Becklingen War Cemetery

BURROWS, Derrick Trevor

Lieut. Burrows, 'Y' troop, was killed whilst administering morphia to a wounded marine during operations at the River Aller.  This was during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.  He received a MiD for good service with the 21st Army Group.
 
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DAVIES, John Charles

TSM Davies, 'Y' troop, was killed during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.

He received a posthumous MiD for "good services with the 21st army Group."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37251, page 4440.)
 

GLASER, Kurt Joachim

Grave of Lt Griffith 10 Commando

Kurt Joachim Glaser served in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, under the name of Keith James Griffith.  He was shot and killed by a sniper during operations with 1 Special Service Bde. to cross a railway bridge over the River Aller near the town of Essel.

MOON, Leonard Walter

Pte Moon was killed during operations at Issel, Germany.
 
nb. His date of death 11/6/45 shown on the CWGC database conflicts with that of 11/4/45 shown on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH, and in the No 3 Cdo ROH of Brig Durnford-Slater's book Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2. The latter also shows he died  during the action at Issel on the 11/4/45.
 

PIERCE, Barry Walter

Capt. Pierce, 'Y' troop, was killed during operations at the River Aller in the vicinity of the village of Hademstorf.  A footnote on the headstone of his grave reads "The first British soldier over the Rhine. 46RM Commando 'Y' troop. March 23 1945"
 
Sources
The book A Plain Russet-Coated Captain by Capt John Day 45RM Cdo.
CVA Gallery image of his headstone.
 

THISTLEWOOD, Ronald Harry

Cpl. Thistlewood grave

Cpl. Thistlewood, 5 troop, was killed during operations at Issel, Germany.

The No 3 Commando War Diary entry for the 13th March erroneously uses the surname Isherwood and refers to him being killed during a period of enemy fire from the opposite side of the canal bank. His surname is correctly shown in the No 3 Commando Casualty list for April 1945  attached to the War Diary ref Appendix D, No 1.

The image, shown here, of his original grave is located within our gallery.

VARDY, Thomas

Mne Tom Vardy MM 46RM Commando
Mne. Vardy MM, was killed during operations at the River Aller crossing.
 
Tom Vardy joined the Royal Marines on the 22nd May 1941 being attached to the Royal Marines Reserve Depot until 8th July 1941. From 9th July 1941 to the 2nd November 1941 he was posted Plymouth Division. On the 3rd November 1941 he was posted to the 9th RM Battalion, and from there on the 1st August 1943 he joined 46RM Commando.
 

Citatation for MM


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