CHEETHAM, Gerald

Rank: 
Fusilier
Unit/Base: 
2 Commando
Police Service: 
Metropolitan Police
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Service: 
Army
Number: 
6482292
Born: 
Thursday, August 7, 1919
Died : 
Wednesday, October 27, 1943
Died on active service
Age: 
24
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Fusilier Gerald Cheetham, Heavy Weapons Troop, died of illness (pneumonia) whilst on active service in Italy. Son of Thomas James Cheetham and Charlotte Cheetham [1][1a][1b].
A former pupil of Ashton Grammar School before joining the Metropolitan Police from which he later volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes of 1942 [2][3]

Gerald Cheetham, warrant number 127676, joined the Metropolitan Police on 11 April 1939, and left on 27 Oct 1943 (died). Last posted to 'G' Division as a PC [3].
1941: Police Constable on 'G' Division, Metropolitan Police, awarded the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct in Civil Defence during an air raid [4]

Sources
[1] CWGC
[1a] CVA local record for No 2 Cdo. 
[1b] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/69.
[2] Stan Jones record of Ashton Grammar School former pupils.
[3] Register of leavers from the Metropolitan Police / National Archives file MEPO 4/350/231.

[4] London Gazette 35310, page 6026, published 14th October 1941.
 
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