DUCHAN, John Joseph

Rank: 
Corporal
Unit/Base: 
45RM Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Number: 
EX/4120
Born: 
Wednesday, April 10, 1918
Birthplace: 
Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire
Died : 
Sunday, January 28, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Original grave of Cpl Duchan 45RM Commando
Corporal John Duchan died during operations at Bell Isle, Osen, Netherlands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.45 RM Commando War Diary / List of casualties Operation Bell Island II.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
1st Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 
Notes
ADM 104/130 records he died in Belgium. However we have a photo in the gallery of his original grave located at Maasbracht Holland [view....].
Also seen referred to as Belle Isle, Belle Island, or Bell Island. Capt John Day MC 45RM refers to the island being named by the Allies because of its shape. Location is on the River Maas near Roermond.
 
Primary Roll of Honour: 
Photo of grave in Gallery: 
Yes

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