Major COLIN LEO BLISS (photo added)

Serviceman Headstone image Serviceman thumbnail gravemarker Serviceman thumbnail
Rank Major
Forenames COLIN LEO
Surname BLISS (photo added)
Initials C L
Place of Birth SANDY, BEDFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Date of Birth Saturday, 27 April 1907
Date of Death Monday, 10 July 1944
Age 37
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From BEDFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 253486
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 12 Parachute Battalion (6th Airborne Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location IA. B. 1.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF MR. JOHN WILFRED BLISS AND DORA AMY LOUISA BLISS (neé ANDREWS) OF SANDY, BEDFORDSHIRE. WIFE OF ANNE MAY BLISS (neé MOORE)

Additional Information

 

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission records state his rank as Captain, however, 2 obituaries (see images below) record his rank as Major, one stating that he was promoted in the field while in Normandy, France.

 

COLIN LEO BLISS was born on Saturday 27th April 1907 in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England, Unmited Kingdom. The 1911 census shows that he was living in Sandy, Bedfordshire. He attended Bedford School. In 1932 he was married in Bedford, Befordshire, to Anne May Moore.1

 

Captain COLIN LEO BLISS was commanding officer of A Company, 12 (Yorkshire) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps, He was wounded at le Mesnil, some 1.2 miles (2 kilometres) south-east-east of Ranville on Friday 7th July 1944. He died 3 days later on Monday 10th July 1944 from his wounds.2

 

 

COLIN LEO BLISS, 1943,
while serving in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment.
From Bedford School Memorial Book.

 

 

Obituary for COLIN LEO BLISS, undated.
From Bedford School Memorial Book.
Obituary printed below records he was promted to Major in the field.

 

 

Cross grave marker for Major Colin Leo Bliss, 1940s/50s.3

 

 

Police Constable COLIN LEO BLISS, undated.4

 

 

Sergeant COLIN LEO BLISS,
while serving with the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, undated.5

 

 

Daily Sketch newspaper article (incomplete),
by Leonard Mosely, 1944. 6
Believed to be reporting on COLIN JAMES BLISS, but named as Captain Charles K. Bliss.
No record has been found of a Captain Charles K. Bliss serving in the 6th Airborne Division in Normandy. 

 

 

Obituary, undated and unknown publication.7
Believed to be reporting on COLIN JAMES BLISS, but named as Captain/Major Charles Bliss.
No record has been found of a Captain Charles Bliss serving in the 6th Airborne Division in Normandy.

 

 

References
1. Additional information and photographs, unless otherwise credited, kindly provided by Mary Brennan, cousin of Major COLIN LEO BLISS.
2. Gale's Eyes. p.86. Private Publication, 2008. by Carl Rijmen,
3. Photograph provided by James Warick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS.
4. Photograph provided by James Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS. Also available at Airborne Assault Paradata website.
5. Photograph provided by James Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS. Also available at Airborne Assault Paradata website.
6. Newspaper Article provided by James Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS. Also available at Airborne Assault Paradata website.
7. Obituary provided by James Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS. Also available at Airborne Assault Paradata website.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph: James Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS.
Individual photograph: Mary Brennan, cousin of Major COLIN LEO BLISS and James Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS.
Additional photographs provided by: Mary Brennan, cousin of Major COLIN LEO BLISS, and James Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS and Carl Shilleto.
Additional information provided by: Mary Brennan, cousin of Major COLIN LEO BLISS and ames Warwick Bliss, son of Major COLIN LEO BLISS.

 

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS

If you can provide any additional information or photographs about this individual,

please email details and images (as high a resolution as possible please [i.e. 300dpi]) to:

fallenheroeswebsite@gmail.com or download our casualty information form

All contributors will be duly acknowledged

Book of Remembrance

Please feel free to leave your message of remembrance

To provide information or make enquires please email fallenheroeswebsite@gmail.com




What other people have said

bedford uk.

james warwick bliss

At the going down of the sun.and in the morning,WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

On Sunday, August 2, 2015
New Zealand

Mary Brennan

With gratefulness and respect. R.I.P

On Sunday, January 18, 2015
Caernarfon, Gwynedd, N. Wales

Liz Taylor

Dear Major, Your name stood out as my eldest son is Colin and I have a grandson called Leo. Rest in peace Sir.

On Sunday, January 18, 2015