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75. Robert GREER [3724] (Mary Jane MOORHEAD45, Thomas21, Matthew12, Andrew8, Unknown5, Fergus3, Unknown2, William1) was born on Dec 12, 1907 in Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland, died on Nov 1, 1944 in Westkapelle Holland at age 36, and was buried in New Community Cemetery Oostende West-Vlaanderen Belgium.

General Notes: While Robert's Death Certificate states he died on January 01, 1944, it does not state where he died, only "On War Service";
but from the UK Forces War Records it states that he died on November 02, 1944.
Furthermore, his Death Certificate states he was a Sgt. (Ty), whereas the Forces War Record says he was a Sergeant, with no Comment about being Temporary.
If he died as per the Death Certificate, it would be prior to the Invasion of Europe in June 1944, as is believed by his Daughter, but in fact he died in November 1944, at the Attack on Westkapelle in Holland.
We now have complete Information provided by Richard Blyth, a Naval Rating who served on the same Vessel as did Sgt. Robert Greer at Operation Infatuate II.
Operation Infatuate II:
The Support Squadron Eastern Flank (SSEF) Force sailed from England on the 27th October 1944 to Ostend. SSEF consisted of 6 LCG(L)s and 2 LCG(M)s, 6 LCFs, 6 LCSs and five rocket craft, a force of 25 craft, there was also a small fleet of other landing craft including LCIs and LCTs that would take the commandos, second wave troops and amphibious vehicles, SSEF sailed from Ostend at 3.25am. In the early hours of November 1st 1944 Royal Marine commandos attacked at Westhopple [Westkapelle] in Holland as part of the Operation Infatuate to secure the Port of Antwerp to supply the Allies, the port was required as so rapidly was the Army advancing through Northern France and Belgium that supplying them was a problem.The assault by the SSEF had to be made in broad daylight at 9.15am, the weather was terrible, the planes were grounded that were going to support us. Warspite, Erebus and Roberts with their big guns were firing at the gun emplacements ashore but could not see the results. The spotter plane for them was also grounded owing to the bad weather. The SSEF plan was to split in two equal escort groups, one going south of the gap and one going north. The LCG(L)s were ordered to engage the Westkapelle Battery and went in firing.
As they passed a certain point some of the German guns opened fire to be joined later by the big guns at the Westkapelle main Fort. The enemy firing was heavy and very close, big shells being hurtled back in reply to our 4-7" Guns. Four LCT(R)S fired their 6" rockets at the beach head in batches. Each craft carried on its deck 1080 6" rockets, four craft like that could and did a lot of damage. Now it was crisis time in one of the most bitter and gallant battles of the war, as the first landing craft carrying the commandos headed for the gap in the Dyke the enemy batteries put up a devastating hail of fire. The two groups of SSEF craft were ordered closer in to draw away this fire by engaging the enemy guns at point blank range. LCG(M)102 beached down on the south side of the gap and engaged her target pillbox with her 3" guns and was immediately caught in a rain of shells at close range. Soon she had been hit several times and was on fire. Her crew got the fire under control but she was hit again and again, she was broken and burning on the beach. There were no survivors.
In the northern group LCG(L)1 (NOTE: Robert Greer served on LCG(L)1, as did the Author, Richard Blyth, R.N.) went in with her guns blazing independently and closed to 600 yards in spite of being hit three times by shells. Now she got hit several more times and then came the big one, a shell hit the bridge - there was a tremendous explosion. Our skipper, Lieutenant Ballard RNR, was wounded. The shell took the compass from his hand before it exploded then another shell blasted away the compass pedestal and voicepipe. All the officers were now wounded and the craft came to a stop with two dead and twenty wounded.
The survivors were rescued by LCS510. LCG(L)17 tried to take LCG(L)1 in tow, but the stricken craft sank. The skipper of LCG(L)17 Lt. Scammell received wounds coming to the assistance of LCG(L)1 of which he died. Out of the twenty-five craft in the SSEF a total of nine craft were lost and nine others badly damaged. Of the crews, 172 officers and men killed and 200 wounded.
Medals awarded:1 OBE, 1 DSO, 18 DSCs, 4 DSC (BAR)s, 1 DSC (2nd BAR), 2 CGMs, 27 DSMs and many others mentioned in dispatches.
This item is just a very small part of a gallant action by all who took part in this operation. If only it could do justice to all of the personnel involved but it seems such a puny effort on my part. There is so much that should have been written about Walcheren but as you say to anyone, how can you describe a craft that doesn't have a name, is flat bottomed, chugs along at about 10 knots, the regular navy regards them as kipper boxes.
One RN officer went so far as to say, "I would not take one outside the harbour." But the officers and men were second to none, we upheld the Royal Navy tradition for guts and tenacity. More should be written about Walcheren before the last of us cross the Bar. R Blyth LCG(L)1

