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Jack Letts' medals in safe hands

Posted by firsttankcrews on January 19, 2017 at 4:25 AM

On Monday, I was fortunate to meet the family of Gnr John Frank "Jack" Letts who was the only one of the First Tank Crews to be awarded the Military Medal on two occasions.   The MM is awarded to those who demonstrated exceptional bravery

Jack was a member of the D2 crew who later served with B Coy of 4th Bn Tank Corps.  He was from Plymouth and, during WW2, was a sergeant in the local police force.  He was awarded the first MM during the German spring advance in 1918 and the second medal (which is represented by a bar on the medal ribbon) for his actions on the first day of the battle of Amiens when he was badly wounded. 

Jack's medals are in the safe hands of the Letts family who also have a large research file with details of his service.  This includes reports which indicate that he served with No 11 Coy of D Bn during the disastrous action at Bullecourt.  Eight of the eleven tanks were destroyed on that day and Jack was probably serving with Lt Puttocks' crew.

I met Andrew, Thule and Lydia Letts at the funeral of Jack's only son who served as a RAF wireless operator during WW2,   They are planning to place Frank's ashes in the Letts family plot at Western Hill in Plymouth.

Jack is not forgotten


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