CHITTY, John Albert

Rank: 
Lance Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
6850530
Died : 
Sunday, June 6, 1943
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Age: 
21
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 
LSgt Chitty, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.
 
The exercise was a seaborne landing on an area with no beach, followed by a climb with full kit up vertical cliffs to seize a target. In stormy seas the men were swept from the boat resulting in the deaths of LSgt Chitty and LCpl Hoodless. The exercise was called off after this event, but successfully completed in much calmer conditions the following day.
(Sources: The Fighting Fourth by Maj James Dunning and CVA Forum.)
 

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