No 2 Commando

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JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando

LSgt. Colin Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the MM in recognition of distinguished services during the raid on St Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown and was captured after the raid.

The death of Sgt. Colin Jones MM, of Huyton nr. Liverpool, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 67 issued September 1978.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

KILLEEN, Martin

Pte Killeen was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery with details that relate to his death. The document states his initial as 'J' and that he "was killed in action on the 10th September at Vietre Sul Mare (Map ref 614298)." It also states he was buried "in Orange Grove at back of school in Vietri (Map ref 618298).

Click  here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.

KING, David

LBdr King, 5 troop, was killed during the 6 week period in February/March when No 2 Commando were placed "in the line" in Italy under 5 Corps.
 
The War Diary records that he was killed during shelling that took place between 1110hrs and 1550hrs. In the same entry it records that LSgt Campbell was seriously injured later dying of his wounds during this shelling.
(Source: No 2 Cdo. War Diary 26th Feb. 1945.National Archives ref WO/218/82.)
 

LEES, Brian

Capt Brian Lees 2 Commando and CBTC

Brian Lees served as a Lieutenant in No 2 Commando and is included in pictures in our gallery of the officers at Gibraltar in 1943. At some stage after that he is posted to the staff at the Commando Basic Training Centre and is included in a 1945 photo of the Officers there.

Post war he settled in the 50's in Illinois, America, and is referred to as Doctor Brian Lees in Commando Association Newsletter 26 of March 1958. His death was announced in a later newsletter which additionally showed the fact he had served in the CBTC (CA Newsletter 56).
 

LYONS, Frederick James

Pte Lyons 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."

MASON, Frank Stanley

Lieutenant Mason held the temporary rank of Captain at the time of his death which occurred during the action at Vietri.

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. He was killed in action  "on the 13th September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno", and that he was originally buried by house at the top of the steps on the West side of Hill. Religious ceremony. Map ref. 606307." He was buried in a communal grave with LCpl Formoy and Pte Bennet D.

MCDOUGALL, Peter

Bdr. McDougall died of wounds in 11 Casualty Clearing Station in Brindisi, Italy. 

The No 2 Commando War Diary for the 30th and 31st July 1944 record some details of a visit there on the 30th after No 2 Commando had arrived at Monopoli, Italy, after their stay on Vis. This was just after the Commando raid at Spilje Albania on the 28th July 1944.

MORGAN, Francis Cecil

LCpl. Francis Morgan, No 2 Commando, was awarded the MM [1] 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. He was eventually  imprisoned at Stalag 344, Lamsdorf.

MORLAND, Peter Douglas

CSM Pete Morland 2 Commando
CSM Morland was awarded the DCM for his gallantry at Spilje Bay, Albania, on 28th/29th July 1944 during Operation Healing 11. He fought with No.2 Cdo in Norway, Scaletta, Salerno, and raids on the Dalmatian islands, remaining with them until the end of the war.
[Award source: London Gazettes Supp. 36730, page 4569.]
 

MORRIS, Herbert John

Signalman Herbert John Morris joined No 2 Commando in August 1942 from the Royal Corps of Signal. His trade had been a Lineman. No 2 Commando were based in Ayr at the time and he did his Commando training at Inveraray rather than Achnacarry. He was posted to 1 troop.

MORRIS, Luke John

LCpl Luke Morris was awarded the MM [1] 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. He was eventually imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.

NICHOLL, Joseph Edward Chancellor

Captain Nicholl MC

Commissioned 2/Lieutenant on the 23rd March 1941. [1] 

He joined the Commandos in 1942 subsequently becoming a Lieutenant in 6 Troop. After 6 Troop were amalgamated with 4 Troop he continued there until promoted Captain of 4 Troop. Later he took over as Captain of 5 Troop being awarded his Military Cross during operations at Lake Commachio [2].

O'BRIEN, Richard

LSgt O'Brien, 2 troop, was one of the Commandos who returned from Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447.
 
6 months later he was one of the ten Commandos who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. LSgt O'Brien evaded capture after the successful raid and made it back to the UK.  He was awarded the DCM for his actions during this raid.
(Source: LG Publication date: 5 March 1943, Supplement: 35929, Page: 1118)

PARKER, Charles Alfred

LCpl Charles Parker 2 Commando

LCpl Parker was killed whilst taking part in intelligence gathering operations from Malta.  Landing from submarines of the 10th submarine flotilla utilising folbots they would gather information and be picked up later.

LCpl Parker was on board HMS Upholder when it sailed from Malta on the 6th April 1942. During a recorded interview with Sgt William 'Tan' Rudge DCM, himself one of the No 2 Commando intelligence gathering force, he states "Charlie Parker died after the sinking of the sub Upholder."  The submarine was assumed sunk after contact was lost on the 14th April 1942.

PARSONS, George Alexander

Captain Parsons MC was killed 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."

PEACHEY, Frederick

Fred Peachey MM and bar
LSgt. Fred Peachey served with the Independent Companies and No 2 Commando. He was a Private in 4 troop,  and later a Lance Sergeant later in 1 troop.
 
The then Corporal Peachey was awarded the Military Medal for "Gallant and distinguished services in Italy". 
 
LSgt. Peachey was later awarded a Bar to his Military Medal for "Gallant and distinguished services in Italy". 
 
His death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 82 of March 1986.

PETERS, David Robert

Maj David Peters MC and bar 2 Commando
Trooper David Robert Peters, a Cadet from the 102nd Officer Cadet Training Unit, was commissioned 2nd Lieut. on the 9th March 1940. [1]
 
He was attached to No 2 Commando from at least January 1943. [2]
 
On the 15th March 1945 it was announced that T/Captain Peters had been awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. [3]
 

PHILLIPS, Albert Henry

Cpl. Phillips was serving with the new 11 Special Air Service Bn. , formerly 2 (Parachute) Commando, at the time of his death. This unit was the forerunner of the later Parachute Regiment.
 
He died as a result of an accident in training whilst at STC Lochailort.  His death is recorded as "Multiple injuries. Accidentally killed by falling over precipice. Instantaneous."  The death certificate records the Adjutant at STC Lochailort as the informant.  

PROCTOR, John David

John David Proctor 2 Commando
Commissioned into the Camerons (1st Liverpool Scottish)  on the 10th February 1940,  2/Lt Proctor first volunteered for the Independent Companies joining No 4 Ind.Coy. In February 1941 he was a Lieutenant in 5 troop, No 2 Commando
 

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