Veere Patrol 8th November 1944

Location

Veere, Walcheren
Netherlands
51° 33' 3.0096" N, 3° 39' 54.1404" E

On the 8th November 1944 a patrol from 48RM Commando was sent to Veere on the North East of the island of Walcheren travelling in a convoy of 4 amphibious Buffaloes.  The second Buffaloe with Lieutenant England in command struck a submerged 11inch shell rigged up to a post as a mine causing many casualties. There is a Memorial to those who died near the Protestant Church of Serooskerke which lists names of the casualties.
 
Five of those who died were from 79 Assault Squadron Royal Engineers.
2033377 Lance Sergeant John Wilson Coley.
1876512 Lance Corporal Cyril Edward Town.
2078610 Sapper John Hyland.
4699819 Sapper Charles William Pearce.
7906387 Driver Alec Bold.
 
Those from 48RM Commando who died are listed below. 
 
Sources
CWGC
Haste to the Battle, author Maj. Gen. J.L. Moulton.
Interviews with Mnes. Jack Desmond and Bert Skinner in Ken Ford's book DDay Commando - From Normandy to the Maas with 48RMCommando.
Traces of War website.
 

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