DAVIS, Kenneth William John

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number/s: 
PLY/X 617
Born: 
Monday, August 7, 1916
Place of Birth: 
Plymouth
Died : 
Wednesday, June 7, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
27
Operations: 
Marine Kenneth Davis died during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage which had been given the local codename of Piccadilly. At the Northern end of Piccadilly the enemy had a strong point which included pillboxes. Kenneth Davis was part of 'E' Troop's Piat team that advanced to try and destroy it.  They came under heavy enemy fire and he was killed. Soon after another group moved forward with the C.O. and they also came under fire from an enemy anti tank gun. RSM Grimsey and Cpl. Watson (Pay Corporal) were both killed.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
[3] The Story of 45RM Commando.
 
Notes
Source at [3] records his rank as Lance Corporal. 
 
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