Sick Berth Attendant ARTURO FANCONI

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Rank Sick Berth Attendant
Forenames ARTURO
Surname FANCONI
Initials A
Place of Birth POSCHIAVO, GRAUBUNDEN, SWITZERLAND
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Wednesday, 28 June 1944
Age 38
Nationality Swiss
Residence or Entered Service From Unknown
Service Number C/MX 554517
Force Royal Navy
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Navy
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron His Majesty's Ship (HMS) Odyssey
Military Honours and Awards ALBERT MEDAL (AM)
Place of Burial/Commemoration BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location II. G. 16.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF GIULIO AND ANNA FANCONI, OF ILMINSTER, SOMERSET.

Additional Information

 

 

An extract taken from the London Gazette records the following:

 

'On 28th June, 1944, Fanconi was summond to help men wounded by mines at Quineville in Normandy. He at once ran almost half a mile and went though what later proved to be a field of anti-personnel mines to reach them. He applied tourniquets and bandages; then, with help, carried two patients out of the drive which was the scene of the incident.

 

This was a tiring and difficult task as it entailed hugging a wall all the way. Fanconi was on the more dangerous side thoughout. While the rescue party were considering how best to help a third man who lay some distance within the minefield, another mine burst beneath the rubble on which they stood. This killed one helper and wounded Fanconi and another. Despite this, Fanconi tried to collect his scattered medical kit and to help his comrade. He had to crawl to do so, and was in great pain. In his attempt, he exploded a further mine which blew off one of his feet. The explosion hurled him into the air, and when he fell set off a third mine which severed his other foot. A corporal made every effort to help him, but the kit was now of little use and Fanconi could not be saved.

 

All who had witnessed his selfless courage, his speed and skill in giving aid to others, all the while exposing himself to immediate danger, were inspired by his great example.'

 

 

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Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
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Additional information provided by: Vittorio Bettelini.

 

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