RM CDOS Appleyard, Frank (Happy)

The Battle of Mogadishu
By Matt Eversmann
Special Boat Squadron
By Barrie Pitt

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Appleyard
  • FORENAME
Frank (Happy)
  • UNIT
48 Commando (X Troop)
  • RANK
Lance Corporal
  • NUMBER
PLY/X 106192
  • DATE OF DEATH
6th June 1944
  • AGE
21
  • GRAVESITE
Bayeux War Cemetery,France XIV.A.2
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 12.08.1922, Shaw, Lancashire
son of Charles and Bessie Appleyard,Shaw,Lancashire
award M.M. (Sicily) (7 Bn, Royal Marines)
KIA Normandy
F. Appleyard.jpg
 

DATE OF DEATH:

06-Jun-1944

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/appleyard-frank-happy.58153/

CITATION:

Military Medal : This Marine was in 7 Platoon when pinned down in a gulley. When the Platoon were evacuating the gulley, he remained alone at a turn in the gulley, and continued firing his rifle every time the snipers fired a burst of M/G fire at the troops evacuating wounded. By so doing he diverted the attention to himself and undoubtedly greatly increased the chances of the survivors who were carrying the wounded back.
Sometime after the Platoon had been ordered to withdraw, Marine Appleyard returned to the gulley to make sure that no wounded on our side had been left behind, and as a result of this further act of bravery, was alone for 36 hours without food or water. He had previously gone up the gulley to fill the water bottles at a well which was under fire from the enemy, completely disregarding the danger to himself. I consider he showed the greatest courage and gallantry.

WEB LINKS:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7369970
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larry

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Frank (Happy) Appleyard

Frank Appleyard was my uncle. He got the MM for crawling through enemy lines to get water for the wounded.
Larry Scallan
 
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