NELSON, Desmond

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Number: 
PO/X 102790
Born: 
Friday, May 19, 1922
Birthplace: 
Stockton, County Durham
Died : 
Friday, July 21, 1944
Died on war service
Age: 
22
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Marine Desmond Nelson, 'A' troop, died [1] at Jhansi India after contracting cerebral malaria [2]. This was the first fatality brought about by disease. Rev. F.W. Cornwall R.N.V.R. conducted his funeral service. The escort, firing party, and pallbearers, were all from his troop. [3].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM/
[3] The book '44 RM Commando, Achnacarry to the Arakan', author Tony Mackenzie.
 
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