Royal Navy Reserve LSGC group to 7172C W MCB Souter SMN RNR / Served with Combined Operations on Landing Craft
William McBay Souter was born in Johnshaven, Aberdeenshire in 1907.
Souter joined the Royal Navy Reserve aged eighteen on 20th July 1925, serving on a number of trawlers and ships up until 25th September 1938, when he was called up.
From 11th June 1940 until 17th October 1941, Souter served on HMS Camellia a Flower Class Covert which sunk U -70 on 7th March 1941.
Interestingly from 19th March 1943 until 31st August 1943, he was based at HMS Dinosaur, a base for landing craft operators involved with Combined Operations. He then moved onto HMS Copra which was also a base for Combined Operations from 1st September until 31st December 1943. Souter served on landing crafts with Combined Operations.
In the remarks section on his service papers is a note stating he was leaving HM LCT 354 on 9th of November 1943. The vessel was actually a Landing Craft Tank. His postings to Dinosaur and Copra were merely to give him a ‘base’. HM LCT 354 was part of the 11th Flotilla and participated in operations in North Africa and Italy.
Souter was medically discharged in June 1944. Awarded the LSGC on 19th December 1941
Scarce to find a named medal as part of a Combined Operations group. Still, some interesting research to be done.
RNR LSGC is correctly impressed = 7172 C WCB Souter SWN RNR