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SAM BRASSINGTON
Age:28
Rank:Private
Regiment:Black Watch
Unit:5th Bn
Date of Death:11/06/1944
Service No:2763297
Cemetery:
Hermanville War Cemetery
Grave Reference:4.D.11


Sam Brassington was born into a large family in Oldham in 1916. His father was also Sam and his mother was called Ellen. After joining the Black Watch,Sam found himself up in Brechin where he married Jessie Gibb in 1942.
The 5th Battalion Black Watch landed in France on D-Day,June 6th 1944,in the evening not in the original assault.
At 04:30 on June 11th they advanced on Breville with the intention of occupying and holding the village.Straight from the outset they were met with heavy opposition in the shape of machine gun and mortar fire and suffered heavy casualties.At 09:00 they were forced to withdraw and take up defensive positions.48 men of the 5th had been killed, including Sam Brassington.

The others to fall were:

ALLEN ALFRED 17    Private    14440602  SON OF MR. AND MRS. ALFRED ALLEN, OF SHEFFIELD.        
ANDREW JOHN RANKINE27 Captain 88125    HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH RANKINE ANDREW OF FIFE.                       
BOYLE EDWARD Private 2763452                                    
CAIRNIE  JAMES 25 Serjeant 2758659 HUSBAND OF STELLA CAIRNIE, OF DUNDEE.                                
CASWELL  JAMES 24 Private 7016132 SON OF MRS. J. E. CASWELL, OF ST. PANCRAS, LONDON.                                
CHALMERS JAMES  27  Lance Corporal 2755304 SON OF JAMES AND JESSIE CHALMERS, OF BRECHIN
CHALMERS ROBERT    25 Lance Serjeant 2756824 SON OF WILLIAM AND MARJORY CHALMERS, OF DUNDEE.        
CHRISTIE PETER    27 Corporal    2579250                                    
CLAZY ROBERT SMITH    36    M C    Lieutenant 184771 HUSBAND OF HELEN CLAZY, OF BALMALCOLM, FIFE.          
COSTELLO VINCENT 21    Lance Corporal 2829475 SON OF MAURICE AND ANN COSTELLO, OF GLASGOW.              
CRABB PHILIP STEWART 22    Private    2756855    SON OF NANNIE AND HUGH CRABB OF DUNDEE.                           CREE WILLIAM LAWSON    33    Private    2752423                                    
CROSS WILLIAM 32 Private 2762926                                    
CUCKOW CECIL SYLVESTER 39 Corporal 5946333 HUSBAND OF EGLANTINE CUCKOW, OF CLAPTON, LONDON.  
DEWAR GILBERT 21 Lance Corporal 2765801 SON OF GILBERT AND ROSE DEWAR, OF POLBAE, WIGTOWNSHIRE.  
DONALDSON KENNETH 19 Private 14634061 SON OF WILLIAM AND ANNIE MAY DONALDSON, OF ALLOA
FALCONER JOHN MERRYWEATHER 26 Corporal 2758320 HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH FALCONER, OF DUNDEE.          
FINK HENRY CHARLES ALBERT 31 Serjeant 2765444 HUSBAND OF CHARLOTTE FINK, OF RAINHAM, ESSEX.           GUTHRIE    JAMES 24 Private 3193230                                    
HAMILTON ROBERT 33 Corporal  2764561  HUSBAND OF BESSIE HAMILTON, OF LUSS, DUNBARTONSHIRE.               HARROLD  SINCLAIR 21 Private 14211638  SON OF ALEXANDER AND MARY HARROLD OF INVERNESS-SHIRE.       
HILLIER GEORGE EUSTACE 41 Lance Corporal 2765449                                    
HUTCHINSON   ROBERT THOMAS 24 Private 3654849                                    
IMRIE JOHN  27 Private 2759224  SON OF JOHN IMRIE AND JANE IMRIE, OF DUNDEE.                                
JACKSON ALBERT 30 Private 2762816 HUSBAND OF EMMA IRENE JACKSON, OF SEACROFT, LEEDS.                   
JENKINSON THOMAS 19  Private  14429835 SON OF JOHN AND ANNIE JENKINSON, OF HALSALL, LANCASHIRE.  
LOWRIE ANDREW 27 Private 3190326  HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH LOWRIE (NEE SANDERSON), OF ROXBURGH.       
MARTIN  ROBERT 28 Lieutenant 172300  SON OF WILLIAM MARTIN AND ANN MARTIN, OF MONTROSE, ANGUS.       
MAY  JOHN 34  Private 2765873                                    
MONAGHAN FRANCIS 24  Corporal 2985971 SON OF FRANCIS AND MARY MONAGHAN, OF STIRLINGSHIRE.           
MUNRO DAVID    32 Private 2763639 HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH MUNRO, OF WEST PILMUIR, EAST LOTHIAN.          
McCANN    WILLIAM DENMARK    27 Private    14225676                                    
McCLELLAN NORMAN 30  Private 2760944  SON OF GEORGE AND ISABELLA MCCLELLAN OF LANCASHIRE.          
McCORMACK JOHN DRURY 24  Private 3193846    SON OF NORMAN R. AND SARAH C. MCCORMACK, OF CASTLE DOUGLAS, KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE.                                
McLAY  WILLIAM MITCHELL FINDLAY    27 Private    2759406                                    
McLEAN GEORGE 27 Private 2763690  SON OF JAMES AND MARGARET MCLEAN, OF AYR.                                
McPHILLIPS  EDWARD  27 Private 2759443 SON OF THOMAS AND ANNABELL MCPHILLIPS, OF CULROSS, FIFE.       
OFORD HENRY 19 Private  14434072 SON OF ALBERT AND MARGARET OFORD, OF LONDONDERRY
PIMM LESLIE WILLIAM 27 Lance Corporal 13029389 HUSBAND OF LOUISA ALICE PIMM, OF BRIXTON, LONDON.       
POOLEY WILLIAM SIDNEY 19 Private 14649677 SON OF JAMES AND RACHEL POOLEY, OF BERMONDSEY
REDPATH    JAMES OLIVER 19    Private    14649689 SON OF BARBARA A. REDPATH, OF SUTTON, SURREY.               ROBERTSON JOHN 28 Private 2760293 SON OF JOHN AND ELSIE ROBERTSON, OF KINBLETHMONT, ANGUS.           SMITH JOSEPH DODDS 26 Private 2986569                                    
WATSON ALLAN Private 3133472                                    
WHITE GEORGE EDWARD 19 Private 14616160  SON OF ROBERT AND MARY WHITE, OF DOVER.                                WILSON THOMAS 29  Lance Serjeant 3194804 SON OF THOMAS AND HELEN WILSON, OF DUMFRIESSHIRE.          
WILSON THOMAS MALABURN  24 Private 10602162  HUSBAND OF ELSIE WILSON, OF DONCASTER, YORKSHIRE.