COLEMAN, Arthur Douglas

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
PLY/X 120111
Born: 
Tuesday, September 2, 1919
Place of Birth: 
Keynsham, Somerset
Died : 
Monday, March 12, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
25
Marine Arthur Coleman was batman to Lieutenant Collins of 'A' troop. Both died during an operation against the German held island of Schouwen, Holland.
 
Just outside Bruinisse Lieutenant Collins [more...], leading the patrol, met a double apron fence which he gapped, and found himself by a slit trench with two Germans. He called on these to surrender; they did so, but a third German, not before seen, threw several grenades killing the two Germans and severely wounding Lieutenant Collins and Marine Coleman, his MOA. Both later died of their wounds [*].
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
The book DDay Commando, author Ken Ford.
[*] The official book '48RM Commando-The Story 1944-1946' ( written by an officer of 48RM Commando).
Register of Births in Keynsham July/Aug/Sept. 1919.
 
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