Blue plaque set to be unveiled at war hero Blondie Hasler’s family home

Major Herbert 'Blondie' Hasler
Major Herbert 'Blondie' Hasler
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THE ACHIEVEMENTS of Royal Marines Commando officer Herbert Hasler, one of the Cockleshell Heroes, will be commemorated this month.

A blue plaque will be unveiled at the family home of Hasler – who was known as Blondie – in Glamorgan Road, Catherington on October 17.

Blondie, who died in 1987 aged 73, was the commanding officer for Operation Frankton, a daring commando raid on German ships in occupied Bordeaux, France in December 1942.

Former SBS commando Lord Paddy Ashdown and Richard Spencer, deputy commandant of the General Royal Marines, will attend the plaque unveiling at 11.30am.

Commander Bill Evershed will give a talk on Blondie and Operation Frankton at Catherington Church Hall on October 9 at 7.30pm. For tickets, email