PLANK, Harold Henry

Company Sergeant Major
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
Died : 
Thursday, November 2, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Harold Plank was shot and killed during operations against an enemy gun emplacement on Walcheren.
In September 2012 Mark Smith, Harold's great nephew, spoke with Arthur Thompson of 47RM Cdo. who knew CSM Plank. Mark adds this about their conversation " Arthur spoke quite fondly of Harold and told me about the fact that he was right next to Harold when he was shot as they attacked a german gun emplacement on Walcheren. The best part for me was the fact that he was able to tell me about Harold as a man such as the comments that Harold was always smart and 'looked like a soldier and walked like a soldier'. He also told me that Harold could speak French which we would never have known had it not been for Arthur. In turn Arthur seemed pleased to find out a little about Harolds family and the fact that we are still thinking about him and keeping his memory alive after all these years." 
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