DAVIS, Kenneth William John

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PLY/X 617
Died : 
Wednesday, June 7, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
27
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Marine Kenneth Davis 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. Kenneth Davis was part of 'E' Troop's Piat team that advanced to try and destroy it.  They came under heavy enemy fire and he was killed.

Soon after another group moved forward with the C.O. and they also came under fire from an enemy anti tank gun. RSM 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 Kenneth Davis is shown as Lance Corporal. The CWGC show his rank as Marine. This is likely to mean that the rank of Lance Corporal was a temporary one at the time.

 

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