COAKER, Vernon

Rank: 
Sergeant (Temporary Company Sergeant Major)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Devonshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
5620234
Died : 
Tuesday, June 6, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
23
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1][2][3][4]
  • July 1943 wounded Sicily [5].
  • 28 March 1942 (Lance Corporal) (No.3 Commando) took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML307 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [6].
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] No 3 Cdo War Diary.
[3] Storm from the Sea by Peter Young.
[4] Fighting with the Commandos by Stan Scott No. 3 Cdo. 3 troop.
[5] Army Casualty Lists 1939 -1945 / National Archives file WO417/65.
[6] St. Nazaire Society website.
 
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.
 
Primary Roll of Honour: 
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
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