Serjeant ERIC SPIERS (photo added)

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Rank Serjeant
Forenames ERIC
Surname SPIERS (photo added)
Initials E
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Sunday, 11 June 1944
Age 25
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From Unknown
Service Number 6344028
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 3 Commando
Regiment/Unit attached to 3 Commando
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location IVA. C. 4.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE YOU LOVE IS NOT TO DIE. LOVING MEMORIES. MAMIE
Family Details SON OF JOHN AND DAISY SPIERS; HUSBAND OF MARY STEWART SPIERS, OF LARGS, AYRSHIRE.

Additional Information

 

 

ERIC SPIERS met my aunt whilst in Scotland on Commando training, romance shortly followed.  This was evident in his conduct sheet as he was charged with going absent without leave (AWOL) as he wanted to extend his leave a little bit. My aunt told me that they would often go into the hills in Largs with his revolver and shoot home made targets.
 
ERIC SPIERS was also wounded in action in Italy, where he was shot in the groin area. Shortly after they married (a month) Eric deployed on Operation OVERLORD, the D-Day Landings and was killed in action on the 11th June 1944. A few weeks later his best man Private ALBERT WILLIAM FREDERICK ROBBINS 72278 of the Somerset Light Infantry (attached to 3 Commando)  travelled to Mary's house in Largs and presented her with Eric's wedding ring. Shortly afterwards he returned to France and on the 20th August 1944 was killed in action.
 
My Aunt Mamie (as she was known as) never married or found love again as she didn't want anyone other than Eric she died peacefully on the 18th December 2011.1

 

 

Serjeant ERIC SPIERS.

 

 

References
1. Additional information and photographs, unless otherwise credited, kindly provided by Alan Johnstone, nephew of Sergeant ERIC SPIERS.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Alan Johnstone, nephew of Sergeant ERIC SPIERS.
Additional photographs provided by: Carl Shilleto
Additional information provided by: Alan Johnstone, nephew of Sergeant ERIC SPIERS.

 

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