ATHERTON, William Temperley
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Friday, March 20, 1925
Friday, June 30, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine William Atherton, 'B' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France. He was in a patrol that came under heavy mortar fire after being sent to occupy a farm house, La Grande Ferme du Buisson, at Sallenelles .
Son of Samuel and Lydia Dorothy Atherton, of Radcliffe, Lancashire .
Educated at Bury Grammar School. Joined the Cadet Corps aged 17 .
 Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.
 The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines by Capt Johnson RM. (published in 1946.)
 Accounts of veterans John Harrison and Reg Bettis in Broken Bridges (authors Keith Taylor with Jeff Hewitt).
 [Image] John Swain (2nd Cousin).
The CWGC at  above record date of death as 30 June 1944. Sources   and Reg Bettis at  record the date as 2nd July 1944. The image above was pre commando when he was 17 which is annotated on rear of photo.
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