SerjeantDURRANT, THOMAS FRANK

Service Number 1874047

Died 28/03/1942

Aged 23

Royal Engineers

and No. 1
Commando

V C

Citation

The following details are taken from the London Gazette of 15th June, 1945

On 28th March 1942 H.M. Motor Launch 306 was heavily attacked while proceeding up the river Loire in the raid on St Nazaire. Serjeant Durrant in charge of a Lewis gun in a completely exposed position engaged enemy guns and searchlights on shore. He was severely wounded in the arm but refused to leave his gun. Later when the launch was attacked at close range by a German destroyer, Serjeant Durrant fired cooley and continuously at the destroyer's bridge drawing on himself the enemy fire and suffering many further wounds. When so weak that he had to support himself on the gun mounting, he went on firing until his gun was silenced and the enemy boarded the motor lauch and took prisoner those still alive. This very gallant and skilful N.C.O. died later of his wounds.

Buried at ESCOUBLAC-LA-BAULE WAR CEMETERY

Location: Loire-Atlantique, France
Number of casualties: 254

Cemetery/memorial reference: 1. D. 11.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
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