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ALEXANDER, John Moir

Marine John Moir Alexander 40 Commando
40RM 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." 
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

GODWIN, John

Lieutenant John Godwin, 14 Commando
No 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. 
 

HARRIS, Andrew

41RM Commando

Marine Andrew Harris died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

PANTER, Howard Denis

Marine Howard Denis Panter
40RM Commando
Marine Howard Denis Panter died along with the rest of  'T' Company 40RM Commando, when the ship they were on board, HMS Fidelity, was torpedoed and sunk.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[Image] BBC online WW2 People's War archive, article ID:A7804820, credit John Kinross-Purser [view....].
 

ROE, Alfred John

Petty Officer Alfred Roe 14 Commando
No 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
48RM Commando
Marine Frank Sturmey died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
 
Sources
CWGC.
[image] His niece Frances M.K. Storey.
 
Notes
Image from Home Guard service.
Son of Walter and Mable Alice Sturmey, of Stroud, Gloucestershire.
 

SWATTON, Vernon

40RM Commando
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."
 
Source
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 34961, page 5878.
 

TIERNEY, Norman

41RM Commando
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. " 
 

TONER, Peter

41RM Commando

Marine Peter Toner died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.)

TRASK, Walter Albert Henry

40RM Commando
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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