Fusilier Gerald Cheetham, Heavy Weapons Troop, died of illness (pneumonia) whilst on active service in Italy [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 .
1939: Police Officer at 39 Dalston Lane Hackney .
1941: Police Constable on " G " Division, Metropolitan Police, awarded the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct in Civil Defence during an air raid .
[1a] CVA local record for No 2 Cdo.
 Stan Jones record of Ashton Grammar School former pupils.
 The 1939 Register covering Hackney, London.
 London Gazette 35310, page 6026, published 14th October 1941.
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