Dieppe Raid Commemoration

On Sunday 19th August 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White joined local dignitaries at Shanklin Chine to a Service of Remembrance to commemorate the Dieppe Raid on 19th August 1942.

The 40 Royal Marine Commando took part in the first major amphibious raid on the French coast at Dieppe.  The day did not go well. There were many casualties and some 40 men swam out to sea to be rescued.  The Second-in-Command, Major Houghton and others, were unable to leave the beach and continued to fight until all ammunition was expended and they were taken prisoner.

Before the raid on Dieppe, Shanklin Chine was used by 40 Commando Royal Marines for daily training.  The Headquarters was established at Upper Chine School and the Commando was billeted in Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor.

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