ROTHWELL, Stanley

Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Unit/Base: 
6 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Lancashire Fusiliers
Service: 
Army
Number: 
3449244
Died : 
Saturday, December 4, 1943
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Age: 
23
Lance Corporal Stanley Rothwell died as a result of injuries received when a grenade accidentally exploded.
Extract from the Dundee Evening Telegraph
A verdict of accidental death was returned by the Brighton Coroner, Mr Charles Webb, at the inquest today on L/Cpl. Stanley Rothwell (23), single, of Heaton Street, Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester, who was injured while detonating an unexploded hand grenade.
Following an exercise an unexploded grenade was found, and on Saturday Sergt. William James went with Rothwell to explode it. Rothwell asked the Sergeant to leave as the rule was that only one man should be near the grenade. He had only got three yards when there was an explosion.
"I had my back to the grenade and was staggered by the blast but escaped injury," said James.
Lieut. Gilbert Fazan said Rothwell might have stumbled when bending down and so disturbed the grenade.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Dundee Evening Telegraph 08 December 1943.
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
 
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