b. 20/06/1916 Guernsey. d. 04/09/1979 Chewton Mendip, Somerset.
Herbert Wallace Le Patourel was born in Guernsey, Channel Islands on 20 June 1916. He was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, and represented the school at shooting and hockey. On leaving school he took up a career in banking. He joined the Hampshire Regiment at Lieutenant in 1938, and was promoted to Captain in 1941. Le Patourel was 26 years old, and a temporary major in the 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment (later The Royal Hampshire Regiment), British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 3 December 1942 at Tebourba, Tunisia, enemy forces were holding high ground and resisting all efforts in dislodge them. Major Le Patourel called for four volunteers to go with him and they attacked and silenced several of the machine-gun posts. When all his men became casualties, he went on alone to engage the enemy, using his pistol and hurling hand grenades.
Initial reports from other wounded soldiers suggested that he had been killed in action, and he was awarded the VC posthumously. He was later discovered to have survived, been taken prisoner and was in hospital in Italy.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL HAMPSHIRE RGT MUSEUM, WINCHESTER.
BURIAL PLACE: SOUTH BRISTOL CEMETERY, BEDMINSTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
Herbert Le Patourel's medals including VC on display at the Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum, Winchester
His memorial in Bedminster, ashes scattered.
Guernsey £5 Silver Coin