Commandos - United We Conquer
Welcome to the homepage of the CVA website
The Commando Veterans Association (CVA) has developed this site in order to appeal to all those who have an interest in the Commandos. If you have earned the right to wear the coveted Green Beret and served with UK Commando Forces, or if you are a family member or a friend of the Commandos, you are as equally welcome to enjoy and hopefully add to our site. Please feel free to pay tribute, research or simply satisfy the curiosity that you may have about the proud history of the Commandos.
You can join our association as either a Full Member (Commandos) or Associate Member (families and friends). Simply download the relevant application form, complete it in full and pop it in the post as directed on the form. You will receive your membership pack including membership card and a copy of our most recent newsletter 'Dispatches' which includes information on the Association and planned events.
United we conquer
Looking for Information?
The Commando Veterans Association does not hold Service Records. If you are looking for any kind of specific information regarding the Commandos , whether on units, campaigns, equipment, insignia etc, or information on individuals who have served in the Commandos, then please visit our website forums. On registering you will be able to create a post in the relevant forum and add the many questions that you may have.
Follow this link for some Useful tips and links for research
Did you serve with 3 Commando Brigade ?
We are looking for photos and information from anyone who may have served with any element of 3 Commando Brigade. These would include Exercises, Operations, and Conflicts, that took place at any time from the end of WW2 to more recent times.
Some examples in no particular order, the Malayan Emergency, the Suez Crisis, Oman, Aden, Sarawak, Libya, Borneo, Northern Ireland, The Falklands, West Indies, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Congo Republic, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan. If you wish to help in registering your memories/memorabilia on our website then please follow this link to Contact Us
Whether you are thinking about a future career as a Commando, or simply curious about the training, you should make yourself aware of the origins of their training. This resume tells you how it all began, and developed into the present All Arms Commando Course. Included is a film about todays 'Pre Royal Marines Course', as well as another about WW2 Commando Training called "The Green Beret".
Follow this link to our section on Commando Training.
The Commando Veterans Association has an ongoing project to photograph the graves of the Commando Fallen. If you live near, or may be visiting close to, a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, and wish to help, please contact Pete here Contact Us
This would include WW2 and Post WW2 graves. Please advise us if you consider we need to be informed of anything about the condition of any grave.
View the albums already in our gallery: Commando Graves, Memorials, and Plaques
Click/touch the mage below to view names of those whose passing we have been informed of.
The Commando Prayer
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord Lovat Interview
This is an interview with Lord Lovat recorded in 1978 in Inverness before his attendance at a reunion of the Commando Association.
The first speaker is Henry Brown OBE who compiled this iterview onto a tribute tape for the Army Commandos.
Lord Lovat tells of some of his memories of D-Day as the Commander of 1 Commando Brigade who spearheaded the D-Day assault.
The tape was kindly donated by Ray Brooks son of Ernie Brooks No 4 Commando, implemented by John Mewett, and converted to MP3 by Mike Thomas at Yellow Wall studios Lockington Liecs.
Your browser doesn't support HTML5 audio, right-click here and "save as" to download the file and play.
Website report for 2014:
Main site updates this year to date:
January........Commencement of monthly report on Homepage of WW2 Commando History
February..... New Commando Training section added to Home Page menu.
February..... New Army Commando nominal rolls added to WW2 Commando section.
May............New Holding Album on the Photo Gallery to enable users to upload their own photos.
June...........Rolls of Honour for all RM Commandos added to the WW2 Commando ROH section.
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