Leonard Daniel Paxton
5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters
Killed in action on Tuesday 2nd March 1943 aged 19.
On the afternoon of Tuesday March 2nd 1943, the Germans successfully advanced from the east towards Sedjenane and broke through the ranks of the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters.
The Foresters suffered heavy casualties. The town of Sedjenane finally fell to the Germans and Italians on March 4th 1943.
In January 1943 the 2/5th Battalion, by now renamed the 5th Battalion, joined the 1st British Army in Tunisia and was followed shortly by the 2nd Battalion. The Battalions took part in severe and difficult fighting, in particular at Sedjenane and the Medjez Plain and suffered many casualties before the remnants of the German Armies capitulated at Cap Bon.
Leonard is buried in Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia.
Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery contains 500 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 60 of them unidentified.
Pingle Crescent, Belper
Leonard was the son of Joseph Paxton, a General Labourer, and Edith Paxton (nee Baylis) of Belper.
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