James Rattigan was the son of Thomas and Mary Rattigan, of Huddersfield, he enlisted in The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (The West Riding), and volunteered for airborne forces.
His brother Driver E Rattigan , RASC, was killed in action on 9 September 1944 and is buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Italy.
Sergeant Rattigan successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway and was posted to A Company, 3 Platoon, 8th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, and took part in operation Overlord (Normandy).
Sgt Rattigan was killed in action on 20 August 1944, age 31, and was buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
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