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Name: Bernard SACCO
Casualty No.: Ranks: Trooper (Wireless Operator) Initials: B Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 20
Unit: 23rd Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: "Loreto", Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Tuesday 27th June 1944
Place of Death: Bayeux, France.
Battle/Campaign: Normandy campaign, France, 1944.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. France and Germany Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
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Family Details:
Son of Doctor Joseph Albert, and Catherine Sacco, of "Loreto" Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brothers: Peter, Frank and David. Sisters: Dorothy and Mary.
Notes : Bernard was educated at St. Agnes Roman Catholic. School, Crawcrook, St Joseph's College, Dumfries and St Mary's College, Middlesbrough. He was a keen member of the Crawcrook Scout movement and took an interest in the local boys clubs, especially William Cocks's Boys Club which was situated near Ryton School. The Sacco family were well known throughout the district of Clara Vale, Crawcrook, Greenside and Ryton, with Dr Joseph Sacco and later Dr Frank Sacco serving the communities for many years. It is known that Dr Joseph Sacco attended many an injured miner down the pit and certainly his name appears on death certificates issued during World War 1 to local soldiers who returned home and died as a result of injuries attributed to the war. Dr Joseph Sacco was also president of the Crawcrook Ward of the penny a week Red Cross Fund. Dr Frank Sacco was a member of the local social clubs and was often seen during his leisure time having a pint and playing dominoes with the retired miners.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour, 1939-45. Blaydon Courier, 21st July 1944. Information from family members.
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