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William Ritchie Findley - d.1942 in action: buried, or not?

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William Ritchie Findley - d.1942 in action: buried, or not?

Posted: 1371138740000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Findley / Finlay
I wonder if anybody could clarify this for me:
Able Seaman William Ritchie Findley /Finlay, b. 1920, d. 28 Mar 1942,aged 22, member of the famous Raid on St. Nazaire, Normandy, on the HMS Campbeltown, part of Operation Chariot. I have found his name on a Royal Navy memorial in Plymouth and an entry in the Commonwealth War Graves with service number and name of parents. However, he is not buried with the others who died in the raid in the St. Nazaire cemetery, nor can I find any entry of death / burial anywhere else. I have already asked for his service records, but meanwhile this query nags me: if his body is not in St. Nazaire, maybe a) there was nothing left to bury, or b)he died on the way back home, but where is he, or c) he died already here, but again, where is he buried. I'm inclined towards a). What do people think? Thanks for any help!
Patricia.
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