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FOUCHE, Stefanus Louis

Stefanus Fouche
48RM Commando
44RM Commando
Lieutenant Stefanus Fouche, South African Forces attached to 48RM Commando 'Y' Troop, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during the Normandy landings and evacuated back to the UK. He rejoined the Commando in August and in November took part in the attack at Walcheren [1].
  • June 1945 Lieutenant Fouche joined 44RM Commando 'A' Troop in the Far East [2].
  • 6 August 1945 Kharakvasla, India, wounded by grenade shrapnel during practise assault landings and night exercises [2].

THOMAS, Thomas

Lt. DC 'Tommy' Thomas MC
45RM Commando
Lieutenant Thomas Thomas was seconded to the Royal Marines from the South Africa Union Defence Force. In June 1944 he was attached to 45RM Commando 'A' troop [1a][1b] during the landings at Normandy and was later wounded by shrapnel to his leg [1b]. He was awarded the Military Cross for "gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe." [2].

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