Saturday, 27 August 2011

Rest in Peace, Eric and Tom
It is with great sadness that we have to record the passing of two of the Chariot Commandos - Eric de la Torre, MBE, and Colonel Tom Sherman, OBE, VRD, DL, lost to us within days of one another.

Eric, a Lance-Corporal from 3 Commando and RAOC, was carried to Saint-Nazaire on board ML262, which vessel was destroyed by enemy fire forcing Eric and many others to swim to the shore, where they were taken prisoner. Tom, then a Troop Sergeant-Major, King's Regiment and 4/2 Commando, was on board ML446 when she was hit and damaged to the point where she had to make a run for the open sea. I was fortunate enough to have interviewed both men, and feel it a privilege to have have known such generous and self-effacing individuals.

Defecit omne quod nasciture......