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JOWETT, Col Sgt George (1921-2004)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Jowett
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: JOWETT, Col Sgt George (1921-2004)
Date(s): c 2000-2004
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 file or 0.01m3
Name of creator(s): Jowett | George `The Joker' | 1921-2004 | Colour Sergeant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born Oldham, Lancashire, 1922; worked as a coal miner, joined King's Own Royal Border Regiment; volunteered for Special Service; served with Troop 3, No 6 Commando, Normandy, 1944-1945; returned to King's Own Royal Border Regiment, Nov 1945; Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 1946; Colour Sergeant, 1946; demobilised, 1947, died 2004.


Scope and content/abstract:

My long journey: a true story of World War II as seen through the eyes of a former commando soldier, typescript memoir by Colour Sergeant George `The Joker' Jowett, including descriptions of training with King's Own Royal Border Regiment in Armagh, Northern Ireland and Liverpool, England; selection for Special Service as a Commando; training at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry, 1942; D-Day preparations with 6 Commando, May 1944; D-Day landings and subsequent action, Normandy, June 1944; evacuation after being wounded and recovery in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Gloret Auxiliary hospital, June-July 1944; return to service in Ostend, Jan 1945; serious injury while on patrol, Feb 14 1945; treatment and physical therapy in Lille, France; posting in Veroa, Greece, Famagusta, Cyprus and Tobruk with the King's Own Royal Border Regiment after the disbanding of the Commandos, 1946-1947; demobilisation, 1947. Also typescript memoir `D Day: before and after', account of the Normandy landings June 1944 excerpted from `My Long Journey'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 file as above.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archives and Information Management.

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry on-line.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by George Jowett in 2004.

Allied Materials

Related material:

An account of the same D-Day operations by Cliff Morris, George Jowett's friend and fellow member of 3 Troop, 6 Commando, is located in the Derek Mill-Roberts papers at the LHCMA.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2007

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