No 2 Commando

BLACKWELL, Alun Trevor

In October 1939 Alun Blackwell enlisted with the South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers). When Independent Companies were raised he went with them as part of Scissorforce to Norway. He volunteered for the new No.2 Commando. Later he was handpicked from No.2 Commando for an SOE operation in Tunisa in 1941. 

BLISSETT, Harry Harold

Major 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."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36994, page 1558.)
 

BLOWER, Alfred

Pte Blower, 4 troop, died of wounds after the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. He died of wounds that he  "received at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 " and that he "died at 67 General Hospital CMF".*

Click  here to view the document:  Casualties and Missing.

* 67 British General Hospital was, at this time, located at Philippeville, Algeria

BRADLEY, Eric

Sgt Bradley was killed during the period when No 2 were a Para Commando unit.

He is not listed as a Commando on the CWGC database, however his name is on the Wesminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour.

BROOME, Richard Frank

Capt. Broome, OC 5 troop, was killed in action at Salerno.

Richard Broome volunteered from the South Lancs for the Independent Companies when they were raised. He joined No 4 Independent Company as a Lieutenant and saw action during an operation in Norway.  Later he embarked with a contingent from No 2 as part of Force X sailing for Gibraltar and Malta.

BUCKMASTER, Eric

Eric served in No 2 Commando 5 troop from mid 1942 until the Commando was disbanded in 1946. During the Salerno operations Eric was wounded and sent for medical treatment to North Africa. He returned to the unit in November 1943. 

Eric, aged 96, is still an active member of the CVA. Follow this link to read more of his Recollections.

His older brother Stanley Buckmaster also served in 5 troop, joining them when the Commando was reinforced after Salerno. 

BUCKMASTER, Eric, Memories of No 2 Commando

Over the last few years Eric Buckmaster, No 2 Commando, has been a wonderful help to this Archive by providing information in response to our many questions, not only about those who served with him in No 2 Commando 5 troop, but also in providing other more general information about events and places.
 
Eric served alongside his brother Stanley Buckmaster in 5 troop. Here are some extracts from a few of his responses.

BUCKMASTER, Stanley Owen

Stanley served in No 2 Commando 5 troop joining them whilst they were overseas after the Salerno raid.

His younger brother Eric Buckmaster also served in 5 troop.

When Stanley died the President of the Commando Association, Henry Brown, wrote this obituary which was published in Commando Association newsletter 110 of March 2000.

BUNN, Norman

Tpr Bunn, 2 troop, died of wounds in 11 Casualty Clearing Station, Brindisi, Italy.

He is mentioned in the No 2 Commando War Diary for the 31st July 1944, "3 members of the unit died of wounds in 11 C.C.S. Brindisi (L/Bdr McDougall, Pte's Miller and Bunn) on Sunday 30th July. They were buried this afternoon. The C.O. and Officers and Men of the Unit attended the funeral. The wounded in hospital were also visited."

BURN, Michael Clive

Capt. Burn, 6 troop, was awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished service during the raid at St Nazaire."  He was i/c of the commando contingent on board ML 192 and was taken prisoner after the raid.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493.)
 

BURNS, Charles

Gnr. Burns, 6 troop, was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our gallery with more details. He was "killed in action at Dragone Hill, Salerno." It goes on to say that he was "buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs on the forward slope of hill."  In the same document against the death and burial of Fus W. Davies it adds " (see 1612571 Pte. Burns. C. ) "

CAMPBELL, Norman Murray Priggen

L/Sgt Campbell was killed during the 6 week period in February/March when No 2 Commando were placed "in the line" in Italy under 5 Corps.

He is referred to in the diary entry for February 1945 of Victor Miller of No 2 Commando, "Mon 26th  Thing are pretty sticky, my mates in 3 troop are catching it, Bob, Brampton, Bill, Campbell, Jocko, Timber ...all dead."

CANT, Evelyn Arthur George

Cpl Cant was in 4 troop of No.2 Commando.

He attended Achnacarry as part of one of the Police Intakes being a member of Essex Police Force. There is a more about him in the No.2 Commando history section - The Men.  His last known rank in the Commando was Corporal.  From London Gazettes we know he was later posted to OCTU and commissioned as 2/Lt. on the 7th April 1945.  It is not known if he was still with the Commando at this point.  Source: London Gazettes 11 May 1945; Supplement: 37077; Page: 2506

CHEETHAM, Gerald

Fus Cheetham, Heavy Weapons Troop, died of illness whilst on active service in Italy.
(Source: CVA local record for No 2 Cdo.,  CWGC, and Stan Jones record of Ashton Grammar School former pupils.)
 
A former pupil of Ashton Grammar School, Gerald Cheetham joined the Metropolitan Police. In July 1942 he volunteered for one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos.
 

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