SWEENEY, Charles Henry

Unit / Base: 
'Commando Basic Training Centre'
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died : 
Tuesday, July 4, 1944
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Charles Sweeney drowned at Mucomir, Gairlochy, whilst at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry. Son of Thomas Henry and Ethel May Sweeney; husband of Bridget Sweeney, of Meir, Stoke-on-Trent.
He died along with another soldier, Private Kenneth Drysdale [see below], whilst fishing from a boat with 15 yr old John McKay, the son of a local water baliff from Kilmonivaig. It appears they lost an oar whilst manoeuvring the boat  into a suitable spot near Mucomir Falls on the River Lochy and got carried away into the swirling water.
The Register of Deaths records his profession as Crown Labourer "Commando Forces" and the informant is recorded as "T.R. Coleman, Camp Chaplain, Achnacarry". Reverend Coleman was RNVR and on the staff at the CBTC as Chaplain. 
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79.
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
CWGC database - Grave Registration Report.
Register of Deaths in the district of Lochaber.
The Scotsman newspaper published 6th July 1944.
Whilst the CWGC record does not show a Commando unit, the CWGC Grave Registration report shows "Commando Basic Training Centre, R. Warwick. Regt".  Additional detail is required as to his status at the Training Centre. Service as a Commando not yet established.
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