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PVT John P Deevy

PVT John P Deevy

Birth
New Jersey, USA
Death 20 Mar 1944
Sherborne, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Burial Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Plot G, 0, 7
Memorial ID 570085 · View Source
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In grounds of 228th Station Hospital, Haydon Park, Sherborne, Dorset, England, recovering mines after mine-laying exercise on 20th March 1944, truck rolled back over a live mine killing 29 members of C Company, 294th Engineer Combat Battalion.Remembrance plaque outside Sherborne Abbey.Witness in hospital "I was lying in bed when there was a huge explosion and I was blown off my bed. The other patients and I raced outside and we saw the carnage. Company "C" had just finished an exercise with mine laying and then picked up the anti-tank mines and placed them alongside a truck to be taken to a safe area until the next exercise. The truck accidentally backed up over some mines and about 90 mines exploded. The truck disappeared and 29 men were torn apart and their bodies were scattered through the trees. It was horrendous.


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PVT, US ARMY WORLD WAR II


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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 570085
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT John P Deevy (unknown–20 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 570085, citing Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .