HAYDON, Alan Albert

Royal Artillery
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Died : 
Friday, November 28, 1941
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Alan Haydon died by drowning whilst at Achnacarry.  
Also recorded as dying by drowning on this date and serving at the same location were Private McCarthy and Corporal Turner.  
He was posted from the 34th Signal Training Regiment, RA, to the Commando Depot on the 8th November 1941. The CWGC record does not show a Commando Unit, but their Grave Registration report shows Special Service Duties Trng. Regt. R.A.  
(Sources: CWGC /  Royal Artillery attestation papers)

His unit is listed as 3 Cdo/CBTC on the Commando Veterans Association plaque at their memorial at Alrewas, however the source for this connection with 3 Commando is not known.  No 3 Commando were at Inverary at the time of his death. He was not on their online ROH, and his name is not on the ROH at the rear of Brigadier Durnford-Slater's book Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 which does include training accidents. The Westminster Abbey Commando ROH only shows CBTC.  Further detail is needed from service records to confirm service in No 3 Commando and his status at Achnacarry, ie. Instructor or Trainee.
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