CASUALTIES ON BOARD LCG(L)1 were:
1. CLARK, ROBERT, Royal Marines, posted Missing, believed killed, and
2. GREER, ROBERT, Sergeant (No. CH/X 3121), Royal Marines, buried at the New Community Cemetery at Oostende, Belgium.

Noted events in his life were:

Birth: Registration Number is U/1908/48/1007/102/22, born at 15 Dagmar Street, Dec 12, 1907, Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland.

Military Service: a Member of the Royal Marines, 1931 1944.

Residence: at Navy House, Clover Street at the Time of his Marriage, Sep 12, 1931, Chatham Kent England.

He was at 252 Pier Road with his Wife and 3 Children during the 1939 Registration at Gillingham Kent England.

Military Service: a Royal Marine Corporal, aboard the HMS Suffolk, Aug 1942.

Death: aboard an LCC [Landing Craft, Command], otherwise known as an Aphibious Command Ship, probably somewhere in the English Channel, Jan 1, 1944, Belgium.

Robert married Margherita Giuseppa Carla Maria Joanna WHITWORTH [3725], daughter of John William WHITWORTH [4363] and Giuseppa Lorenza Antonia ETHERIDGE [113332], on Sep 12, 1931 in St Michael the Archangel RC Church Ordnance Place Chatham Kent England. Margherita was born on May 7, 1911 in Senglea Malta and died Sep Q 1990 in Swale Kent England at age 79. Another name for Margherita was Margaretta Josephina Carola Mary Joan WHITWORTH.

General Notes: In an e-Mail received from Joyce [Pickering] Trousdale in July 2018, she mentioned:
a Margaret Whitworth was a Resident in a Navy Orphanage. This Margaret was born circa 1904, so is probably not "our" Margaretta.
The "Alternate" Name for Margherita is the Name she used when registering the Birth of her Daughter Margaret Mary Teresa Eileen.

Noted events in her life were:

Residence: at 5 Sawyer's Place, Old Brompton Road at the time of her Marriage, Sep 12, 1931, Gillingham Kent England.

Occupation: a Chambermaid at a Hotel at the time of her Marriage, Sep 12, 1931, Gillingham Kent England.

She was living at 252 Pier Road with her Family [although some Members are redacted from the Record] at Gillingham Kent England at the Time of the 1939 Registration.

Children from this marriage were:

   84    i. Robert J GREER [3726] was born 3 Qtr 1932 in Tendring Essex England.

+ 85    ii. Margaret Mary Theresa Eileen GREER [3508] was born on Aug 24, 1934 in Chatham Kent England.

   86    iii. Patricia M GREER [3727] was born 3 Qtr 1937 in Medway Kent England.

Patricia married John SCOTT [3729].

+ 87    iv. Mary M GREER [3728] was born 4 Qtr 1941 in Chatham Kent England.

76. Brian FERGUSON [3673] (Mary Jane MOORHEAD45, Thomas21, Matthew12, Andrew8, Unknown5, Fergus3, Unknown2, William1) was born on Nov 8, 1916 in Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland, died in Jan 1991 at age 74, and was buried on Jan 28, 1991 in Carnmoney Crematorium Newtownabbey Belfast Northern Ireland. Another name for Brian was Brian FERGUSON.

Noted events in his life were:

Residence: at 20 Swanston Park at the Time of the Death of his Grand-Father, Nov 10, 1957, Glengormley Co. Antrim Ireland.

Brian married Matha JOHNSTON [118736], daughter of James JOHNSTON [118737] and Mary Jane LARMOUR [118738]. Matha was born on Jan 21, 1814 in Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland and died on Aug 12, 1988 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland at age 174.

