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WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Arthur Ward died during operations at Normandy.
 
He served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war. His three brothers also served in the Armed Forces, and his sister nursed in a military hospital.
 
Sources
CWGC.
CVA Gallery newspaper cutting.
 

WATTON, Frederick George

Private Frederick Watton died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

WHITTLES, Graham

Private Graham Whittles 3 Commando
Private Graham Whittles died during operations at Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
No. 3 Commando War Diary 
14 July 1944 Chateau D'Amfreville 
2310hrs - Intelligence Officer returns from 4 Troop patrol area.  Patrol was withdrawn after evacuation of casualties.  Enemy position mortared by Captain Pollard to finish withdrawal.  Tpr Whittles killed, Lt Weedon, L/S McDonald, and Tpr Barlow wounded.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WILSON, Donald

Lance Corporal Donald Wilson died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

WILSON, Sam

Private Sam Wilson died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

WOODBINE, Bert

Marine Bert Woodbine died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
Extract from the 48 RM Commando War Diary 27th-29th August 1944 [2].
St. Maclou 
27 Aug- 1030 Full church parade.Orders given for short leave-trips to Honfleur.
28 Aug - Cdo continued rest period.
29 Aug - Cdo continued rest period. 1500hrs, 3 men from Y tp visiting the Sallenelles strong point were unlucky enough to stand on a mine, killing 2 *, and wounded one.
 

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