Corps of Military Police

Cap Badge of the Corps of Military Police (King George VI)
Soldier Details:
Surname: Matthews
Initials:   R.
Rank:   Lance Corporal
Army No.:  4449767
Notes:   HE WAS BORN IN NORTHUMBERLAND AND RESIDED IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE AND FORMERLY SERVED IN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY. 18/1/44 TWO NCO's (L/CPL's MATTHEWS AND WOODHOUSE) FROM ONE SECTION 10 CORPS PRO COY(115 PRO COY) ATTACHED TO THIS UNIT (56 LONDON DIV PRO COY) KILLED BY SHELLFIRE WHILST ON TCP DUTY. CPL SMALLEY W BADLY WOUNDED IN LEFT ARM BY SHRAPNEL. WAR DIARY WO170/3551. ALSO 17/1/44 R GARIGLIANO. HEAVY MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES TO FORWARD POSITIONS. ROAD UNDER HEAVY SHELLING. ENEMY SHELL EXPLODED AT TCP, CASUALTIES CAUSED 4449767 L/CPL R MATTHEWS AND 4984624 L/CPL WOODHOUSE KILLED.112 PRO COY WAR DIARY WO170/3551. 115 WAS PRO COY FOR 10 CORPS. INSCRIPTION ON GRAVESTONE: THO' WE ARE APART YOU LIVE IN OUR HEARTS. RIP.

Casualty Details:
Date Killed: 17th January 1944
Company: 115 PRO COY
Cemetery: MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY   ITALY
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