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.
No 2 Commando
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
Gnr Boon, 1 troop, was killed during the action at Splije, Albania.
Pte Bowman was in No 2 Commando 5 troop and was killed in action at Salerno.
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.
LCpl Brighty, 2 troop, died during Operation Healing 11, the action at Spilje Albania.
LCpl Briscoe, 1 troop, was killed during operatios at Lake Comacchio.
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.
Lt Brunswick was killed in action at Salerno
LCpl Bryan, 4 troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 267.
LSgt Buckby, 1 troop, was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
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.
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.
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."
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. ) "
Rfn Burns, 6 troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 268.
Cpl Cameron died whilst No 2 Commando were based on the island of Vis in June 1944 and were taking part in operations against Brac, and other German held islands.
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."
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
Lived in Gillingham post war
LBdr Chudley was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.
After a brief spell as 2i/c No 5 Commando, the then Major Churchill moved to 2i/c No 3 Commando. Shortly after Lt Col Newman was taken prisoner at St Nazaire in 1942, Major Churchill was promoted Lt Col. to replace him as OC No 2 Commando. Lt Col Churchill remained OC until he was also taken prisoner in 1944.
An account by Bob Bishop No 2 Commando from his history of No 2:
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