NATHAN, Eric William

Known as: 
forenames also seen as Eli Erich Wolfgang
Served as : 
Eric William Howarth
Rank: 
WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
6305467
Born: 
Monday, October 16, 1922
Died : 
Tuesday, April 3, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
22
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Operations: 
RSM Nathan 3 tp No 10 Commando
Eric Nathan, who was of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Eric William Howarth. He was killed during operations at Osnabruck Germany.
 
Born in Germany in 1922, he entered the UK as a refugee in 1938 after his father's detention in Germany. In 1940 he was interned on the Isle of man, before being sent to Canada. He volunteered for the British Army and was sent back to the UK joining the Pioneer Corps, and then the Commandos. He became Sgt Major of 3 troop which was also known as 'X' troop. He had initially refused a Commission unless he could stay with his troop. Eventually it was agreed but in the last few weeks of the war he was killed in Germany.
 
Sources
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library
 

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