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Scotty
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Hi I am wondering if anyone can help me.

My late grandfather served in the Royal Marines in WW2.

Marine Gerald Nestor, Ply.X 112776

He was mentioned in despatches but I do not know what for or what unit he served with.

I have attached an extract from the London Gazette but this is all I have and I would like to know more about his service.

Can any of you assist, I have been on Ancestry.com but had no luck.

Thanks in advance
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Pete
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Hi Scotty, Is this your grandfather?
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Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
God and the Soldier, all men adore, In time of danger and not before.
When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.


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Scotty
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Pete,

It has got to be as the home town is correct.

That is great thank you. I just need to see if I can find his unit now, higher up in the London Gazette it mentions HM Indefatigable. I will try and see if this was his ship and what unit was on it.

Thanks again

Scotty
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Scotty I have attached a slightly better copy here. The London Gazette does show where he was serving. For bravery, resource and devotion to duty under dangerous conditions during operations in the Adriatic. H.M. Indefatigable only refers to the officer immediately below. They then move on to the Adriatic.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36979/supplement/1386

Not all Royal Marines were Commandos in WW2 but of those who were Nos. 40 and 43RM Commandos were operating in the Adriatic as part of the 2nd Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Do you have any photos of your grandfather in uniform at all ?
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Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
God and the Soldier, all men adore, In time of danger and not before.
When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.


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Pete,

Thank you for the link to the better quality image.

I am afraid that he was in service prior to marrying my Grandmother and as this was his second marriage all reference to his service was kept by his previous wife.

I have no pictures of him in uniform, all I knew when he was alive was his absolute fear of drowning and that it was apparently linked to his mention in dispatches. Other than that I am afraid he or my Grandmother never spoke of his service.

I understand what you are said in regards to the ship and possible units.

Thanks again Pete
 
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