Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other sculpture
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment Cockleshell Heroes - "Operation Frankton" 1942 A wooden seat carved into the symbolic shape of a 15ft. by 2ft. 6in. Cockle Mark II canoe as used by the Royal Marines during "Operation Frankton" in 1942. This seat and the two memorial plaques commemorate the Royal Marines who took part and the French civilians who assisted them during their attempted escape after the successful raid. The cast alluminium plaque behind the Canoe Seat depicts the ten Marines leaving HMS Submarine Tuna. The memorial information plaques were provided by Mick Billman. The HMS Tuna and Cockleshell Hereos Diorama was provided by Royal Marine David John Lee and family. We thank
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"The Not Forgotten" “Catfish” Major Hasler & Marine Sparks ~ Both escaped after the raid and survived the war. “Crayfish” Cpl. Laver & Marine Mills ~ Betrayed after raid, captured and executed. “Cuttlefish” Lt. MacKinnon & Marine Conway ~ Capsized, captured and executed. “Coalfish” Sgt. Wallace & Marine Ewart ~ Capsized, swam to shore, captured and executed. “Conger” Cpl. Sheard & Marine Moffatt ~ Capsized, towed to near shoreline, but lost at sea. “Cachalot” Marine Ellery & Marine Fisher ~ Canoe damaged on HMS Tuna, returned to base. “Reserve” Marine Colley ~ Returned to base from Submarine.

M. Yves Ardouin Mme. Jeanne Baudray Mlle. Anne-Marie Bernadet M. Olivier Bernard M. Cadillon M. Cheyreau M. Alibert Decombes Mme. Amelie Dubreuille M. Armand Dubreuille M. Fernand Dumas M. Rene Flaud M. Pierre Gacis M. Lucien Gody M. Louis Jaubert Mme. Louise Jaubert M. Andre Latouche Mme. Malichier Mlle. Alix Mandinaud M. Rene Mandinaud Mlle. Yvonne Mandinaud M. Jean Mariaud M. Edouard Pariente M. Clodomir Pasqueraud Mme. Irene Pasqueraud M. Marc Pasqueraud M. Yves Pasqueraud M. Robert Pouget M. Georges Rieupeyrout Mme. Rouillon M. Francois Rouillon M. Maurice Rousseau M. Rene Rousseau Mme. Marthe Rullier and many more!

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