CHITTY, John Albert

Rank: 
Lance Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
4 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Service: 
Army
Number: 
6850530
Died : 
Sunday, June 6, 1943
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Age: 
21
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Lance Sergeant John Chitty, 'C' troop, died in a training accident during Exercise Brandyball near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall, an area known as The Brandys. A veteran of the Dieppe raid in 1942 he has no known grave.
The exercise was a seaborne landing on an area with no beach, followed by a climb with full kit up vertical cliffs to seize a target. In stormy seas the men were swept from the boat resulting in the deaths of LSgt Chitty and LCpl Hoodless. The exercise was called off after this event, but successfully completed in much calmer conditions the following day.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/62 and WO417/65.
The Fighting Fourth by Maj James Dunning.
CVA Forum.
 
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