PERRY, Michael John

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
RM 23321
Born: 
Thursday, August 14, 1947
Died : 
Wednesday, May 29, 1968
Died in service
Age: 
20
Marine Micahel Perry died in a canoe accident at Cawsand, Cornwall. Also killed were Cpl. Michael Coleman and  Mne. Percival Newland 
 

Extract from the Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 30 May 1968

Massive sea search for 3 marines - Three Royal Marine Commandos are missing—feared drowned—after their rowing boat capsized near Plymouth early today. A fourth Marine struggled ashore to raise the alarm. A massive sea search was mounted for the missing men, who were from the 45th Commandos, Royal Marines. The destroyer Cavalier, heading home from duty in the Far East, was ordered to join in the search. At first light, three helicopters joined an armada of searching ships. A Royal Navy spokesman at Plymouth said the four Marines were rowing back from Cawsand Bay, near Plymouth Sound. 
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Coventry Evening Telegraph
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
Naval history.net
 

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