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Second Lieutenant Cecil A. ("Bot") Botibol was an English officer of the British Army who died during the Second World War.

He was born in 1917, in Hampstead, the son of David Leslie, of London, and Dora Botibol (née Gartman). The younger Botibol served in the Honourable Artillery Company before the war and was gazetted into the Leicestershire Regiment on 12 November 1939.[1] As an officer in the Leciestershires, Botibol served as the 2/5th Battalion's Weapon Training Officer and later as its Intelligence Officer.[2]

Botibol fought in the Battle of France. He was severely wounded by shell fragments in the vicinity of Carvin on 26 May 1940, requiring his evacuation by ambulance. His fate remained unknown for some two months until a French officer reported to the battalion that he had been transported to a French hospital near Dunkirk, where he succumbed to his wounds on the 28th. The officer in question returned Botibol's personal effects to the battalion and informed them that he had been buried with full military honours.[3]

He is buried in Malo-les-Bains Communal Cemetery.

NotesEdit

  1. The London Gazette (34737), p. 7782. 17 November 1939. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  2. Richardson, Matthew (2010), Tigers at Dunkirk: The Leicestershire Regiment and the Fall of France, p. 10.
  3. Richardson, Matthew (2010), Tigers at Dunkirk: The Leicestershire Regiment and the Fall of France, p. 49.

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