ALEXANDER, Charles

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
RM 9234
Born: 
Thursday, February 25, 1932
Died : 
Saturday, January 19, 1952
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
19
Marine Charles Alexander, 'X' troop, died [1] of wounds after an ambush in South Perak, Malaya [2].
 
'X' Troop had been put temporarily under the command of 45 Commando for 'Operation Broderick' targetting armed bandits in the South Perak region. After an initial contact with bandits by 'B' troop 45 Commando, two sections of 'X' troop under Lt. Langley followed up with the assistance of a surrendered bandit. After 100 yards the tracks led across a waist deep stretch of water. While the leading scouts were wading, fire was opened from at least 3 bren guns at about 30 yards range [2].
 
Mne. Alexander was mortally wounded, Cpl. Ireland [view] was killed, and Mne. King and Lt. Langley were both wounded [2].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH 
[2] Globe and Laurel March/April 1952 edition, page 68.
 

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