Rifleman JAMES WESLEY TROTTER

Serviceman Headstone image Serviceman grave marker serviceman image
Rank Rifleman
Forenames JAMES WESLEY
Surname TROTTER
Initials J W
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Friday, 07 July 1944
Age 20
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From ARMAGH, COUNTY ARMAGH, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 7047440
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Ulster Rifles
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 1 Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (6th Airborne Division)
Secondary Regiment/Unit 5 Battalion, Parachute Regiment (not deployed in Normandy)
Regiment/Unit attached to 1 Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (6th Airborne Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location Panel 18, Column 2.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph NO EPITAPH
Family Details SON OF JAMES B. AND FANNY J. TROTTER, OF ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND.

Additional Information

 

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission records1 state his unit as 5th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. However, 5 Battalion, Parachute Battalion did not serve in Normandy. The Royal Ulster Rifle unit history 'The Rifles are Here' record him as Rifleman JAMES WESLEY TROTTER in the Roll of Honour for 1 Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles.2 This Roll of Honour also states that he was killed while serving with the '5th Parachute Battalion'. A detail that It is assumed has been taken from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission records.

 

JAMES WESLEY TROTTER is named on Bayeux War Memorial (Panel 18, Column 2) under Private for the Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.3

 

As 5 Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps, did not serve in Normandy, it could be that the error in the records is a typographical error (and could have meant to state either: one of the battalions that did serve in Normandy - 7, 8, 9, 12, 13;  or should have stated 5th Parachute Brigade - instead of Battalion). Alternatively, his records had been lost or damaged and it has been assumed he was serving with the Parachute Regiment.

 

As a person with the same name and service number, has been identified as serving with 1 Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (6th Airborne Division), until further evidence is available, JAMES WESLEY TROTTER will be named as Rifleman JAMES WESLY TROTTER 1 Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (6th Airborne Division) on the Fallen Heroes of Normandy Archive. If anyone can provide any additional information, please email fallenheroeswebsite@gmail.com.

 

References
1. As of January 2015.
2. 'The Rifles Are Here' 1st & 2nd Battalion's The Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War, by David Orr & David Truesdale. Pen & Sword Books 2005. p.209.
3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission online archive.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph:  
Additional photographs provided by:     
Additional information provided by: Carl Shilleto and Richard Grayling.

 

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