1 Cdo. Roll of Honour

 
The Fallen from No.1 Commando
Capt. J.M. BRADFORD
Capt. Sir. J.H. CROFT
Capt. D.M. DAVIDSON
Capt. H.R. MORGAN
Lieut. W.E. HALSE-HEARNE
Lieut. G.A. KNOWLAND
Lieut. A.A. PALMER
2/Lieut. J.F. THURSBY
WO2 CSM. H.J. COLEMAN
Sgt. T.F. DURRANT
Sgt. R.G. LANDER
Sgt. M.F. MORRIS
LSgt. W.R. ALDRIDGE
LSgt. A. BAKER
LSgt. C. CAMBLIN
LSgt. R.J. EVANS
LSgt. J.J. HORGAN
LSgt. F. LEWIS
LSgt. R.W. SEYS
Cpl. T.J. BENNION
Cpl. C.G. GOODWIN
Cpl. H. JONES
Cpl. F. LLEWELLYN
Cpl. R. WALLIS
LCpl. H.V. BAKER
LCpl. L.H.P. DRISCOLL
LCpl. J. DUMIGAN
LCpl. C.D. EVANS
LCpl. I. JONES
LCpl. T.H. KLONOWSKI
LCpl. R.J. LINES
LCpl. E.J. LLOYD
LCpl. S.J. LOAKES
LCpl. G.M. ROGERS
LCpl. H.G. RUSHTON
LCpl. S.C. WESTCOTT
LCpl. J.A. YOUNG
Pte. J.F. BEECH
Pte. D. BENTLEY
Pte. J.W. BOYCE
Pte. W.J. COMAN
Pte. T.A. DAVIES
Pte. V.G. DAVIES
Pte. H.G. DEARDEN
Pte. W. DUFFY
Pte. G.O. EATON
Pte. J. FITZSIMMONS
Pte. H.A. GEORGE
Pte. F.W.T. GROVES
Pte. R. HARVEY
Pte. J. HUMPHREYS
Pte. T. JONES
Pte. L. LLOYD
Pte. R.A. LOOKER
Pte. P. LUCAS
Pte. W.H. PHILLIPS
Pte. A. PLLU
Pte. G. REID
Pte. W.D. RITCHIE
Pte. J.T. RUDMAN
Pte. T. SANDO
Pte. G. SLAVIN
Pte. C. SUMMERHAYES
Pte. A. SUTHERLAND
Pte. C. TAYLOR
Pte. E.C. TOMBLIN
Pte. I.H. TUCKER
Pte. R.E. WATTS
Pte. E.W. WEAVER
Pte. E.G.W. WEBBER
Pte. J. WHELAN
Pte. F. WILLIAMS
Gnr. G.H. BAKER
Gnr. S.A. BALL
Gnr. G. BARTER
Gnr. J.G.A. BEANEY
Gnr. F.H. CLAY
Gnr. G. DICKSON
Gnr. L.P. GRAVES
Gnr. G.A. HITCHCOCK
Fus. J.M. ALEXANDER
Fus. A.A. ANDREWS
Fus. C. BLEAKLEY
Fus. S. CRAIG
Fus. E. EDWARDS
Fus. C.W. POWELL
Fus. W.R. TAYLOR
Fus. S.G.D. WEEKES
Fus. G.C. WILSON
Tpr. B.S.N. ANDERSON
Tpr. A.J. ANSELL
Tpr. H.H. BAGOT
Tpr. N.A.G. BARNES
Spr. J. HAMILTON

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


ANDERSON, Barrie Sherwill Norman

The cause of death of Trooper Barrie Anderson is not known to this archive.

At the time of his death where Trooper Anderson is buried was not yet liberated. This is  perhaps explained by the entry for Caserta War Cemetery in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) databse: "Some of those buried here died in the hospital, others as prisoners of war (there was a POW Hospital at Caserta) before the Allied invasion." 

From November 1942 No 1 Commando were in action against German and  Italian forces in North Africa after Operation Torch.

BAKER, Albert

Lance Sergeant Albert Baker DCM  was killed during operations at Kangaw. 
 
2 years earlier he was awarded the DCM (Immediate)  for gallantry in North Africa whilst a Lance Corporal.
 

Citation for DCM

BEECH, James Frederick

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

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

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
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.)
 

HUMPHREYS, James

Private James Humphreys was killed during operations in North Africa. He received a MiD for gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

Sources
CWGC
London Gazette Supplement 36180 page 4227.
 

KLONOWSKI, Theophilus Henry

Lance Corporal Theophilius Klonowski, Signal Section, was killed 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.
 

KNOWLAND, Lt. George Arthur, VC

Grave of Lieut Knowland VC

Lieutenant George Arthur Knowland was killed during operations at Hill 170, Kangaw. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Prior to this he was a Sergeant in No 3 Commando and took part in their action at Termoli in 1943. He was commissioned on the 23rd June 1944 and then joined No 1 Commando in the Far East. 

LLOYD, Leonard

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]

SANDO, Thomas

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]

THURSBY, John Fortescue

2/Lt Thursby contracted Polio after being posted to the far east with 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"

nb. The photo is from the Loretto School ROH.
 

WEBBER, Ernest George William

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.

WILLIAMS, Frank

Private Frank Williams was killed 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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