PLANK, Harold Henry

Rank: 
Company Sergeant Major
Unit/Base: 
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Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PLY/X/3504
Died : 
Thursday, November 2, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
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CSM Plank was shot and killed as they attacked a german gun emplacement on Walcheren.

In September 2012 Mark Smith, Harold's great nephew, spoke with Arthur Thompson of 47RM Cdo. who knew CSM Plank. Mark adds this about their conversation " Arthur spoke quite fondly of Harold and told me about the fact that he was right next to Harold when he was shot as they attacked a german gun emplacement on Walcheren. The best part for me was the fact that he was able to tell me about Harold as a man such as the comments that Harold was always smart and 'looked like a soldier and walked like a soldier'. He also told me that Harold could speak French which we would never have known had it not been for Arthur. In turn Arthur seemed pleased to find out a little about Harolds family and the fact that we are still thinking about him and keeping his memory alive after all these years." 

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