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1 Cdo Bde HQ War Diary Jan-Mar 1945

This section contains a transcript taken from the War Diary covering specific periods. It is a basic transcript for private research and educational use only. Whilst we always endeavour to achieve accuracy, we acknowledge that there may be dates and/or entries missing, and other possible errors, The actual War Diaries can be found at the National Archives in Kew.

1 Special Service Bde Signals Troop War Diary June-Sept 1944

This section contains a transcript taken from the War Diary covering specific periods. It is a basic transcript for private research and educational use only. Whilst we always endeavour to achieve accuracy, we acknowledge that there may be dates and/or entries missing, and other possible errors, The actual War Diaries can be found at the National Archives in Kew.

ADAMS, F.

Private
Special Service Brigade

Post war member of the original Commando Association with whom they lost contact. Last known address: Walsall, Staffs. [Source: CA Lost Legion 1]

ARMITAGE, James

Sergeant
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant James Armitage died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

ASH, A.H.

Sapper
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers

Sapper Ash, HQ 1 Special Service Brigade, was wounded 6 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

BAILEY, Arthur Charles

Gunner
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Artillery
Died in the UK

Gunner Arthur Bailey was found dead on Westhampnett Lane Chichester, a road leading to Goodwood.  Ambulance men at the scene found that he had fractured his skull and it was later ascertained that he had fallen from a lorry in which he was a passenger.

BAILEY, Norman

Private
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Private Norman Bailey served in 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade HQ. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cheshire. 

Sources

Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.

BIRKS, Victor, J.

Private
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Private Victor Birks served in 1 Commando Brigade Headquarters. Post war member of the Commando Association from Limehouse, London.

Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 109 (Sept.1999).
 

BLISSETT, Harry Harold

Maj. Blissett 2 commando
Major
No 4 Independent Company
No 2 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Harry Harold Blissett served as a Captain in No 4 Independent Company and No 2 Commando. He was appointed Brigade Major in the 1st Special Service Bde in preparation for DDay.  In 1945 he received a MiD for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe[1].
 
Source

BROWSTER, F.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Browster, 1 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded 29 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe. 
 
Sources
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/92.

BUGG, Alfred John

Alfred John Bugg 1 Commando Brigade HQ
Private
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Alfred Bugg served in HQ, 1 Commando Brigade.
 
Sources
Picture in gallery  No.1 SS Brigade HQ - o/s the Quartermaster Store.
Comment posted to picture by his son Phillip Bugg.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 64 issued March 1977.
 

CARRUTHERS, William, J.

Known as: 
Bill
William Carruthers Brigade Signals
Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman William Carruthers, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded during operations in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Dundee.

CASSEY, Norman Walter

Grave of LCpl Cassey Commando Brigade Sigs.
Lance Corporal
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Norman Cassey, 1 Special Service Bde. Signals, died during operations at Le Plein Normandy when the HQ was heavily shelled and mortared.
 
Sources
CWGC.
War Diary 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [more...].
 

CHRISTIE, Thomas John

Lieutenant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Cross (MC)
29 November 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Royal Signals. Awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe during March 1945.
Citation

CHRISTOPHER, Robert William

Corporal Robert Christopher
Corporal
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Robert Christopher, HQ 1 Commando Brigade, was awarded the Military Medal (Periodic) [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services over a prolonged period during operations at Agnone in Sicily, Bova Marina and Termoli, and at Amfreville, Normandy [2].

CLUBE, Gordon Murray

Lieutenant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Lieutenant Gordon Clube served in 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [1].
  • 11 November 1939 (Private) (Artists Rifles) commissioned Second Lieutenant [2].
  • 3 February 1944 relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt [3].

COX, Graham

Corporal
Brigade Signals
38v (Welsh) Divisional Signals T.A.

Corporal Graham Cox served in 1 Bde Sigs Troop Jan ’43 – Feb ’44; and 2 Bde Sigs Troop Feb ’44 - Nov ‘45. 

DAVIES, Norman

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Norman Davies, 1 Commando Brigade Signals, was killed in action during operations in Germany. At the time of his death 1 Commando Brigade were engaged in operations near Wesel.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DE JONGHE, Arthur Jules Charles Baudoin

Arthur de Jonghe 10 Commando
Arthur de Jonghe
Captain (later Major)
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
No 10 Commando
General List
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Bronze Star Medal (USA)
Temporary Captain Vicomte Arthur de Jonghe, a French speaking Belgian national, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was a Liaison Officer embarked on board motor launch ML446 and was evacuated back to the UK after the operation [1]
  • Captain De Jonghe is listed in the Personnel Files of the S.O.E [2].

DONNELLY, Terence Alfred

Captain (Temporary)
No 3 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Terence Donnelly, General Staff Officer (GSO 111) 1st Special Service/Commando Brigade HQ [1], was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the allied crossing of the River Rhine to capture Wesel.

DYMER, John, C.

