DIAMOND, Thomas

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
3779240
Died : 
Saturday, March 28, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
19
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Pte Diamond, 4 troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 267.

His squad was to be a small HQ reserve for Lt. Col. Newman. However in the chaos of the action as the ML's tried to land their Commandos, ML267 came under heavy fire and the ML began to burn. They were ordered to abandon ship which they did.
 
There is an account on Page 186 of the book Storming St Nazaire by James Dorrian which details how he died. RSM Alan Moss and others had managed to get out of the water onto a carley float ( a liferaft). However on seeing a young Pte Diamond struggling in the water RSM Moss gave up his place in the raft for him and slid into the water. Whilst helping to negotiate the liferaft towards the harbour wall he was then shot and killed. Out of the 11 Commandos on his launch 8 were killed, including Pte Diamond. RSM Moss received a posthumous Mentioned in Dispatches.
 

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