PALMER, Donald

No.5834741, Lance Corporal, Donald PALMER
Aged 29

142nd Regiment (7th Suffolk Regt.), Royal Armoured Corps
Killed on Active Service on Sunday 21st February 1943

Donald Palmer was born on 28th January 1914 (Newmarket Q1-1914 3B:835), son of George and Lillie PALMER (née ROWE), of Fordham, father a grocer's assistant.
He married Ivy Florence FLEET (Cambridge Q4-1939 3B:2069).
In 1939 he was a shopkeeper, assisting his parents at the Corner Shop (junction of Market Street and River Lane)

142nd (Suffolk) Regiment RAC was formed on 22 November 1941, by the conversion to the armoured role of 7th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, a war-raised infantry battalion. In common with other infantry units transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps, all personnel would have continued to wear their Suffolk cap badge on the black beret of the RAC. The establishment of a tank regiment being smaller than that of an infantry battalion, there were 161 men surplus to establishment who were transferred to other units, including 53 and 59 Battalions Reconnaissance Corps, the remainder going to 30 Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

On the 1st February 1943, the 142 Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps (Churchill tanks) landed at Algiers as part of 1st Army. Seven of the unit were killed that day, all are named on the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donald Palmer is commemorated on the Medjez-el-Bab, Tunisia, face 6
and commemorated on the Roll of Hour of Sham Grammar school

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