Known as: 
Jack
John Dymer 1 Brigade Signals
Corporal
Brigade Signals

Corporal John 'Jack' Dymer served in 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association residing USA. 

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.

EAST, Gerald Thomas

Corporal
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Corporal Gerald East, No.4 Commando, was wounded 6 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France [1]
Also served in No.3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade [2].
In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 72 Ridley Road, Forest Gate, London, with his wife Edna [3].
 

FISHER, Frank, W.

Lance Sergeant
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Lance Sergeant Frank Fisher, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. He remained in service after the war serving in Germany and was a member of the Commando Association.

FORSHAW, Alan

Company Quartermaster Sergeant
No 4 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Army Service Corps

Sergeant Alan Forshaw, No.4 Commando and 1 Special Service Brigade, was wounded 20 June 1944 during operations in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Doncaster.

FUSSELL, Peter Lincoln

Peter Fussell 1 Special Service Brigade
Private (later Major)
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Private Peter Fussell served in No 4 Commando, 'F' troop, and took part in operations at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. Later that year he moved to 1 Special Service Brigade HQ (Clerks) [1] and [2].
 
Post war he was commissioned and retired as a Major in the R.A.O.C. 
 

GLASER, Kurt Joachim

Served as : 
GRIFFITH, Keith James
Grave of Lt Griffith 10 Commando
T/Captain
No 10 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds

Kurt Joachim Glaser served in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, under the name of Keith James Griffith.  He was shot and killed by a sniper during operations with 1 Special Service Bde. to cross a railway bridge over the River Aller near the town of Essel.

GOLDSCHLAGER, Kurt Theodor

Served as : 
CLARKE, Kenneth Edward
Known as: 
Teddy
Kurt Goldschlager 10 Commando
Corporal
No 10 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Pioneer Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Kurt Theodor Goldschlager being of the Jewish Faith served under the alias of Kenneth Edward Clarke. Born in Vienna, Austria he was one of four brothers, Kurt, Erich, Paul, and Robert. Their father Julius was an architect, who died of natural causes in 1940, and their mother was Irene, nee Von Mangold, who was transported from Izbica, Poland, to Auschwitz and murdered there.

GOW, Sidney John

Known as: 
Syd
Lance Corporal
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman Sidney Gow, 1 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded 29 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Selly Oak, Birmingham. They record his final rank attained as Lance Corporal.
 
Sources
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/92.

GROSSER, Charles Jackson

Charles Grosser 1 Commando Brigade
Sergeant
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Sergeant Charles Grosser was assistant chief clerk on Lord Lovat's staff in 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade HQ. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Duncan Grosser (son).
Commando Association newsletter 76 (March 1983).

HAAS, Francis

Lieutenant
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
17 US Airborne Division
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Haas, United States 17 Airborne Division attached to HQ 1st Commando Brigade, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallantry during the Rhine crossing at Wesel.
Citation

HOARE, J

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Hoare, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 10 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

Notes
Possible photo in the Brigade Signals photo gallery.
 

HOPSON, Donald Charles

Donald Charles Hopson
T/Major
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusilers, Royal Armoured Corps
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Second Lieutenant Donald Hopson was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers which later converted to an armoured unit of the Royal Armoured Corps. He served in No 3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade in both Italy and NW Europe . His last rank whilst in the Commando was Temporary Major.
 

HUGHES, J.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Hughes, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 23 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

INGHAM, R.E.

Craftsman
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Post war member of the Commando Association with whom they lost contact. Last known address Morley, Leeds.
 
Source
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.
 

JONES, W. Emlyn

Known as: 
Taffy
Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Served in the Brigade Signal Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Source
Commando Association newsletter 31 issued September 1960. 
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 issued September 1995.
 

LANGTON, R.H.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Langton, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 23 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Liverpool.

LOVAT, Lord

Birthname: 
FRASER, Simon Christopher Joseph
Known as: 
Shimi
Brigadier
No 4 Commando
Lovat Scouts
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Justice of the Peace (JP)

Lord Lovat first enlisted in the Scots Guards in 1932, leaving the army in 1937. Two years later at the outbreak of war he rejoined the Army in the Lovat Scouts. Lord Lovat was part of a small but elite group of men who formed the idea of a Special Training Centre, agreed on the location, and devised and implemented a course of training once it was approved.

MCGREGOR, A.M.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman McGregor, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded on 8 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Inverness.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.
 

