MELLARS, Vivian Roy

Lance Corporal
Unit / Base: 
4 Commando
Prior Police Service: 
Leicester Police, and, Metropolitan Police
Leicestershire Regiment
Sunday, March 26, 1916
Died : 
Sunday, June 7, 1959
Place died: 
Rutland Memorial Hospital, Leicester
Lance Corporal Vivian Mellars was wounded during operations in North West Europe (date not reported). He was a Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes of 1942 [1][2][2a][3]. 
Vivian Roy Mellars, warrant number 125576 joined the Metropolitan Police on 1 Feb 1937, and left on 15 Jan 1939. Last posted to X Division as a PC. He joined the Leicestershire Police and in 1939 was a Constable residing at 69 Healey Street, Wigston, Leicestershire [2][2a].
Newpaper extract 1951
"Police Sergeant Vivian Roy Mellars, a wartime commando and a member of what is known now as the Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary for 14 years. P.S. Mellars who is married with two children joined the Leicestershire Force from the Metropolitan Police and was at first stationed at South Wigston, Leicester. In 1942 he joined the Army and became a Commando. He received severe injuries to his feet while in action and it was thought at one time that he would lose them. However after lengthy treatment he recovered rejoining the Constabulary."[3].
  • Vivian Mellars died suddenly of natural causes 7 June 1959 [4][5].
  • Employed at the time as a Temporary Inspector on attachment to the District Training Centre, Mill Meece, Staffordshire [5].
  • Member of the Commando Association [6].
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
[2] Register of leavers from the Metropolitan Police / National Archives file MEPO 4/350/121.
[2a] The 1939 Register covering Wigston.
[3] Full article on page 4 in the Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury newspaper 28 December 1951.
[4] England & Wales Government Probate Death Index for Syston Leicestershire, probate date 30 June 1959.
[5] Article in the Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury newspaper 12 June 1959.
[6] Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 29 (Sept. 1959).

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