40RM Commando 'T' Company

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40RM Commando - HMS Fidelity

HMS Fidelity was sunk by torpedoes during a U Boat attack (U435) on the 30th December 1942 off the Azores. The U-boat reported a large number of survivors on rafts and in the water. All drowned in the rough seas as the weather deteriorated. The only survivors were a few who had launched a motor boat from the ship before the attack.  Among the casualties were 53 members of 'T' Company 40 RM Commando who were on board. The letter 'T' was never used again by 40RM Commando for a Company.
 

SWATTON, Vernon

Corporal Vernon Swatton D.S.M., died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
In 1940 he was awarded the DSM whilst a Marine on HMS Nelson for "gallantry and devotion to duty during operations in Norway."
 
Source
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 34961, page 5878.
 

TRASK, Walter Albert Henry

Lieutenant Walter Trask died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
Extract from the Western Morning News Saturday 01 January 1949.
Roll of Honour
TRASK, W.A.H. -  In treasured and loving memory of our devoted only son, Wally, Lieut., Royal Marine Commandos, H.M.S. Fidelity, killed in action Jan 1. 1943, aged 19½ years. Remembering also his gallant Royal Marine comrades who died with him.

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