CAN YOU HELP? Search for Bromley Royal Marine Richard Nunn, killed in battle for French village days after Normandy landings
PUBLISHED: 11:20 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:21 02 June 2017
Nearly two dozen allied men lost their lives liberating the village
An amateur historian is searching for any descendants of a 22-year-old Royal Marine commando who died liberating a French village from Nazi occupation.
Bromley-born Richard Nunn was a lieutenant with the 46 Royal Marine Commandos, which landed at the beaches of Normandy on June 7, one day on from D-Day.
While in Normandy, the battalion, nicknamed four six, came across the village of Rots, which was being held by 12th Waffen SS unit, which comprised mostly of Hitler Youth combatants.
On June 11, a battle ensued to liberate the village from four years of Nazi occupation, during which 22 members of four six were killed, including Lt Nunn.
Now a descendant of one of the battle’s survivors is looking to track down pictures of each of the men who lost their lives to create a photographic memorial.
Amateur historian Jeff Hewitt described the unit as “a very elite band of brothers”.
“It’s hard to imagine, these men had to bury their fallen brothers and then keep moving in land to continue with the war,” he said.
“A plaque was put up in the village to celebrate the lives of those men who helped liberate the village, even the schoolchildren are taught about the battle to this day.
“I go over there most years for a memorial service, and with the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the battle coming up in 2019, I want to present the mayor with pictures of each of the men who have died, so people can see the faces of these young men.”
So far, Mr Hewitt has found 19 pictures of the fallen, but he is still searching for Lt Nunn’s and two more.
He added: “I’m just hoping there’s a relative of his out there with a box of old pictures we might be able to use, it would be a shame to have to use a silhouette next to his name rather than a picture of him.”
Richard Geoffrey Nunn’s next of kin was listed as his father, Henry Joseph, who lived at 107, Farnaby Road in Bromley.
His mother was Ada Nunn, and he enlisted into the service in March 1941.
To help Mr Hewitt in his search, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01869 356082.