McKENNA, Joseph

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 111077
Died : 
Thursday, February 15, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Roll of Honour: 
Corporal Joseph McKenna died [1] of wounds inflicted during operations in the Waspik sector of the Maas River front. His Commando had also been ordered to maintain forward positions on the small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas. Both he, and Lieut. Richard Bate, had been badly wounded during a river landing and had to be left behind when his patrol withdrew with other casualties. [2].
[1] CWGC
[2] The book "They Did What Was Asked Of Them" author Raymond Mitchell.
Werkendam Protestant Cemetery: Werkendam is in the Heusden-en-Altena region, which is bordered by the Brabant bulrush wood. Throughout the German occupation, particularly in the winter of 1944-1945, this wood was a favourite "hide-out" for airmen and soldiers trying to escape capture by the enemy. There was an emergency hospital in Werkendam where the wounded were cared for, and those who died there are buried in the village cemetery. [1].

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