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Hi Paul,

I have liaised with John Leven - Gordon's elder brother - but, unfortunately, information and photos of John Lang are very scarce.
The only known photo of John Lang, as an adult, is the one of him walking with a lady, whom is presumed to be his aunt, in Bridlington. It is assumed that John was on leave from the Army.

If, however, anymore photos of John Lang and his No.11 Cdo colleagues turn up, I will upload them and let you know...

Thanks for sharing the photo of Sgt Burton's gravestone with us, I have uploaded it to the Middle East sub-Album in the WW2 Graves...

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/Commando+War+Graves+Memorials+and+Plaques/graves/sidon/

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I'm delighted to say that the original poster, Dave Waite, has been back in touch with me and with John Lang's relatives in Australia with updates to this story.

Dave Waite wrote: In the first two photos, someone in Brigg has converted a flower bed into a model landing craft with the soldiers coming out into poppies. It seemed quite fitting for John's story...


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Slightly different angle...
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Dave Waite wrote:the next two photos are of our school's memorial...
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Dave Waite wrote: In November our students (from John's old school) took part in the town Remembrance Parade and laid a wreath in his memory. The first four names on the picture from the town memorial were all students at our school: Peter King was shot down over Berlin, Alan King was killed in February 1945 near the German border and George Longbottom was shot down in North Africa. All four were at school together, with Peter and George leaving in 1938, the same year as John.

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Pupils of Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg attending a Remembrance Service in November 2019 and laying wreaths in the memory of the School's fallen alumni

Thank you Dave for the follow up to this fantastic story.

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