No. 1062 Royal Navy (RNVR) HM LCG

Kenneth was born in Montgomery in 1923, the son of Harold Thompson Rogers and his wife Sarah Puah Towena Rogers, who lived at Oak Cottage, Old Gaol, Montgomery.

The record of the Navy List shows that Kenneth was promoted to acting sublieutenant on the 26th October 1943. There are no records relating to Kenneth’s was record prior to this date, or relating to his enlistment. His role was as a Landing Craft Gunner; a Landing Craft (see picture) has two guns, one of which would have been operated by Kenneth, and were equipped to carry up to 40 Marines, sailors, ammunition and stores.

It is very likely that he took part in the invasion of Normandy, which began with D Day on June 6th 1944 and continued for 84 days until the 29th of August.

D-Day, the day of the initial assaults, was Tuesday 6 June 1944. The allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on that day came from Canada, the Free French forces, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces also participated, as well as contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Most of the above countries also provided air and naval support, as did the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Sub-Lieutenant Rogers died on the 31st of July 1944, aged 20, and is buried at Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery, section M, row 12, grave 134A