Salerno War Cemetery, Italy

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ALLAN, Hugh Bryan

Lance Corporal Hugh Allan died [1] during the action at Jaconti, near Vietri. He was originally buried "at the bottom of Jaconti village (East side). Map Ref. 601307."[2].
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.

BENNETT, Derick S.

Private Derick Bennett, 6 troop, died [1] on the 13th September 1943 during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno.  He was originally buried by a house at the top of the steps on the West side of Hill.  Map ref.

BOWMAN, Lionel George

Lionel Bowman 2 Commando
Original Grave of Private Bowman
Private Lionel Bowman, 5 Troop, died during operations at Salerno. Before enlisting Lionel was a newspaper representative from Wanstead.
Troop notes kept by LSgt Rogers MM of 5 Tp.
There are photos in our gallery of the cross at his grave, and another with the CWGC headstone in place.

BROOME, Richard Frank

Captain Richard Broome, OC 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Salerno and was originally buried on the forward slope of Dragone Hill [2].
Richard Broome volunteered from the South Lancs for the Independent Companies when they were raised. He joined No 4 Independent Company as a Lieutenant and saw action during an operation in Norway.  

DAY, Arthur Frank

Private Arthur Day died [1] on the 17th September at Piegolelle (aka Piegolette), near Salerno, Italy. He was initially buried jointly with two Royal Marine Commandos in a vineyard 30 yards South of Piegolelle [2].


Private Joe Dickinson, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarked on motor launch ML156 he was evacuated back to the UK [1][1a].
  • 1943 killed in action in Italy serving with 1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment [2][3].
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[1a] Nominal Roll in Saint Nazaire Commando, author Stuart Chant-Sempill.
[2] CWGC.

DRURY, Charles Henry

Private Charles Drury, 2 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Vietri, near Salerno [2].
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
The document @ [2] below differs in date to that shown on the CWGC database. The document states he died on the 14th September of wounds received at Dragone Hill, Vietri, on the 12th September.

JACKSON, Joseph (Pte)

Private Joseph Jackson died during operations at Salerno [1].
We have a document that outlines these details: He held a temporary or acting rank of Lance Corporal; he was killed in action "on the 17th September 1943 at the bottom of Marine Hill, Piegolette (Piegolelle) Village"; and that he was originally buried " Between house (map ref 694323) and bottom of Marine Hill, 7 yards East side of House." [2].


Marine Peter Jaggard died during operations in Italy.
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in Operation Ferdy at Vibo Valentia, known at the time as Porto San Venere.


Private Martin Killeen died [1] during operations on the 10th September at Vietre Sul Mare (Map ref 614298).  He was initially buried in the Orange Grove at back of a school in Vietri (Map ref 618298) [2].

RUBIN, Leonard

Lance Sergeant Leonard Rubin died during operations at Vietri, Salerno. In 1943 he was serving as a Corporal in the Heavy Weapons Troop. See photos in the main gallery.

SOALL, John James

Able Seaman John Soall, RN Beach Commando 'K', died during operations at Salerno [1][2].
[1] C.W.G.C.
[2] National Archives file ADM 358/1892 - Admiralty: Casualty Branch: Enquiries into Missing Personnel, 1939-1945 War.
Not listed as Commando on CWGC, only as HMS COPRA. Message sent to CWGC 3/1/2020.

TAAFFE, William

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

His brother also Fell -  C/KX 152295 Stoker 1st Class Geoffrey Taaffe,  aged 20, H.M. Submarine Usurper. 12th October 1943. Chatham Naval Memorial.


Lance Corporal Hugh Thomson 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Hugh Thomson died [1] during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.) [2]
Extract from the Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 13 October 1943
"Commando Marine Killed :-  Mrs Thomson, 12 Walton Street, Dundee, has received intimation that her husband, L/Cpl. Hugh Thomson (34), Royal Marine Commando, has been killed. He was reported missing over a week ago.

WELLESLEY, Henry Valerian George

Captain Henry Wellesley, the 6th Duke of Wellington, died during operations at Salerno. He was in charge of 2 troop with orders to attack and take the village of Piegolelle (also seen spelt as Piegolette). This was heavily defended by the Germans firing from the heights called 'The Pimple'. He was awarded a posthumous M.I.D.

WRAY, Peter Francis Hugh

Lieutenant Peter Wray died during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Piegolelle (or Piegolette in English.) He received a Mention in Despatches for "distinguished services in Sicily."​​
London Gazettes Supp. 36454, page1557.

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