Oostende New Communal Cemetery Belgium

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Marine Joseph Fawcett
47RM Commando

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

GODKIN, Noel Herbert

Captain Noel Godkin 48RM Commando
48RM Commando
Captain Noel Godkin, the administration officer [1], died during operations at Walcheren [2]. He was appointed MBE (Military Division) for distinguished service during the landing of Allied Forces in Normandy [3].
[1] D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando author Ken Ford.
[2] CWGC
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 995.

HAYWARD, Norman Albert William

47RM Commando
Lieutenant Norman Hayward died of shrapnel wounds to his head inflicted when the LCT he was on board, LCT 18, was hit by a shell during the landings at Westkapelle.  
Professor (Capt) John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo. Medical Officer author of  'From Omaha to the Scheldt.

LAWTON, Edward Gerald

47RM Commando
Lance Corporal Edward Lawton died during operations at Westkapelle, Holland. 
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.
There was a military hospital close to Oostende New Communal Cemetery where some of the wounded, had been taken.

MACKENZIE, Roderick Gimson

48RM Commando
Captain Roderick Mackenzie MC,  'X' troop, died of wounds from enemy mortar fire during operations at Walcheren.  He died in hospital in Belgium. He had earlier been awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy."
London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4008.
D Day Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RM Commando, author Ken Ford.

THATCHER, Albert George May

47RM Commando
Marine Albert Thatcher, 'B' troop, died of wounds he received during the allied landings at Westkapelle, Walcheren.
The 47 RM Commando Medical Officer, Captain John Forfar MC, describes the incident in which Mne. Thatcher received his fatal wounds in his book. He was on board LCT 18 when it was hit by a shell and he received shrapnel wounds. He was taken to a Beach Dressing Station but died the next day. [2]
[1] CWGC

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