1 Cdo. Roll of Honour

The Fallen from No.1 Commando

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

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ALEXANDER, John MacAlister

No 1 Commando
Fusilier John Alexander died during operations in North Africa.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/55.
RWF Enlistment Registers Ref 8613s RWF Museum.
 
Notes 
Middle name spelt as on CWGC record. Spelt as McAlister on Enlistment Register above.
 

BAKER, Albert

No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Albert Baker D.C.M., died during operations at Kangaw.
 
2 years earlier he was awarded the DIstinguished Conduct Medal (Immediate)  for gallantry in North Africa whilst a Lance Corporal.
Recommendation

BARNES, Norman Alfred George

No 1 Commando
Trooper Norman Barnes died of wounds in North Africa [1].  At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Bizerte, Tunisia.
 
Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary 6-8 December 1942
6 Dec.1942 - Unit returned to TABARKA (under troop arrangements) from Operation
7 Dec.1942 - 1000 hrs, Church Service held in Market Hall in memory of officers and men killed on Operation; 1400 hrs, Arms and equipment check 

BEECH, James Frederick

No 1 Commando

Private James Beech,  HQ 3 Special Service (Commando) Bde., reported initially by the War Office to have died a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, died in Poona Hospital, India, a victim of infantile paralysis. [1+2]

On the 31st January 1945 he is listed as being wounded whilst with No 5 Commando. [3]

BLEAKLEY, Charles

No 1 Commando
Fusilier Charles Bleakley died by gunshot wound (instantaneous) at Bunarkaig, Achnacarry.  He was seen after death by Capt. J.E. Symondson RAMC, the Medical Officer at the Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC). 
 

COLEMAN, Harold James

No 1 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Harold Coleman died in Caernarvonshire and Anglesey Infirmary as a result of injuries received whilst rock climbing.
 
RSM Cann and three TSM's were amongst those in attendance at his funeral. 
(Source: National Archives WO 218/ 49,  No 1 Cdo War Diary Jan-Dec 1943.)
 

DAVIDSON, Douglas Malcolm

Capt.D.M. Davidson MC
No 1 Commando
Captain Douglas Davidson MC died of wounds sustained on the 14th March whilst leading a patrol and being engaged by the enemy. The location for the entry recorded in the War Diary shows Sidi es Siah. (Source: No 1 Commando War Diary March 1943.)
 
He was awarded the MC for his gallantry in North Africa. (Source: London Gazette Supplement 35987, page 1846.)
 

DURRANT, Sgt. Thomas Frank, VC

No 1 Commando

Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire.  He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. 

War Office 19th June 1945

For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun in H.M. Motor Launch ML 306 in the St. Nazaire raid on the 28th March, 1942. 

HUMPHREYS, James

No 1 Commando

Private James Humphreys died of wounds during operations in North Africa. He received a posthumous MiD for gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

Sources
CWGC
London Gazette Supplement 36180 page 4227.
 

KLONOWSKI, Theophilus Henry

No 1 Commando
Lance Corporal Theophilius Klonowski, Signal Section, died when Captain Craven's troop engaged an enemy patrol at approximately 0600hrs during operations at Beja, North Africa. 
 
Sources
CWGC
National Achives ref  218/49 - No 1 Cdo War Diary entry for 1st Jan. 1943.
 

LINES, Ronald James

Lance Corporal Ronald Lines 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Lance Corporal Ronald Lines , 6 troop, died during operations at Kangaw. More information is in the book Commando Diary written by his friend Tag Barnes.
 
Sources
CWGC
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book [view].
[Images] His nieces Marjorie Oxby and Jan Redmond.
 

LLEWELLYN, Fred

Corporal Fred Llewellyn 1 Commando
No 1 Commando

Corporal Fred Llewellyn died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.
Service Record 
17 January 1940 enlisted King's Shopshire Light Infantry.
27 April 1940 to No.9 Independent Company.
8 November 1940 to No.1 Special Service Battalion.
11 November 1940 promoted Lance Corporal
4 March 1941 to No.1 Commando.
5 May 1941 promoted Acting Corporal.
3 August 1941 granted war substantive rank of Corporal.
28 March 1942 killed in action.

LLOYD, Leonard

No 1 Commando

Private Leonard Lloyd is buried in the UK. [1]

His name is recorded in the Programme for the Winchester Reunion of No 1 Commando . This entry lists his name under " Killed or died of wounds as a result of action on the occupied French coast" [2]

Additionally his name is listed on the Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour database as killed in action. [3]

MORGAN, Harold Rees

Captain Harold Rees Morgan 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Captain Harold Morgan from Llanelly died [1] during operations at Bizerte Tunisia. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Africa." [2].
 
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 22 December 1942

MORRIS, Matthew Frank

No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Matthew Morris MM died during operations at Kangaw. He is mentioned in this report about the battle. [view]
 
LSgt. Morris was awarded the MM, and his later MiD,  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. 
 
Sources

SANDO, Thomas

No 1 Commando
Private Thomas Sando died in North Africa [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Bizerte, Tunisia.
 

Extract from the Marylebone Mercury - Saturday 03 July 1943

Commando Dies Of Wounds:- Private Thomas Sando, Welch Regiment, of No. 1 Commando, is reported to have died of wounds in Tunisia. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Sando. of 16 Rowan Road, Brentford, and late of Ealing Road, Brentford.[2]

TAYLOR, William Ronald

No 1 Commando

Fusilier William Taylor died of wounds inflicted at Kangaw. 

Sources
CWGC
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book [view].
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/88.

Note: Rank shown as Lance Corporal in Casualty List record. 

THURSBY, John Fortescue

No 1 Commando
Second Lieutenant John Thursby died after contracting Polio during his posting to the Far East with No.1 Commando.

In the  Troop Notes for 1 Cdo  Lt. Thursby was in 5 troop with Captain 'Dick' Turpin as their troop captain. Lieut. Thursby's death is mentioned in the "Third Jungle Book" issue No.8 date Sep 1945, in the No.5 Troop Notes section, page 26. - "The sudden passing of Lieut. Thursby was a great blow to the Troop we offer our sincerest condolences to his family on their great loss"

Sources
CWGC.

WALLIS, Reginald

No 1 Commando
Corporal Reginald Wallis died during operations at Kangaw. He received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.
 
There is a photo that may be of him in the gallery HERE.
 

WEBBER, Ernest George William

No 1 Commando
Private Ernest Webber died in India as a result of an accident whilst swimming.
 

Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary

Londa Astoli 12 May 1945.
Pte Webber (6 tp) who injured  himself whilst swimming died in C.M.H. Belgaum.
13 May 1945, 1500hrs
Bearers and Firing party provided by 6 tp for the funeral of Pte. Webber at BELGAUM.
 
Sources
CWGC
No 1 Commando War Diary May 1945 National Archives file WO/218/81.

WHELAN, Jack

No 1 Commando
Private Jack Whelan was initially reported missing, later presumed to have died of wounds during operations at Bizerte, Tunisia. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/68.
 

WILLIAMS, Frank

No 1 Commando
Private Frank Williams died during operations in North Africa.
 
Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary for 28 March 1943
Location: Djebel Choucha, Algeria. 
1600 hrs - Own troops shelled by our artillery ( Capt.Davies O.C. group 1 and 5 0.R.s injured.  1 O.R killed ). [1]
 
Sources
CWGC
War Diary - 1 Commando,1943, National Archives file WO 218/49.
 
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