Marine James A Brander
As a farm
worker Sandy would have been in a protected occupation but volunteered
to join The Royal Marines some time before reporting for duty at Glasgow
on 30th October 1939. He then travelled by train to begin squad training
at Portsmouth ( probably Eastney Barracks). He was posted to Chatham
Barracks on 4th December 1939 where he was passed for duty on 11th May
1940 as a member of 375th King's Squad. The names Kings Squad, National
Service and Hostilities Only were terms used to define the squads origin.
Kings Squad were regular Marines.
On the day of his death in 19th General Hospital, Alexandria HMS Ramillies was involved in an action off the coast of Sardinia over 1200 miles away.
375th King's Squad
Chatham barracks, 1940
Sandy Brander circa 1939
Sandy Brander's Service Record
Photographs appear on this site by kind permission of his family.This section could not have been completed without the generous assistance of former Royal Marine 16460 Marine(D) Roger Copelin.
Vessel movements in the Med 27/11/1940