Wednesday, June 3, 1942
Wednesday, January 1, 1964
Killed in action or died of wounds
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Corporal Michael Marriott was killed during operations in Sarawak, Borneo.
Extract from the Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 11 January 1964
Cpl. Michael Marriott. aged 21, whose home is at Langer Lane. Chesterfield, and who was killed in action against Indonesian terrorists in Sarawak on New Year's Day, died gallantly, his parents were told yesterday.
In a letter to his parents Capt. J. P. Gardiner of the Royal Marines described how a patrol of marines was outnumbered by 100 terrorists. Corporal Marriott took charge and fired a great many shots and so attracted the enemies fire to himself. By doing this he probably saved the lives of many others."
A further tribute was added by CpL Marriott's commanding officer Lt. Col. J. F. Parsons, who wrote: "Your son did his job very gallantly. He helped to break an enemy gang and restore peace to that part of Sarawak."
Cpl. Marriott joined the marines when he left school, and was hoping to obtain a commission. A few hours before a telegram announcing his death arrived at his Chesterfield home, his parents received a letter from Cpl. Marriott telling them that after spending Christmas on patrol he was looking forward to leave in Singapore,
Birmingham Daily Post
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