Private Eric Lake

10 Sep 1943

Eric Lake, son of Robert and Lily Lake and husband of Eunice Lake, of Droylesden, Lancashire, enlisted in The Welch Regiment. He later transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Lake attended parachute course 40 at RAF Ringway on 1 to 11 December 1942 and was posted to 127 Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC. He later 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 Pte Lake.

Pte Lake died at sea on 10 September 1943, aged 24. He is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial.

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