Thursday, 2 December 2010
Photo of Private D.R. Hurley, 9 Para Batallion , 6th Airborne Division
This is Private Daniel Roderick Hurley, my uncle, who died in Normandy on the 7th June 1944.
Family members will see the resemblance of his brothers in the 19-year-old's face.
Known as Roddy (his father - my grandfather's - first name was also Daniel) it seems that he died of his wounds on the 7th, so may have been fatally shot or had shrapnel injuries etc. at the assault on the Merville Battery on the 6th, or received his fatal injuries the following day at the village of Hauger where 9 Para was faced with some form of 'Ostruppen' (volunteers from Poland/Russia/Turkmenistan - details unknown at present).
If family members, researchers, veterans etc. want to be sent a high resolution jpeg by email please drop me a line.
A special thanks to Uncle Pat and Aunty Mary (recently decamped to the wilds of Lancashire!) who supplied the hard copy of this photo.
Please say a prayer for the repose of the soul of Roddy Hurley.