40RM Commando casualties HMS Queen Emma
Entry from the 40 RM Commando war diary(Source: National Archive file ref ADM 202 / 87)
15 July 19431300hrs -arrive SYRACUSE harbour 1500hrs disembark Syracuse
16 July 19431200hrs - Cdo embark - Force11 M.V Queen Emma 1400hrs - sail from Syracuse harbour 1600hrs - arrive Augusta harbour 1800hrs - Cdo informed operation cancelled
17 July 19430200hrs - 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. Cpl. J.C. FISHER Mne. R.E.L. BALDOCK Mne. R. JOHNSON
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