LEA, Charles William
Lieutenant Charles Lea GM was killed in action at Salerno.
From the No.2 Commando War Diary for the 9th September 1943:
"Nos. 1 & 5 troops operating against the Western exits of Salerno began to meet increasing opposition. The enemy was evidently trying to break out of the town Westwards towards Vietri, and about noon, a Tank (Mk.IV) made its appearance in front of the two troops of the Commando. Some casualties were caused by the tank until it received two direct hits at 900x from one of the 6 pounder A/Tk guns of the 73 A/Tk Regt. which had been moved up on Lt. Col. J.M.T.F Churchill's orders. This may have jammed its turret. It retired into Salerno and did not reappear. A second tank was hit twice by a Piat fired by Capt. Henderson. Lieut. P. Lea GM, RE, was killed by one of the tank shells, and was the first fatal casualty in No.2 Commando. The shell burst in the branches of a tree above him, and a fragment hit him on top of the head. He was not wearing his helmet. Four OR's were wounded at the same time, also some men in a patrol from No.2 troop immediately afterwards."
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