Lance Sergeant John W Tanner

12 Jun 1944

John Walter Tanner was the son of Walter Bernard and Miriam Violet Tanner, of Stockwell, London, he enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers and volunteered for airborne forces.

Lance Sergeant Tanner successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 81 from 6 to 16 September 1943. His course report stated “Good NCO, reliable and steady jumper.” He was posted to 12th (10th Battalion the Green Howards [Yorkshire Regiment] Bn., The Parachute Regiment, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

L/Sgt Tanner was killed in action on 12 June 1944, aged 24, and was given a field burial at Breville, and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France on 5 July 1945.

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