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John Bell Burke – age 22 – Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. Quebec, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Mentioned in Despatches for actions during the D-day landings. (Source: London Gazette 10/11/1944 p.36794)

HMS Quebec was the shore base part of the No.1 Combined Training Centre at Inveraray in Argyllshire. Its role was to train army and navy service personnel in small landing craft amphibious warfare. (Source: combinedops.com)

Born 1923 in Eastwood, Lanarkshire. (Source: GRoS – Birth Register)

Son of William and Harriet Bell Burke of 121 Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow E1 and of Largs, Ayrshire. (Source: Glasgow WW2 Roll of Honour and CWGC)

Died on Service on 15 May 1945.

Commonwealth War Grave – Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Netherlands.