VARDY, Thomas

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PLY/X 103900
Honours & Awards: 
Wednesday, November 9, 1921
Died : 
Wednesday, April 11, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Roll of Honour: 
Mne Tom Vardy MM 46RM Commando
Mne. Vardy MM, was killed during operations at the River Aller crossing.
Tom Vardy joined the Royal Marines on the 22nd May 1941 being attached to the Royal Marines Reserve Depot until 8th July 1941. From 9th July 1941 to the 2nd November 1941 he was posted Plymouth Division. On the 3rd November 1941 he was posted to the 9th RM Battalion, and from there on the 1st August 1943 he joined 46RM Commando.

Citatation for MM

"This Marine was signal operator attached to Y Troop during the attack on Le Hamel and Rots on 11th June. He was carrying a 38 set. despite this load he pushed himself to the front and took a leading part in three assaults on enemy positions. His dash and determination when under heavy fire had an inspiring effect on the men of the troop."

He was killed in a burst of enemy shelling. He was originally buried by the Brigade Chaplain, the Revd. Quintan, in the village of Grindau between the rivers Leine and Aller.
(Sources: London Gazettes Supp. 36676, page 4008) and Photos and letters from his nephew David Vardy.)
Photo of grave in Gallery: 

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