1st British Airborne Division
Arnhem, September 1944
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Queripel,
Lionel Ernest


Son of Col. Leslie Herbert Queripel, CMG, DSO (1881-1962) and Sybil Queripel, née Kidner.
13.07.1920
Winterbourne, Monkton, Dorset
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19.09.1944
(KIA) [age 24]
[Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery 5.D.8]
2nd Lt. 22.10.1939 [108181]
Lt. 22.04.1941
T/Capt. 28.07.1942
Victoria Cross VC 01.02.1945 Arnhem 09.44 *
* In Holland on September 19th, 1944, Captain Queripel was acting as Company Commander. When advancing on Arnhem, heavy and continuous enemy fire caused his company to split up on both sides of the road, and inflicted considerable losses. Repeatedly crossing and re-crossing the road under sustained and accurate fire, Captain Queripel not only immediately re-organized his force, but carried a wounded serjeant to the Regimental Aid Post, and was himself wounded in the face. Nevertheless he personally lead an attack on the strong point blocking their progress, and killed the occupants, thereby enabling the advance to continue. Later, Captain Queripel found himself cut off with a small party. Although by then additionally wounded in both arms, he continued to inspire his men to resist until increasing enemy pressure forced him to order their withdrawal. He insisted on remaining behind to cover their retreat with pistol fire and hand grenades, and was not seen again. During nine hours of confused and bitter fighting Captain Queripel unceasingly displayed gallantry of the highest order. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty were magnificent and inspiring.
Education: Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (1939)
22.10.1939     commissioned into the Royal Sussex Regiment
      2nd Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment (Western Desert)
(09.1943) - 19.09.1944 Second-in-Command, A Company, 10th Parachute Battalion (Italy; Arnhem [killed in action])

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