MORRELL. K.O.Y.L.I.)

Condition: light contact wear, Very Fine.

Awarded to Sergeant (No.410308) R.E. Morrell, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Territorial Army, who was an original pre-war member of the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons, which with the Second World War was attached to the 5th Cavalry Brigade, part of the 1st Cavalry Division. When it became necessary to occupy Syria and the Lebanon to prevent their use by the Axis powers, the regiment was stationed on the Syrian frontier. It crossed the frontier in late June 1941, and occupied Kuneitra. In July, the Regiment moved to Ezraa in order to contain the French Druse Garrison of Jebel Druse. On 10 July, C Squadron Headquarters and two troops fought a patrol skirmish with French Druse cavalry, which was probably the last action of British horsed cavalry. The Vichy French asked for an armistice on 12 July.

From July until December, the Regiment garrisoned the Jebel Druse, prior to moving to Azib to train for mountain warfare. On 13 February 1942 came the news that they were to be re-roled and on 1 March the men said goodbye to their horses; by a matter of a day, the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons gained the distinction of being the last active cavalry regiment in the British Army.

Intensive conversion training to becoming an Armoured unit was carried out. In May, part of the regiment went up to the desert, taking part in the Battle of Gazala by holding the defensive box called “Knightsbridge”. This detachment subsequently withdrew to El Alamein after the disastrous First Battle of El Alamein, where they had carried out the camouflage and deception plans, particularly the representation of dummy tanks. In July, the regiment was hurriedly reunited and incorporated into "Delta Force", which was formed as the last line of defence in the event of the Alamein Line breaking.

Owing to heavy losses in armour in the recent battles, it was impossible to fulfil the Commander-in-Chief's promise that the Yorkshire Dragoons should become an Armoured Regiment; instead, the regiment was equipped with Bren Carriers, 3-inch mortars and 6-pounder anti-tank guns and placed under command of the 2nd Armoured Brigade, 1st Armoured Division, together with The Bays, the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers and the 10th Royal Hussars. Each motor squadron was under command of an armoured regiment, whilst the anti-tank guns were under command of the Brigade.

The Second Battle of El Alamein started on 23 October. By daylight of the 24th, the attack was partially successful but the final minefield was un-breached. The regiment suffered considerable casualties in the congested minefield areas prior to the breaking of the line on 2 November, when the 1st Armoured Division started the pursuit it led as far as Timimi.

It was whilst in action during the Second Battle of El Alamein on 28th October 1942 that Morrell, then a Corporal, was wounded in action. In 1943 the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons was retitled the 9th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and saw service with the 18th Infantry Brigade, and attached to the 1st Armoured Division