BECKETT, John Arthur

Lance Sergeant
Royal Corps of Signals
Service number: 
Died : 
Tuesday, September 15, 1942
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Sergeant John Beckett, Brigade Signals 2 Section, died in a road traffic collision along with two others.
All three men died as a result of a truck crash in Dundee. The truck in which they were travelling came down the hill on Law Street, crashed through railings and hit a tree in Dudhope Park. Signalman Arthur Brian Burns died at the scene, Sergeant John Arthur Beckett and Lance Corporal Andrew Gray Paterson died later that evening at Dundee Royal Infirmary. Four other men were injured and detained in hospital.
The War Diary on the 15th September 1942 records the incident as "Serious lorry accident occurred  to No 2 section. 3 O.R's killed (LSgt. Beckett, Lcpl. Paterson, and Sigmn.Burns.)"  All 3 are listed on the War Office Casualty List. [2]
​The informant and signee of the Register of deaths for all 3 men was Captain L.M Harper-Gow of 1 Commando, Special Service Brigade. [3]
[1] Newspaper report in the Dundee Courier and Advertiser Wednesday 16th September 1942.
[2] War Diary of the Special Service  Brigade Signal Section, file ref. WO 218 / 31 & Casualty List WO417/50 Other Ranks 930-943.
[3] CVA Forum message on this link Commando confirmation.

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