D-Day - 75 Stories: Leading Seaman Allister Austin

Leading Seaman Allister Charles Austin was 23 years old on D-Day.

Originally from Newfoundland, now part of Canada, he was serving with the Royal Navy during Operation Overlord as part of the Landing Craft Obstacle Clearance Units (LCOCU).

                                                             Jill Austin Taylor


Leading Seaman Austin and his unit were some of the very first troops to land on D-Day.

It was their task to blow up the obstacles and mines laid by German forces on the landing beaches, to clear the way for Allied landing craft and vehicles.

This is a low-level aerial reconnaissance photograph taken of the Normandy beaches before D-Day, showing the German defences.

Courtesy of the Council of the National Army Museum


It was vital work which, according National Army Museum research, enabled
83,115 troops to land in the British and Canadian sectors of the Normandy coastline.

Around 24,970 of them landed on Gold Beach.

This is where Leading Seaman Austin went ashore, on King Sector, as part of No.3 LCOCU.

                                                                                                 Courtesy of the Council of the National Army Museum


Leading Seaman Allister Charles Austin was killed on D-Day, whilst clearing obstacles and is buried at Bayeux War Cemetery.

He will be named on the British Normandy memorial. 

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