CHEETHAM, Gerald

Rank: 
Fusilier
Unit/Base: 
Police Service: 
Metropolitan Police
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Service: 
Army
Number: 
6482292
Born: 
Thursday, August 7, 1919
Died : 
Wednesday, October 27, 1943
Died on active service
Age: 
24
Cemetery/Memorial: 

Fusilier Gerald Cheetham, Heavy Weapons Troop, died of illness (pneumonia) whilst on active service in Italy [1][1a][1b].
A former pupil of Ashton Grammar School before joining the Metropolitan Police from which he later volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intake in July 1942 [2]
1939: Police Officer at 39 Dalston Lane Hackney [3]
1941: Police Constable on " G " Division, Metropolitan Police, awarded the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct in Civil Defence during an air raid [4]

Sources
[1] CWGC
[1a] CVA local record for No 2 Cdo. 
[1b] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/69.
[2] Stan Jones record of Ashton Grammar School former pupils.
[3] The 1939 Register covering Hackney, London.
[4] London Gazette 35310, page 6026, published 14th October 1941.
 
Primary Roll of Honour: 
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