HOOPER, Owen Gerrard

4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Died : 
Thursday, November 2, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Owen Hooper died of wounds during operations at Flushing, Holland.
The following detail was supplied by John Martin, "Pte Owen Hooper was killed next to my uncle, Sgt Donald Martin (No 4 Commando). There was hard house to house fighting in Flushing. My uncle sought to gain entry into a house under enemy fire. Pte Hooper, who was part of a rifle support group, volunteered to go with him.
Because my uncle was armed with a Thompson sub-machine gun, Pte. Hooper hit the door with the butt of his rifle. The door was booby trapped, and the resulting explosion killed Pte Hooper.
My uncle was temporarily blinded by the dust and debris. My uncle always felt that Pte Hooper should not have been there. On the fortieth anniversary of that assault, we placed a wreath on Pte Hooper's grave in Bergen-op-Zoom cemetery [view grave....]."
See also this Forum Message about the casualties.
Additional Sources
Casualty Lists  / National Archives file WO417/85.
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