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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 MC 2 Commando
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.
 

CLARKE, Alfred John Douglas

Gnr Clarke was killed in action at Sarande.

No 2 Commando War Diary entry:  " 9th Oct'44. Sarande - 3 troop moving round left flank come upon enemy positions suddenly. Heavy spandau and rifle grenade fire. Capt. Parsons MC is hit. Lt Coyle takes over but is hit in the leg. Moves forward again but is killed by grenade."

COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

Cpl Cox, 1 troop,  died of wounds he received during a raid on the village of Grohote in the island of Solta.

The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 23rd March 1944 states "Cpl. Cox, wounded in the Solta raid and who died of his wounds the previous evening, was buried in the British Naval Cemetery, Vis."

COYLE, James Albert

Lt Coyle was killed in action at Sarande. 

No 2 Commando War Diary entry:  " 9th Oct'44. Sarande - 3 troop moving round left flank come upon enemy positions suddenly. Heavy spandau and rifle grenade fire. Capt. Parsons MC is hit. Lt Coyle takes over but is hit in the leg. Moves forward again but is killed by grenade."

CRAIG, Robinson Ostle

Pte Craig was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery with details that relate to his death. The document states he "was killed in action on the 11th September at Dragon La Hill, near Vietri, and buried at Dragon La Hill on the 12th September." It states the grave was marked with a cross, however there is no known grave for Pte Craig and he is remembered with honour on the Cassino Memorial.

CRIPPIN, Ronald

RQMS Ron Crippin 2 Commando
Ron Crippin, then a Corporal in the HQ troop, took part in the raid at St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447 and was evacuated back to the UK.  He was awarded the BEM ( Military Division) "in recognition of distinguished services during the raid". (1)
 
He had previously seen action with 2 Ind. Coy., in May 1940 at Bodo, Norway, as part of Scissor Force. (2)
 
He received a MiD for " gallant and distinguished services in Italy" whilst RQMS with No 2 Commando.(3)

DAVIES, Ronald John

Cpl Davies was killed in a training accident.

The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 27th March 1944 states "Cpl. R.J. Davies (No 2 troop) accidentally killed from a rifle shot whilst instructing a Squad."

His brother 3909503 Private Douglas James Davie, aged 22 and serving in the Welch Regiment, died on the 25th December 1943 and is buried at Ancona War Cemetery.

DAVIES, Wyndam Francis

Fus Davies, 6 troop, was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our gallery that gives details of his death. He was "killed in action at Dragone Hill Salerno. " It goes on to state" Buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs Regt., on the forward slope of hill. " It also adds " ( see 1612571 Pte Burns. C.) "

DAY, Arthur Frank

Pte Day was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery with details that relate to his death. The document states he "was killed in action on the 17th September at Piegolelle (aka Piegolette), Italy." It also states he was buried there with 2 others.

Click  here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the MC  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of Lt. Col. Newman's HQ party on board MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493
St Nazaire Society website.
 

DE NOBRIGA, Derek John

Sgt. Derek De Nobriga, No 2 Commando, was awarded the DCM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured.

DEAKER, George James

LBdr Deaker, 5 troop, was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

George Deaker joined No 2 Commando during the period in Italy when they sought replacements from those serving in units in North Africa. George volunteered from the Royal Artillery. His Commando training after selection would have taken place in Italy. (Source: Eric Buckmaster 2 Cdo.5tp)

DRURY, Charles Henry

Pte Drury, 2 troop, was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery with details that differ in date to that shown on the CWGC database. The document states he died on the 14th September of wounds received at Dragone Hill, Vietri, on the 12th September.

Click  here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.

ELLWOOD, William Cyril

CSM Elwood was awarded the DCM for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy".
(Source: Supplement to the London Gazettes of 11th Jan 1944 published on the 13th January 1944).
 

The action resulting in his award took place on the 13th September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno. At the time he was a Lance Sergeant and he was wounded during this action. Post war Bill emigrated to Australia.

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