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Marine John Moir Alexander 40 Commando
Marine John Alexander died during operations at Dieppe. He has no known grave.
Extract from the Dundee Courier
"Royal Marine Commando J. M. Alexander, 58 Mains Road, Dundee, has been reported missing whilst on combined operation.  Aged 21, he joined up three years ago. His brother William is in the Royal Navy." 
[1] CWGC.


Lieutenant John Godwin, 14 Commando
Lieutenant John Godwin, a veteran of Operation Crackers * [view],  was an Argentinian in the RNVR.  He was Commanding Officer of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Op. Checkmate). After the raid he was taken prisoner, taken initially to Haugesund, and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. 

ROE, Alfred John

Petty Officer Alfred Roe 14 Commando

Patty Officer Alfred Roe was one of the raiding party at Kopervik, Norway (Operation Checkmate). He was captured and later died of typhus at Belsen Concentration Camp having been transferred there from Sachsenhausen.

STURMEY, Frank Ernest

Frank Ernest Sturmey 48 Commando
Marine Frank Sturmey died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
[image] His niece Frances M.K. Storey.
Image from Home Guard service.
Son of Walter and Mable Alice Sturmey, of Stroud, Gloucestershire.


Corporal Vernon Swatton D.S.M., died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
In 1940 he was awarded the DSM whilst a Marine on HMS Nelson for "gallantry and devotion to duty during operations in Norway."
London Gazettes Supp. 34961, page 5878.


Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Norman Tierney died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action in the valley south of La Molina and the nearby hills close to Vietri.
He received a postumous MiD "For gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty in leading a successful counter-attack against a strongly held enemy position in Italy. He did not return from the attack. " 

TRASK, Walter Albert Henry

Lieutenant Walter Trask died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
Extract from the Western Morning News Saturday 01 January 1949.
Roll of Honour
TRASK, W.A.H. -  In treasured and loving memory of our devoted only son, Wally, Lieut., Royal Marine Commandos, H.M.S. Fidelity, killed in action Jan 1. 1943, aged 19½ years. Remembering also his gallant Royal Marine comrades who died with him.

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