PEEBLES, John Alan Laing
Captain John Peebles MC was mortally wounded by a premature explosion of a no. 68 grenade on a field firing exercise at Cheverton Down, nr Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. The Coroner later recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Captain Peebles died on the 11th June 1943 and his funeral, with full military honours, took place on the 16th June at Parkhurst Military Hospital, Newport, IOW.Private James Parker died of his injuries on the 14th May 1943.
We have a photo in the gallery of Rfn Tommy Pollock who was seriously injured in the same accident. Captain Peebles had been awarded the Military Cross in 1940 whilst a 2/Lt for gallant conduct in action with the enemy.Sources CWGC 5 Cdo war diary for June 1943 and CVA Forum message 3108. 5 Cdo War Diary 14th May 1943 ref WO218/53 (National Archives). Coroner's Expense Book AC2007/15/1, Isle of Wight Record Office / Inquest 51/1943 held 12/06/1943 at The Reading Room, Albany Barracks, Parkhurst. London Gazette 34975, page 6114.
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