THACKRAY, Dennis Charles

Rank: 
Able Seaman
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
P/JX 384364
Died : 
Saturday, June 17, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
20
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Local Roll of Honour: 
Able Seaman Dennis Thackray died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Evening Post 
"Thackray - Years pass, but memories cling  of a dear brother, and uncle, Denis, R.N. Commandos, killed June 17, 1944. From Emma, Clive and Stanley." [4][4a].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Register of Reports of Death - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/137.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.
[4] Yorkshire Evening Post (ROH p3) - Monday 17 June 1946
[4a] British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 
Notes
The CWGC list his unit only as HMS Victory. This was a shore base in the UK responsible for accomodation and training. He was not serving there at the time of his death. It is this Archive's belief that he was involved in Operation Brassard but his Commando service needs to be verified through service record when available.
 
Primary Roll of Honour: 

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