Pages to see   

X61 Y 88 W 528 H 33

Gotts Surname Family History


HomeNewsStories War, Crime & moreAbout the nameFamilies

Eric William 2281 - #022

Eric William 2281 Gotts Royal Marines

The Dieppe Raid was an allied attack on the then German-occupied port and took place on August 19, 1942, and resulted in 3500 men out of 6500 being killed without achieving any objectives.

The map above is from this website: which looks at the aspects where the attack failed. It was clear that the Germans were ready for an attack because of the aerial bombing prior to them landing, and that the BBC had recently broadcast that civilians should move inland from the coast!

Eric was attacking Red or White beach, both of which were well-defended by machine guns, and they were trapped between the sea and the defended sea wall in crossfire from either side.

The soldiers were buried in the Canadian cemetery at Dieppe, Hautot-sur-Mer, on the hill behind the town.

C/o Library Archive of Canada

Evelyn Jenner tells the story of trying to get her uncle’s name on the Antingham War memorial in Stories 19

This is Hautot-sur-Mer cemetery looking North

This is Eric’s headstone:

PO/X2274 Marine E W Gotts

Royal Marines, 40 Royal Commando

19 August 1941 Age 23

“ Deep in our hearts

A memory is kept

Of one we loved

And will never forget”

Next page Next page