Alan James Radford son of James Truth and Dorothy Maud Radford, of South Woodford, Essex. He was awarded the Sword of Honour at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and Commissioned into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and then volunteered for airborne forces.
Lieutenant Radford successfully undertook parachute training at RAF Ringway, and was posted to 6th Battalion (10th Bn The Royal Welch Fusiliers) The Parachute Regiment.
He took part in the amphibious landings in Italy in September 1943, on board a mine layer, HMS Abdiel. Unfortunately, HMS Abdiel struck a mine in Taranto Harbour causing significant casualties and loss of life, including Lt Radford.
Lt Radford died at sea on 10 September 1943, aged 22.
His body was recovered and buried at Taranto Military Cemetery. He was later identified and re-interred in Bari British Military Cemetery on 20 October 1944.
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