Bayeux War Cemetery, France

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Lance Corporal Frank Appleyard MM died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
In July 1943 he was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in Sicily whilst serving as a Marine in the 7th Batallion, Royal Marines.
"Masa Palato, Sicily, 20th July 1943

BEGBIE, William Bell

Sgt Begbie 46RM Commando
Sergeant William Begbie, 'Y' troop, died aged 21 during operations at Rots and Le Hamel.
William was adopted as a young boy by James and Elizabeth Begbie from Dunoon. They had lost their own 19 year old son, 301321 Private William Bell Begbie in the First World War.  He was killed in action at the Battle of Arras in France on the 9th April 1917 whilst serving with the 1/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial.

BELCHER, Ernest John

Regimental Sergeant Major Ernest Belcher died during operations at Normandy on D Day. The announcement of his award of the BEM (Military Division) was made 2 days after his death. 
London Gazettes Supp. 36544, page 2594.

BRADLEY, Arthur John

Sergeant Arthur Bradley died during operations at Normandy.
On the 6th October 1942 it was announced that he had received a MiD, along with others, for "bravery, endurance and sustained devotion to duty in H.M. Ships Aurora, Avon Vale, Lance, Legion, Kingston, Penelope, and at Malta, during and after the passage of an important Convoy."  
London Gazettes Supp. 35733, page4353.

COUSINS, Terence Frederick

Capt. Cousins 47RMCommando
Captain Terence Cousins died during operations at Normandy [1]. He received a posthumous MiD for his gallantry and leadership whilst attacking an enemy bunker at Port-en-Bessin during which he was killed [2]. There is a memorial at this location in his memory. 
Born in April 1922 Freddy Cousins entered the Corps in September 1940. On completion of training he was appointed to H.M.S Cumberland where he remained until 1943. He later joined the S.S. Group [3]. 

CURTIS, Edward Geoffrey

Lieutenant Edward Curtis, 'B' troop,  died during operations at Normandy on 'D'Day.
Extract from the 48RM Cdo. War Diary 6-6-1944 Langrune, 1300 hrs
'B'  tp reports "Deathshead" clear, they had found it unoccupied, and suffered only one casualty  (Lt.Curtis) wounded by own naval supportive fire.   
48 RM Cdo. War Diary, National Archives file ADM 202/111.

MOONEY, Edward

Able Seaman Edward Mooney, RN Beach Commando 'P', died during operations at Normandy [1].  Beach Commando 'P' was attached to Force 'J' for Operation Overlord [2].  
[1] CWGC.
[2] History of 'Peter' section RN Cdos National Archives file DEFE2/987.

MORAN, Patrick

Leading Seaman Patrick Moran, RN Beach Commando 'S', died during operations in Normandy. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches.
London Gazettes Supplement 36676, page 4008.


Marine Frank O'Callaghan was killed [1] by a sniper while attached to 30 Commando AU during operations at Normandy. He had previously served with 40RM Commando [2].
[1] CWGC
[2] The book Attain by Surprise edited by David Nutting.

PERRY, James Lawry

Captain James Perry was killed by a sniper's bullet during operations at Langrune, Normandy.  There is a street called Rue du Capitaine Perry named in his memory in the village.
48 RM Cdo War Diary, National Archives file ADM/202/111.

POOLEY, John Bertram Vaughan

Major John Pooley MC died during operations at Normandy. 
He had been promoted from the rank of Gunner in the Royal Artillery (TA) to be 2/Lt from the 10th January 1940.  After joining No 3 Commando he was awarded the Military Cross whilst a T/Captain in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sicily.
London Gazettes Publication date:  5 January 1940; Supplement:  34768; Page: 147.

RIGBY, Frederick Ralph

Lieutenant Frederick Rigby, 'Z' troop,  died when his Landing Craft struck beach defences at Normandy on D Day. He drowned attempting to swim to the shore under heavy enemy fire.
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando, author Ken Ford.

SMITH, John Alexander

Marine John Alexander Smith from Londonderry, died during operations in Normandy.
Extract from the Londonderry Sentinel Saturday 26 August 1944
There will be sincere regret among the wide circle of friends, by whom he was held in high esteem, of the death in German hands from wounds received in Normandy of Royal Marine Commando John Alexander (Jack) Smith, youngest son of Mr. Richard Smith and the late Mrs. Rebecca Smith, 22, Charlotte Street, Londonderry.

WEINBERGER, Ernest George

Ernest Weinberger was of the Jewish faith and served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Ernest Webster. He was killed in a landing craft with Max Lewinsky [more...] during operations in Normandy on D Day.
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.

YATES, Thomas David

Lieutenant Thomas David Yates 48 Commando
Lieutenant Thomas Yates, 'Y' troop,  died when his Landing Craft struck beach defences at Normandy on D Day. He drowned attempting to swim to the shore under heavy enemy fire.
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando, author Ken Ford.

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