DIAMOND, Thomas

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
3779240
Died : 
Saturday, March 28, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
19
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Private Thomas Diamond, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 267 , as was R.S.M. Alan Moss. Their squad was to be a small HQ reserve for Lieutenant Colonel Newman. However in the chaos of the action as the ML's tried to land their Commandos, ML267 came under heavy fire and the ML began to burn. They were ordered to abandon ship which they did.

R.S.M. Alan Moss and others had managed to get out of the water onto a carley float (a liferaft). However on seeing a young Pte Diamond struggling in the water R.S.M. Moss gave up his place in the raft for him and slid into the water. Whilst helping to negotiate the liferaft towards the harbour wall RSM Moss was shot and killed.
 
Private Diamond was one of eight of the eleven Commandos on this launch who died.
 
Additional Sources
CWGC.
Storming St Nazaire, author James Dorrian.
Recommendation for RSM Moss (see Linked Content below).
 
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