KIAER, Eric Arnold

Rank: 
Lieutenant
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
130209
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, June 6, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Lieutenant Eric Kiaer died [1] during the Normandy landings. He had previously received an MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the field. [2]"

Eric Kiaer served in the Independent Companies (10, 2, & 4)  before volunteering for the Commandos.  He was later captured during operations in Italy, but escaped (with others) walking the length of the Apennines for 3 months before reaching allied lines. There was a joke in 3Cdo that Eric was lazy as this was only a short walk!!  On his return to the UK, Eric was attached to the Holding Operational Commando in Wrexham before joining No 3 Commando for the planned Normandy landings. An account of the Action in which Eric was killed can be found on page 311 of March Past by Lord Lovat [3].

Eric's brother, 201427 Lieutenant Leslie Herbert Sonne Kiaer, 10th Bn., The Parachute Regiment  was killed during operations at Arnhem [1]. 
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 36486, page 1927.
[3] His brother Stanley Kiaer.
 
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