John Franklyn

Medals awarded

  • 1939-45 Star
  • France and Germany Star 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-45

John Belfield Edmund Franklyn was the son of General Sir Harold Edmund Franklyn KCB, CB, DSO, MC.

John joined the Green Howards in October 1942, having carried out his preliminary training at Richmond. He was second-in-command of ‘C’ Company, 6th Battalion, landing In Normandy on D-Day. Early in the action he became commanding officer, when his own commander became a casualty.

About a week later, whilst still commanding his company, he was wounded in the leg and returned to England. He rejoined the 6th Battalion after about a month and was commanding ‘A’ Company in an attack in which he successfully reached his objective.

His Company, having pushed on a mile further than the flanking Companies, became almost surrounded and had to be withdrawn. Franklyn, aged 21,was killed by a shell while covering the withdrawal of the two leading platoons. His Commanding Officer commented that it was only by ‘superb leadership’ that his Company got as far as it did. Franklyn was killed just a few miles away from his father who was on a tour of the battlefield at the time.

Initially buried in a temporary plot by the roadside near Ressen, Franklyn’s remains were removed after the war and he was buried at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.