FAWCETT, Joseph

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
PLY/X 109226
Born: 
Tuesday, June 10, 1924
Place of Birth: 
Liverpool, Lancashire
Died : 
Tuesday, November 7, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
20
Operations: 
Marine Joseph Fawcett

Marine Joseph Fawcett died of wounds inflicted during the Westkapelle landings on D Day at Walcheren [1][1a][2]. Due to weather conditions between the 2nd and 5th November casualties were not able to be evacuated and had to be retained ashore in crowded tented facilities. Eventually more than 70 were evacuated by one LCT on the 6th November, the journey to Ostend taking 10 hours due to the weather.  Marine Fawcett died during this journey [2].
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Friday 08 December 1944
Marine Commando Joseph Fawcett, Aber Street, West Derby Road Liverpool, has died of wounds sustained while on war service. He was an old boy of Mill Road School Everton [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[1a] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
[2] Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. Medical Officer author of  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.
[3] Liverpool Evening Express 
[3]  British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
[3] Image © Trinity Mirror.

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