Wyatt, Frederick George


War Service:
Second Lieutenant FREDERICK GEORGE WYATT of the 9th Field Regiment Royal Artillery died on 6 May 1942, aged 22.

He died during Operation 'Ironclad', which took place in May 1942. The objective of this operation was to seize the large naval base and harbour of Diego Suarez and saw the first amphibious assault undertaken by Commonwealth forces in the Second World War. This base and harbour had become of strategic importance to the Axis powers and, later, Japan after the fall of France in 1940, as Madagascar was in Vichy French hands and lay across the Allied lines of communication in the Indian Ocean. His unit landed on 5 May as part of second wave. The landings were initially unopposed but resistance stiffened and before the defenders eventually surrendered the invasion force sustained 105 killed and 283 wounded.

He is buried in Diego Suarez War Cemetery, Madagascar.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered in the Brockley County School Book of Remembrance, on the war memorial at Christ Church, Forest Hill and on the memorial to 91 and 139 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery in St Swithun’s church, Hither Green..

He was the son of Alfred and Alice Wyatt of Forest Hill.


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