PALMER, Terence Patrick

Rank: 
Leading Seaman
Service: 
Royal Naval Reserve
Number: 
D/X20524A
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Wednesday, March 17, 1920
Birthplace: 
West Allotment, Northumberland
Died : 
Saturday, June 17, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
24
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Local Roll of Honour: 

Leading Seaman Terence Palmer died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [3].

At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. His service record shows death occurred "during assault on Elba on 17.6.44." The remarks column on his service record from 10 November 1942 onwards only shows a series of queries being sent as to his posting/whereabouts finally mentioning HMS Copra (Combined Operations Pay and Records Administration) [4].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.
[3] London Gazette 36783, page 5088.

[4] Registry of Shipping and Seamen - Royal Naval Reserve Ratings Records of Service / National Archives file BT377/7/21811

Notes
The CWGC list his unit only as HMS Braganza. They also have a 'D' as the prefix to his number whereas his service record has 'A' prefix. Braganza was a shore base. It is the belief of this Archive that he was serving in the RN Commandos during Operation Brassard.

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