Lance Corporal Frank Appleyard MM was killed during operations at Normandy on D Day.
In July 1943 he was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in Sicily whilst serving as a Marine in the 7th Batallion, Royal Marines.
CitationMasa Palato, Sicily, 20th July 1943
This Marine was in 7 platoon when pinned down in a gulley. When the platoon were evacuating the gulley, he remained alone at a turn in the gulley, and continued firing his rifle every time the snipers fired a burst of machine gun fire at the troops evacuating wounded. By so doing he diverted the attention to himself and undoubtedly greatly increased the chances of the survivors who were carrying the wounded back. Sometime after the platoon had been ordered to withdraw, Mne. Appleyard returned to the gulley to make sure that no wounded on our side had been left behind, and as a result of this further act of bravery, was alone for 36 hours without food or water. He had previously gone up the gulley to fill the water bottles at a well which was under fire from the enemy, completely disregarding the danger to himself. I consider he showed the greatest courage and gallantry. Sources CWGC National Archives file WO 373/47/138 London Gazettes Supp. 36249, page 5035.