40RM Commando casualties HMS Queen Emma

HMS Queen Emma
On 17th July 1943 HMS Queen Emma was in Augusta Harbour Sicily with 40 Royal Marine Commando on board when there was a bombing raid on the harbour. This caused numerous casualties and damage on board when concussion and shrapnel from a bomb caused a box of grenades to go off on the mess deck. 

Entry from the 40 RM Commando war diary

(Source: National Archive file ref ADM 202 / 87)

15 July 1943

1300hrs -arrive SYRACUSE harbour
1500hrs disembark Syracuse

16 July 1943

1200hrs - Cdo embark - Force11  M.V Queen Emma
1400hrs - sail from Syracuse harbour
1600hrs  - arrive Augusta harbour
1800hrs  - Cdo informed operation cancelled

17 July 1943 

0200hrs - Air attacks on harbour start
0210hrs - M.V Queen Emma suffered near miss; concussion and shrapnel from bomb caused a box of grenades to go off on the mess deck occupied by B and P troops, many casualties occurring. Capt. Stiebel and Surg Lt Cmdr Pryde killed , 13 OR's killed and 58 wounded.

In addition to the 11 names (note the war diary entry for 17th July stating 13 OR's)  shown and highlighted at the foot of this page and  confirmed as 40RM Commando, there are three Marines listed by unit on the CWGC database simply as Queen Emma. As not all Royal Marines were Commando trained in WW2, should Commando service be established they will be added to the Roll of Honour. Click on names for more information.


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