SMALLEY, Christopher John

Manchester Regiment
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Died : 
Saturday, March 28, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Christopher John Smalley 5 Commando
Lieutenant Christopher Smalley died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on HMS Campbeltown he commanded a demolition party whose task it was to destroy the Dry Dock Installations. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services." 
"Disembarking from HMS Campbeltown he led his men under intense fire to their task, and, although the whole time under very heavy enemy pressure, he completed his task, totally destroying the Dock Installations.
Again under heavy enemy fire he brought his men back to the re-embarkation point and re-embarked in a small Motor Launch. Finding the crew of the forward Oerlikon gun in the ML out of action, he himself, showing total disregard for his own personal safety, manned the gun and proceeded to bring devastating fire to bear on the enemy.
The ML, trying to withdraw down the River Loire, was under constant fire from enemy shore guns, and Lieut. Smalley kept up a continuous answer from his Oerlikon. A direct hit from a shore battery brought his very gallant action to an end.
Lieut. Smalley gave his life that other lives might be saved so setting a -------- example of devotion to duty."
London Gazette 37162, page 3494.
National Archives file WO373/46/293.
St. Nazaire Society website.
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