No 2 Commando

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

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.

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DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt. Day was the Adjutant of No 4 Independent Company, and became Adjutant of No 2 Commando. He was in Lt. Colonel Newman's HQ party at St Nazaire on MGB 314  and taken prisoner after the raid. He was awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services" during the raid.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493.)
 

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.

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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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