GRIMSEY, John Henry

Rank: 
Regimental Sergeant Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
CH/X 53
Died : 
Wednesday, June 7, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
33
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Regimental Sergeant Major John Grimsey was killed during the operation to take the enemy held coastal resort of Franceville Plage which had been given the local codename of Piccadilly.

At the Northern end of Piccadilly the enemy had a strong point which included pillboxes.  An attempt by the Piat team of 'E' troop to destroy this resulted in the death of Lance Cpl. Davis.  The C.O. and his party moved forward to assess the situation and came under fire from an enemy anti tank gun. R.S.M. Grimsey and Cpl. Watson (Pay Corporal) were both killed.

Sources
CWGC
The Story of 45RM Commando.
 
Notes on rank.

In the book The Story of 45RM Commando written by an officer of 45RM Cdo and made available after the war ended to all who served, the rank of John Grimsey is shown as R.S.M. The CWGC show his rank as Sgt. Major. 


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