Holding Operational Commando
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Extract from the Navy Lists
No. 1 Independent Company
Gunner Arthur Bailey was found dead on Westhampnett Lane Chichester, a road leading to Goodwood. Ambulance men at the scene found that he had fractured his skull and it was later ascertained that he had fallen from a lorry in which he was a passenger.
Private Thomas Cresswell died overseas and is buried in Germany. The headstone at his grave states, "First on the rope. A beloved son. Died in life saving attempt."Sources: CWGC main entry and headstone file. Notes The CWGC entry records his secondary unit as "Formerly Holding Operational Commando.
Private George Tarrant died in the UK. His status at the Holding Operational Commando is not known. He is buried in a joint grave with Rfn. George William Tucker, aged 31, Royal Ulster Rifles.
[Source: CWGC Grave Registration report]
Private Bernard Terry was killed in a car accident in the UK.Sources CWGC Grave Registration Report Form shows "Holding Op. Cmd." Westminster Abbey Commando ROH database gives cause of death. National Archives DEFE/2/843.