Sunday, 26 April 2015

Lambert, Jack - Lance Corporal

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8th. (Ardwick) Bn. 
Manchester Regiment
Died 28 July 1944
Age 25

The 8th. Battalion, Manchester Regiment, took part in the defence of Malta from May 1940 until August 1943. As Malta was no longer under siege, it then served in Egypt, Palestine anc Syria, until February 1944, when it went to Italy. The Battalion's first action was to capture the mountain village of Piccione, against strong opposition. In July 1944 there was heavy fighting on both sides of the Chiana valley leading to the town of Arezzo. The Germans mace a stand in front of the town, and there was fierce fighting before they were driven out. Lance Corporal Jack Lambert lost his life during this period.

Jack was the son of John James and Maggie Lambert. He was aged 25. He attended St.John's, Stonefold, Church and School. He worked at Stonefold Mill before he joined the Army in 1939. He had served in Belgium, Malta and Sicily.

Jack is buried in Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy. The Cemetery lies on the main road from Rome to Florence, about eight kilometres west of Arezzo. The site was chosen in November 1944, and graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields. There are 1,268 war graves, of which there are 40 of men who are unidentified. Jack lies in Plot 1, Row A, Grave 30.