Urmston WW2 

Frank Halliday

Rank:MarineNumber:PLY/X 105730
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Royal Marines
Name of Rgt or Ship:H.M.S. Quebec
Country of burial:Lost at Sea
Cemetery or Memorial:Plymouth Naval Memorial
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the September quarter 1921 in the Salford R.D. - ref: 8d/326,
the son of Ernest & Annie Halliday (nee Williams).

Joined the Metro-Vicker's Company as a Machine Operator in September 1939. 
  Joined the Royal Marines in December 1941 and served in the 51st
Flotilla, Royal Navy.   Died of Wounds at Sea in September 1943.

HMS Quebec was the Combined Ops' training centre at Inverarary -
Commando's.   Its primary role was to provide and maintain craft for
training operations and to accommodate personnel drafted in for the
training of units at the CTC

Between the 9th - 13th September 1943, the American VI Corps and the
British X Corps landed along the coast in the Bay of Salerno, Italy as part
of "Operation Avalanche".   Early on the morning of the 9th September,
approximately 450 ships assembled off the Salerno coast, having sailed from
Sicily, Tripoli, Oran, and Bizerte in North Africa - some had been at sea
since the 5th/6th September.   To achieve surprise, there was no
preliminary naval or aerial bombardment.

To secure the northern flanks, the U.S. Rangers hit the beach unopposed at
03.10 hrs, 20 minutes in advance of the main assault force, moving quickly
inland to seize their objectives.   To the east of the Rangers British
Commandos captured the town of Salerno against light opposition and the
British X Corps landed on the coast, to the south east of Salerno under a
heavy naval bombardment, meeting significant opposition as its soldiers
fought their way inland.

It would appear likely that Frank was killed during these landings and that
his body was lost in the sea.   Many of those killed were buried in the
Salerno Military Cemetery that contains 107 unidentified burials.

Memorials found on:
Metro-Vickers (Trafford Park)
St. Michael's (Flixton)
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