Brancepeth in the News in 1942
Brancepeth Capt D H Clarke Picture 2
Brancepeth Capt D H Clarke Picture 1

Neville Wildgust was sent to Brancepeth on a course in early 1942 while serving as an NCO in the Sherwood Foresters and kept the above cutting for the Daily Herald newspaper as a keepsake. Wildgust was later commissioned and, as a platoon officer with the 6th Lincs, was seriously wounded in the Second Battle of Sedjenane in late March 1943. The officer featured in the above photograph is Captain D H Clarke, who later served in D Company, 16 DLI (see the 1942 D Company photograph) and who was wounded in the First Battle of Sedjenane. The photograph below also features Captain Clarke.

I interviewed Neville Wildgust at great length for the IWM in 2002. The full interview can be listened to here on the IWM site:

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