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Novis, Anthony Leslie - MC

Rank : Lieutenant Colonel

Army Number : 41309

Unit : 2nd Bn, 1st Bn, Royal 1st Bn, Royal 2nd Bn, Royal Depot

Biography :

Tony Novis was educated at Epsom College and Oxford University (Brasenose College). Played Rugby for Leicester F C (making 3 appearances for its 1st XV between 1928 and 1931), Blackheath, the Army, Yorkshire, the Combined Services, the Barbarians, the British Lions (1930), and England (7 caps, twice captain). He was commissioned 2nd Lt 16.2.1929 into The Leicestershire Regiment, serving in 2nd Bn in Londonderry (promoted Lieutenant 16.2.1932), Aldershot, Palestine and Egypt. As OC D Coy, he was wounded at the battle of Sidi Barani in Egypt on 10.12.1940, for his actions in which engagement he was awarded the M.C. He commanded the 1st Bn in UK and Normandy from 7.1.1944 to 30.7.1944, when he was wounded near Caen, and 1st Bn again in Germany from 4.7.1945 to 8.3.1947. He then commanded 2nd Bn in India from Jun 1947 to 15.1.1948, whereafter he commanded Depot Royal Leicesters at Glen Parva Barracks. His final appointment was as SOPT at HQ Northern Command from which he retired on 8.10.1954. One of his Regimental rugby caps is in the collection of Leicester Arts & Museum Service. He has a memorial plaque in the Regimental Chapel in Leicester Cathedral. He died in 1997, aged 91 years.

Date of Birth : 22.9.1906

Place of Birth : India

Date of Death : 2.11.1997

Place of Death : Cheltenham, Glos

Civil Occupation : Gentleman

Period of Service : 1929-54

Conflicts : Palestine, WW2

Places Served : UK, Palestine, Egypt, France, Germany, India

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