MILLS-ROBERTS, Derek

Brigadier
No 6 Commando
Irish Guards
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches

Born in 1908; educated at Liverpool College and Oxford University; worked for his father's firm of solicitors, 1935; joined Supplementary Reserve of Officers, Irish Guards, 1936; joined 1 Bn, Irish Guards, 1939-1942, and served in Norway; transferred to special services No 4 Commando, 1942; took part in Dieppe Raid, Aug 1942; Lt Col, 1943; Commanding Officer, No 6 Commando, North Africa, 1943;

MOORE, Thomas John

Lance Corporal
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Lance Corporal Thomas Moore served in 1 Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Poole, Dorset.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
 

NAYLOR, Frederick Thomas

Frederick Naylor RM Engineer Commando
Marine
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines

Enlisted 17 April 1941. Served in 1 Engineer Company RM and 1 Troop of the RM Engineer Commando with attachments to HQ Special Service (Commando) Group and  HQ 1 Commando Brigade. Commando service from August 1943 to January 1946. 

NEALE, Peter Walter James

Captain Peter Neale
Captain (Acting Temporary Lieutenant Colonel)
RM Engineer Commando
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Captain (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Peter Neale RM, 1st RM Engineer Commando attached to 1 Commando Brigade [1+3], was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and great devotion to duty whilst operating with the allied army in North West Europe [2].
 

NORTON, James Albert

Known as: 
Jimmy
Jimmy Norton 1 Brigade Signals
Signalman (later Lance Corporal)
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman James Norton, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals, was wounded during the Normandy landings  on 6 June 1944. He received a 21st Army Group Certificate for Gallantry. Post war resided Hunstanton Norfolk and was a well respected member of the community as seen in the newspaper obituary below.

PAIN, Nigel

Sergeant
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Sergeant Nigel pain served in HQ, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade and also at the Commando Basic Training Centre. Post war member of the Commando Association from Corfe Mullen, Dorset.
 
Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.

POLLOCK, John, S.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
1 Special Service Brigade Signals. Wounded 16 August 1944 Bois de Bavant Normandy. Post war member of the Commando Association from Appleton, Oxfordshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletters 98 and 102.
War Diary (see Linked Content below).

POTTAS, Donald

Signalman
No 6 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Donald Pottas, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals attached No.6 Commando, died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.

Casulaty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79.

RAMSEY, J.

Private
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Army Medical Corps

Attached to HQ 1 Special Service Brigade 1944.

Source
Army Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

SANDERSON, B.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Sanderson, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Source
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

SHARPE, Thomas Cyril

Known as: 
Cyril
Pte Thomas Sharpe 1 Commando Brigade
Private
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-
Private Thomas Cyril Sharpe, Intelligence Section, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade HQ, designed the memorial at Amfreville, France, honouring the Fallen from his Brigade.
Also served in No.4 Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

SMALLMAN, William Alan Wynne

Lieutenant (later Brigadier)
No 3 Commando
Special Service Brigade
Royal Army Service Corps
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Served as staff officer with Royal Army Service Corps in France and Belgium, 1940; served with No 3 Commando in GB, 6/1940-1/1942 including Operation Claymore, the raid on the Lofoten Islands, Norway, 4/3/1941 and Operation Archery, the raid on Vaagso Island, Norway, 27/12/1941; served as staff officer with Headquarters, Combined Operations, Headquarters, 1st Special Service Bde and Headquart

SMITH, Anthony, D.C.

Known as: 
Tony
Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
No 4 Commando
Intelligence Corps
Lieutenant Anthony Smith was the Intelligence Officer for No. 4 Commando at Dieppe, and later Brigade Intelligence Officer, rank Acting Captain, 1st Special Service Brigade HQ at Normandy.
 

SPENCER, Paul

Acting Temporary Captain (later Major)
47RM Commando
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Captain Paul Spencer had served with the Commando since its formation in August 1943. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service whilst Adjutant during an assault on a gun battery at Walcheren on the 2nd November 1944. He also served in 1 Commando Brigade. Final rank attained Major.

SPILLER, Reginald Stanley

Private
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Private Reginald Spiller served in 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade HQ. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Dorset. 

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.

SUMMERHAYES, Arthur James

Sergeant
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Arthur Summerhayes, 1 Commando Brigade HQ, died at the 22nd British Field Dressing Station, Germany. At the time of his death 1 Commando Brigade were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Issel. 

WALKER, Alan

Lance Corporal
Brigade Signals
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Lance Corporal Alan Walker served in 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Camberley, Surrey.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 105 issued September 1997.

WALKER, J.E.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals

1 Special Service Brigade Signals. Wounded 16 August 1944 Bois de Bavant Normandy.

Sources
War Diary (see Linked Content below).
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.

WHEELER, George Russell

Lt George Russell Wheeler MM
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

George Wheeler, a pupil of Godolphin School, Wiltshire, graduated as a BSc from Exeter University. He married in 1941. After enlistment he volunteered for the Commandos and was attached to No 2 Commando

WHITE, Robert, M.

Corporal or Sergeant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Brigade Signal Troop.
Post war 1946, residing in Buenos Aires Argentina.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 3 (rank shown Cpl.).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001 (rank shown Sgt) (address Southwell, Notts).
 

WRIGHT, D.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Private D. Wright, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was reported wounded and a prisoner of war on 6 June 1944 during operations in Normandy France.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

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