NELSON, Desmond

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 102790
Died : 
Friday, July 21, 1944
Died on war service
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Marine Desmond Nelson, 'A' troop, died [1] at Silchar as a result of contracting cerebral malaria. This was the first fatality brought about by disease. Rev. F.W. Cornwall R.N.V.R. conducted his funeral at Silchar Cemetery (Gauhati). The escort, firing party, and pallbearers, were all from his troop. [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] The book '44 RM Commando, Achnacarry to the Arakan', author Tony Mackenzie.
 
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
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