Serjeant CHARLES ALFRED TICEHURST (photo added)

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Rank Serjeant
Forenames CHARLES ALFRED
Surname TICEHURST (photo added)
Initials C A
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Saturday, 24 June 1944
Age 27
Nationality Unknown
Residence or Entered Service From Unknown, UNKNOWN
Service Number 5381157
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 43 Reconnaissance Regiment (2/5 Battalion, The Glocestershire Regiment) (43rd Wessex Infantry Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location Panel 3.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph NO EPITAPH
Family Details SON OF EMMA TICEHURST, AND STEPSON OF SAMUEL SILVESTER; HUSBAND OF MARY ELIZABETH TICEHURST AND FATHER OF ANN.

Additional Information

 

 

Sergeant CHARLES ALFRED TICEHURST had one daughter, Ann, who was only 4 years old when he was killed.1

 

He was one of many men from 43 Reconnaissance Regiment who were killed on the 24th June 1944, when the ship they were being transported on was blown up by a mine.

 

The ship, Motor Vessel (MV) Derrycunihy Motor Transport Ship (MTS) T72, was anchored off SWORD Beach on the night of the 23rd June 1944. Weather conditions prevented the 600 men from 43 Reconnaissance Regiment disembarking that day. The following morning, the weather had improved and as the captain began preparing to move the ship, a German mine beneath the ship detonated. The DerryCunihy split in two. The forward section of the ship remained afloat but the stern section sank within a minute.

 

An amunition truck on the ship also exploded, and spilled oil and fuel ignited on the surface of the the ship and on the sea around the stricken vessel. 179 men from 43 Reconnaissance Regiment died, 167 of them were never recovered and are now commemorated on Bayeux War Memorial. It was the highest single loss of life off the Normandy beaches during the Normandy Campaign in 1944.2

 

 

 

 

Motor Vessel (MV) Derrycunihy Motor Transport Ship (MTS) T72,
after being hit by a mine explosion on the 24th June 1944.3

 

 

References
1. Information kindly provided by Lisa Mackay-Fougere, ganddaughter of Serjeant CHARLES ALFRED TICEHURST.
2. Compiled by Carl Shilleto
3. Photograph kindly provided by Anne Smith, daughter of Trooper SIDNEY COLE.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph:  
Additional photographs provided by: Carl Shilleto and Anne Smith, daughter of Trooper SIDNEY COLE.
Additional information provided by: Lisa Mackay-Fougere, ganddaughter of Serjeant CHARLES ALFRED TICEHURST and Carl Shilleto.

 

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Ann MacKay

In loving memory of my Dad who never returned home.

On Sunday, August 3, 2014