KEARNEY, Joseph Francis

Known as: 
Joe
Rank: 
Gunner
Unit/Base: 
11 Commando
'Layforce'
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Number: 
970050
P.O.W. number: 
7540
Born: 
Monday, August 8, 1921
Died : 
Tuesday, September 1, 1987
Gunner Joe Kearney was attached to No.11 Commando 1 Troop from the 57th (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery. He was reported missing 24 November 1941 after Operation Flipper in the Western Desert, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Newfoundland.
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 84.
No.11 Commando reunion at Arran
"It was particularly grand to welcome Joe Kearney and his wife from St. Johns, Newfoundland, on this their third visit to the island since the end of the war, and to see Joe in company with those stalwarts' Bob MurrayJimmy Lappin, Charles Lock, and Jack Terry, D.C.M., all of whom took part and survived the Rommel Raid."
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/35 and WO417/37.
Prisoners of War Records / National Archives files WO392/1 and WO392/21.
Commando Association newsletters 52, 68, 84, and 88.
Royal Artillery Attestations Registers.
The book Joseph Kearney and The Hunt for Rommel.
CVA Forum message [view...].
 
Notes
Rank as shown in Casualty and POW Lists. Rank in CA newsletters is LBdr.
 

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