COAKER, Vernon

Rank: 
Sergeant (Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Devonshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
5620234
Died : 
Tuesday, June 6, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
23
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
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.
 
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
Yes

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