Kirkee War Cemetery India

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BEECH, James Frederick

No 1 Commando

Private James Beech,  HQ 3 Special Service (Commando) Bde., reported initially by the War Office to have died a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, died in Poona Hospital, India, a victim of infantile paralysis. [1+2]

On the 31st January 1945 he is listed as being wounded whilst with No 5 Commando. [3]

ELSE, John

No 7 Commando
Sergeant John Else, No 7 Commando and Layforce, was accidentally killed whilst attached to No 1 Special Service Detachment.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.

GREIG, Charles

No 3 Commando
The circumstances of the death of Private Charles Greig are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in India and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3 Commando.  This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos. 42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.  


44RM Commando
Marine John O'Reilly died in service the full circumstances of which are not known to this Archive. His death is recorded in a Royal Marines Historical society booklet as "died of other causes during war service, such as road accidents, accidental drowning, etc."
RM Historical Society booklet "A Register of Royal Marines War Deaths 1939-1945.

WEBBER, Ernest George William

No 1 Commando
Private Ernest Webber died in India as a result of an accident whilst swimming.

Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary

Londa Astoli 12 May 1945.
Pte Webber (6 tp) who injured  himself whilst swimming died in C.M.H. Belgaum.
13 May 1945, 1500hrs
Bearers and Firing party provided by 6 tp for the funeral of Pte. Webber at BELGAUM.
No 1 Commando War Diary May 1945 National Archives file WO/218/81.

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