Children from this marriage were:

   88    i. Rosemary FERGUSON [118741] was born in 1944 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

   89    ii. Linda FERGUSON [118739] was born in 1946 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

   90    iii. Alan FERGUSON [118740] was born in 1951 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

78. Samuel Willis MOORHEAD [114273] (Andrew48, Thomas21, Matthew12, Andrew8, Unknown5, Fergus3, Unknown2, William1) was born in 1914.

Noted events in his life were:

Residence: at 36 Ilchester Street at the Time of the Death of his Grand-Father, Nov 10, 1957, Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland.

Samuel married Sarah [118729].

The child from this marriage was:

   91    i. Andrew MOORHEAD [118730] was born in 1950.

80. Ada Everitt FAIRFIELD [114174] (Ada Everett MOORHEAD49, Thomas21, Matthew12, Andrew8, Unknown5, Fergus3, Unknown2, William1) was born on Jan 11, 1919 in Belfast Ireland, died on May 4, 1967 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 48, and was buried in Milltown Cemetery Falls Road Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland.

Ada married Joseph LEATHAM [114178] on Jan 22, 1944 in St Anne's Cathedral Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. Joseph was born in 1913 in Belfast Ireland and died on Apr 19, 1977 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 64.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 92    i. Maureen LEATHAM [114179] was born in Belfast Northern Ireland.

+ 93    ii. Edith LEATHAM [114180] .

   94    iii. Joseph LEATHAM [114181] was born in 1952 in Belfast Northern Ireland and died in 2003 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 51.


81. Thomas FAIRFIELD [114175] (Ada Everett MOORHEAD49, Thomas21, Matthew12, Andrew8, Unknown5, Fergus3, Unknown2, William1) was born in 1920 in Belfast Ireland, was baptised in 1920 in St Anne's Cathedral Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland, died in Aug 2010 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 90, and was buried in Aug 2010 in Roselawn Crematorium Crossnacreevy Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Noted events in his life were:

2nd Baptism: at St Mary's Saintfield Road, 1928, Belfast Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Thomas married Mary Angela CLARKE [114182]. Mary was born in 1920 in Dublin Co. Dublin Ireland and died on Oct 28, 2006 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland at age 86.

Noted events in her life were:

Death: at the Mater Hospital, Crumlin Road, Oct 28, 2008, Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 95    i. Thomas A FAIRFIELD [114183] was born on Sep 12, 1948 in Belfast Northern Ireland.

   96    ii. Gerald FAIRFIELD [114184] was born circa 1952 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Gerald married Kathy [114185].

   97    iii. Mary FAIRFIELD [114187] was born in Belfast Northern Ireland.

   98    iv. Noelle FAIRFIELD [114188] .

+ 99    v. Barry FAIRFIELD [114186] was born on Jun 7, 1957 in Belfast Northern Ireland.


82. Maureen FAIRFIELD [114176] (Ada Everett MOORHEAD49, Thomas21, Matthew12, Andrew8, Unknown5, Fergus3, Unknown2, William1) was born on Jun 7, 1928, was baptised on Jun 19, 1928 in Saintfield Co. Down Northern Ireland, died on Feb 19, 1995 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland at age 66, and was buried in Roselawn Cemetery Crossnacreevy Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Noted events in her life were:

Death: in the City Hospital, Lisburn Road, Feb 19, 1995, Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Maureen married Samuel TODD [114189], son of Samuel TODD [114190] and Martha Emma GORDON [114191], on Jul 9, 1949 in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The marriage ended in divorce. Samuel was born on Nov 25, 1928 in Belfast Northern Ireland, died on Jun 4, 1987 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 58, and was buried in Roselawn Cemetery Crossnacreevy Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 100    i. Samuel TODD [114192] was born in Mar 1950 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

+ 101    ii. Maureen TODD [114193] was born on Jun 24, 1954 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

+ 102    iii. Margaret TODD [114194] was born on Mar 28, 1960 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

+ 103    iv. Yvonne Heather TODD [114195] was born on Aug 12, 1962 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

+ 104    v. James TODD [114196] was born on Jan 28, 1964 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

83. Margaret Arlene MOORHEAD [123498] (Thomas53, Thomas21, Matthew12, Andrew8, Unknown5, Fergus3, Unknown2, William1) was born in 1948 and died in 2020 at age 72.

Margaret married GILMORE [123499].

The child from this marriage was:

   105    i. Tara GILMORE [123500] .


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