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Eighty one years now since Tom's passing, fifteen painful days after receiving a terrible head wound during Operation Chariot, St Nazaire.

We remember him still.

A brave man who fought to the end. An inspiration to the people of Rennes and who continues to move all who find his story.

Not forgotten.
Some of the commando wounded, including Tom McCormack, Stuart Chant, Tiger Watson, Gerard Brett, Dick Bradley and Arthur Ashcroft, loaded onto a lorry and about to leave for La Baule. The Bridge of Memories (Bridge 'D') is visible over the cab in the background.

Newman and Ryder leading the parade of Charioteers across the Bridge of Memories in 1947 at the unveiling of the memorial.
Around 11:30hrs, the charges in Campbeltown's bow blew. The results ...
HMS Campbeltown from the river, still intact, and a close-up with a German sailor *possibly* carrying her folded ensign under his arm. The ladders used by the Campbeltown parties are well seen here too ...
81 years ago this morning ...

The bows of HMS Campbeltown lodged in the outer caisson of the Normandie Dry Dock seen from near the top of the stairs on the inside the dock.

Another year passes - still we remember them.
Great work Pete. Thanks.

Another one remembered.

Remembering Tom eighty years on.

Was in Liverpool at the municipal cemetery close to Tom's home in Allerton thinking he must have people here too, then imagining him walking the area before the clouds of war broke in '39.

Have just got home and back to access to computer, so later than usual in posting here.

Not forgotten.

Not forgotten


Spotted this item in the upcoming Dix Noonan & Webb auction catalogue
An unattributed Hong Kong circular silver brooch, 59mm, silver, the reverse with Hong Kong marker's mark and silver mark 'W.H. 90', the badge of skeletal form comprising an outer garter with crowned cypher to centre, with reverse fixing pin, good condition

It looks to me like the cypher of 29 Cdo Regt, RA mounted in the garter often used for clan crests, many of which were likely made in Hong Kong back in 1990. Possibly an unofficial custom one-off produced internally within the unit as a sweetheart badge or similar?

Anyone seen one of these before?

Link to full lot details:


PS I have no link whatsoever with this item!
Remembering tonight the Fallen of 45 Commando, Royal Marines, and all those who took part in the action against Argentinian forces at Two Sisters on East Falkland on the night of 11th/12th June 1982.

Not forgotten.

Was up at my Mum's last November. We couldn't get to Spean Bridge obviously, so instead we left a wee poppy cross in memory of Tom and the other Operation Chariot Fallen at the Ganavan RAF Coastal Command Memorial.
Alan Orton wrote:
Rfmn. L W. Dean 6897356 Kings Royal Rifle Brigade.


King's Royal Rifle Corps
Another year passes.

Not forgotten.

Another year passes.

Still we remember them.

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