Jonathan Charles GANDER, HMS Forte

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  1. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    I am looking for any information on how Jonathan Charles GANDER, age 34, met his death on 16th December 1940. His service number is D/JX192102. He was in the Royal Navy at HMS Forte which is the Falmouth Naval Base. He is buried in Gerrans Churchyard on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. I have photographed his headstone. The Navy Casualty List has him as "killed" as opposed to "died". I have seen the CWGC entry for him. Any information on how he died and came to be buried at Gerrans would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Phil

    There are no 'stories' or other explanations on Ancestry, the only offer is perhaps to obtain a copy of his death cert which might explain what he died of ??

    Name: Jonathan C Gander
    Birth Date: abt 1906
    Date of Registration: Dec 1940
    Age at Death: 34
    Registration district: Truro
    Inferred County: Cornwall
    Volume: 5c
    Page: 391

    I note from his birth cert he was born in Kent:

    Name: Jonathan Charles Gander
    Registration Year: 1906
    Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration district: Dartford
    Inferred County: Kent
    Volume: 2a
    Page: 626

    GANDER, Jonathan C, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 192102, Forte, 16 December 1940, killed

    Sorry I cannot be more help
  3. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    Thanks for your reply. The Death Certificate seems the best option. For him to be buried at Gerrans and his death registered in Truro he had obviously left Falmouth, one would assume on a boat, but I can't find any details in local records of anything happening that day in terms of air raids, action at sea, etc.

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