Private Richard George Abrahamowicz, who used the nom de guerre "Arlen" and "Arnold", was a soldier of the British Army who died during the Second World War.

He was born on 4 January 1923, in Austria, the son of Salmon and Berthe Abrahamowicz, later of Lancashire, England.

Abrahamowicz landed in Normandy on 6 June 1944 with 45 Royal Marine Commando, attached from "X" Troop, No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando - a unit composed predominantly of Jewish refugees. He died the next day while charging a German machine-gun position, which had refused to surrender to him, during an attempt by 45 Commando to capture Franceville-la-Plage.[1] His nominal parent unit was the Royal Sussex Regiment and he had formerly belonged to the Pioneer Corps.

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Bayeux Memorial.


  1. van der Bijl, Nick (2006), No. 10 Inter-Allied Commando 1942-45: Britain's Secret Commando, p. 29.


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