SWEENEY, Charles Henry

Rank: 
Private
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
328576
Died : 
Tuesday, July 4, 1944
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Age: 
26
Private Charles Sweeney drowned at Mucomir, Gairlochy, whilst serving at Achnacarry.
 
A newspaper report shows that  he died along with another soldier, Pte Kenneth Drysdale, whilst fishing from a boat with 15 yr old John McKay, the son of a local water baliff from Kilmonivaig. The report states that it appears they lost an oar whilst manoeuvring the boat  into a suitable spot near Mucomir Falls on the River Lochy and got carried away into the swirling water.  
 
The Register of Deaths records his profession as Crown Labourer "Commando Forces" and the informant is recorded as "T.R. Coleman, Camp Chaplain, Achnacarry". Reverend Coleman was RNVR and on the staff at the CBTC as Chaplain. Whilst the CWGC record does not show a Commando unit, the CWGC Grave Registration report shows "Commando Basic Training Centre, R. Warwick. Regt".  Additional detail is required as to his status at the Training Centre.
 
Service as a Commando has therefore not been established. 
 
Sources:
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
CWGC database - Grave Registration Report.
Register of Deaths in the district of Lochaber via www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
The Scotsman newspaper published 6th July 1944
 

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