CHARNLEY, Bernard

Rank: 
Gunner
Unit/Base: 
6 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Number: 
1517109
Born: 
Tuesday, May 29, 1917
Died : 
Friday, February 16, 1973
Gunner Bernard Charnley was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 [1].
11 June 1944 wounded during operations with No.6 Commando at Normandy [2].
On this date his Commando were engaged in action against the enemy at Breville [3][3a].
Post war residing in Leeds and member of the Commando Association [4].
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post 16 June 1944.
"Gunner B. Charnley of Roseberry Place, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, in civil life a butcher's department manager for Thrift Stores, one of the Commandos in the leading assault, said his unit pushed forward several miles in 11 hours and were the first to take German prisoners. The Germans used flame throwers and rocket mine throwers. 
Gunner Charnley, who also took part in the 1st Army's landing in North Africa, suffered facial wounds and he paid a tribute to the work being done for casualties by a Medical Officer attached to the Commandos, Captain P.H. Tasker [view.....] , who is the son of a Mr. R.B. Tasker, a Leeds dental surgeon." [5].
 
Sources
[1] Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942.
[2] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/77.
[3] No.6 Commando War Diary 11 June 1944 & Appendix E - No.6 Commando Intelligence Log.
[3a] Pegasus Archive website.
[4] Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 57 issued September 1973.
[5] Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 16 June 1944. 
 

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