Lionel E. Queripel, Capt.
Personal information
Age 24
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Leslie Herbert and Sybil Queripel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 108181
Rank Capt.
Function Unknown
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron A Company
Unit / Group 10th Battalion 4th Parachute Brigade
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Parachute Regiment (Royal Sussex Regiment)
Decoration
Victoria Cross
Death information
Died when 19-9-1944
Died where Unknown
Spot Unknown
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 5-D-8
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 1st January, 1945 : 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.

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Lionel E. Queripel, Capt.
Personal information
Age 24
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Leslie Herbert and Sybil Queripel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 108181
Rank Capt.
Function Unknown
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron A Company
Unit / Group 10th Battalion 4th Parachute Brigade
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Parachute Regiment (Royal Sussex Regiment)
Decoration
Victoria Cross
Death information
Died when 19-9-1944
Died where Unknown
Spot Unknown
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 5-D-8
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 1st January, 1945 : 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.

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