BARE, Jack Stormont

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Died : 
Friday, February 4, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
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From the No.2 Commando War Diary : "5th February 1944 Captain Jack Stormont Bare of No.2 Commando was buried in the afternoon in the British Naval Cemetery at Vis, the first British serviceman to be interred there for over 130 years. The body was brought from the billet draped in a White Ensign (a Union Jack not being available) by 6 brother Officers. A piper from the Scottish (No.5) troop played a lament and the body was placed on the deck of a schooner.
Many wreaths presented by Partisans, who sent representatives from all their Services.  All the British Services were also represented. The schooner then set off across the bay and a volley was fired by the Partisan guns. There was a simple impressiveness about the whole scene as the white topped waves broke over the brow of the boat, and the smoke of the guns, giving their salute to an Englishman fallen fighting in Yugoslavia, curled lazily in the clear blue sky. The body was disembarked and interred near the Hon. Anson, killed in action on his Frigate in 1811. A Partisan company fired a volley, the C.O. conducted the service in absence of the Padre, our own men fired the usual 3 volleys, and the interment of the first British Officer to fall in Yugoslavia in this war was completed." 
From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database : "It appears from our archival records that the remains of Captain Bare were exhumed from the Old Cemetery, Vis Harbour, and reinterred in Belgrade War Cemetery in early – possibly January – 1948. Second World War graves from the island of Vis (Lissa) were reinterred in Belgrade War Cemetery as permanent maintenance of these graves could not be assured in their original locality."

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