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ROBERT AIRD

SERVICE NO. 7928998

Army: Corporal

Royal Armoured Corps

22nd Dragoons

A Squadron

DIED: 06 June 1944

AGE: 23

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

22nd Dragoons were equipped with Sherman flail tanks which were used to clear minefields and help create routes that other vehicles could use to exit the beach. Troops from the regiment landed on two different beaches around H-Hour on D-Day.

'B' Squadron landed on Mike sector, Juno Beach, while 'A' Squadron and two troops of 'C' Squadron landed on Queen White and Queen Red sectors, Sword Beach. He landed on Queen White sector. His tank had successfully cleared a route off the beach, and then returned to the beach where he was killed by a sniper.

MEMORIAL LOCATION: Column 3

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