William Sparks plaque in Loughton

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Marine William Sparks DSM (1922-2002) "Cockleshell Hero" Bordeaux 1942 was born here

William Edward "Bill" Sparks DSM (5 September 1922 – 1 December 2002) was a British Royal Marine Commando in World War II. He was the last survivor of the "Cockleshell Heroes"; a team of commandos who paddled 85 miles from the Bay of Biscay up the Gironde River to Bordeaux German-occupied France, to plant limpet mines on merchant ships supplying the Nazi war machine.

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