PEASLEY, Edward John

Rank: 
Leading Seaman
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Navy
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
P/JX 166792
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Friday, May 18, 1945
Died on active service
Age: 
20
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Leading Seaman Edward Peasley, RN Beach Commando 'H', died in a diving accident in Genoa, Italy [1 + 2 + Notes B].
 
He had earlier received a MiD for outstanding services in planning and carrying out an operation in the Arakan in close co-operation with the Army [3].
 
We have a photo of him as a RN Commando serving with 'H', also known as 'HOW', section.  [2 +4]   'How' section operated in both the Arakan in 1944 and Genoa in 1945 [4].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Jane Hill / Website bansteadhistory .com (main entry and feedback section)
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 36593, page 3146.
[4] History of the RN Beach Commando 'HOW'. National Archives file DEFE 2/987.
[Notes] Naval Review August 1945
 
Notes [A]
It is likely that Leading Seaman Peasley, aged 20,  was involved in mine clearing in the Gulf of Genoa at the time of his death. The Naval Review of August 1945 (page 189) states "The general German surrender came in Italy on the 3rd of May. Except in the Dodecanese and Aegean the war afloat had practically retreated from the Mediterranean before these Notes started. The last activity afloat reported since then was of a landing on the night of the 5th of May by night-raiding forces on Rhodes and the small adjacent island of Alimnia. The operation, which was entirely successful, was covered by the Kirnberley and Catterick and the Greek destroyer Krete. In spite of the difficult situation with the Yugoslavs in Trieste our naval parties were able to proceed with the clearing of the port. All Mediterranean ports were declared open for shipping on the 5th of June, the last one to be cleared being Venice. But only 6,000 out of 55,000 German mines in the Central Mediterranean have so far been cleared ; and thick fields still remain in the Adriatic, Aegean and Gulf of Genoa. Swept channels have been established through all these. " 
 
Notes [B]
There is a feedback entry posted on the Banstead History website as follows "The name of Eddie Peasley, previously a brief inscription in cold stone, has now become the lively young sailor who, in the months leading up to his tragic death, was one of my father’s shipmates in the R.N.’s “H” Commando." Added by Michael Alderton, Katoomba, Australia on 17 March 2011. [2]
 
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