Gunner Percival J Lemon

26 Aug 1923 - 09 Mar 2016

Percival James Lemon enlisted into The General Service Corps. He then transferred to The 53rd (Worcester Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment which was redesignated as an Airborne Airlanding Light Regiment in 1943.

Gunner ‘Percy’ Lemon served with his brother Ernest in 53rd (Worcester Yeomanry) Airlanding Light Regiment Royal Artillery (RA).

Serving in 211 Airlanding Light Battery RA, Gnr P Lemon went by glider to Normandy D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, where he was wounded, but recovered to take part in the Rhine Crossing on 24 March 1945, landing at LZ 'P' during Op Varsity and then proceeded through to the Baltic, until returning to Bulford in late May 1945.

Gnr Lemon then went on to qualify as a military parachutist, with his brother Ernest, on Course B183 which ran at RAF Ringway from 22 October to 14 November 1945. The course reports states: 'Gnr [P] Lemon Average jumper. Well disciplined. Keen pupil.'

He then served in Palestine for over a year before being demobbed in July 1947.

Percy Lemon passed away on 9 March 2016 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. 

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