Sergeant (Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
Tuesday, June 6, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Roll of Honour:
Company Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations on D Day.Sources CWGC No 3 Cdo War Diary. Storm from the Sea by Peter Young. Fighting with the Commandos by Stan Scott No. 3 Cdo. 3 troop. Notes
- We have 2 photos of 3 troop where he is wearing the insignia of a Troop Sergeant Major. The CWGC Grave Concentration Report (1) shows rank as CSM; the Grave Concentration Report (2) shows CSM crossed out with War Substantive Sergeant added. Trooper Stan Scott, 3 troop, verified that Vernon was the CSM of 3 troop at the time of his death.
- Our gallery has photos of him in both 3 and 4 troops and it is clear that he had served in the Commando since at least June 1942, if not before.
- It is likely that he would have been with No 3 Commando on all their operations since at least June 1942.
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