TATE, John Arnison

Rank: 
Acting Petty Officer
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
C/JX 166456
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Sunday, May 18, 1924
Died : 
Wednesday, November 29, 1950
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Acting Petty Officer John Tate received a postumous MiD during the Korean war for "gallant and distinguished service with 41 Independent Commando, Royal Marines, in operations in Korea." 
 
At the time of his death the Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B. Drysdale , heading out from Koto-ri in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
 
Sources
AFM ROH.
London Gazettes Supp. 39230, page 2749.
Korean Veterans Association website ROH.
 
Notes 
His unit on the Armed Forces Memorial Roll of Honour is shown as HMS Tamar which was the Royal Navy's executive shore establishment on Hong Kong Island. However the LG entry shows he was attached to 41 Independent Commando RM at the time. Also shown attached and as receiving a posthumous MiD and dying on this day is Surgeon Lieutenant Knock, RN. [view record].
 

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