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HUNTER, John Edmund

Lance Corporal John Hunter, 5 troop, was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. He "was killed in action at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 " and that he "was buried by the 6th Yorks and Lancs. Location not known."

Click  here to view the document:  Casualties and Missing.

HUTTON, George Francis

TSM George Hutton DCM 2 Commando

TSM George Hutton, 1 troop, was awarded the DCM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. [1]

On the 22nd February 1945 it was announced that he had receieved a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. [2]

IMRIE, Ian

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

JACKSON, Joseph (LSgt)

Lance Sergeant Joseph  Jackson DCM 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 was awarded the DCM for "gallant and distinguished services in the field." [Source: LG Publication date: 13 March 1945, Supplement: 36983, page: 1427]

JACKSON, Joseph (Pte)

Private Joseph Jackson was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. He held a temporary or acting rank of Lance Corporal. He was killed in action  "on the 17th September 1943* at the bottom of Marine Hill, Piegolette (Piegolelle) Village", and that he was originally buried " Between house (map ref 694323) and bottom of Marine Hill, 7 yards East side of House."

JENKINS, Samuel Leslie

Captain Samuel Jenkins was killed at Solta.  

Two entries from the No.2 Cdo War Diary:   4th March 1944 at Vis - "Captain S.L. Jenkins departed with Lt McMenamin to Solta to recce for proposed raid";  8th March 1944 at Vis.  "Lt McMenamin returned with the news that Captain Jenkins had been wounded and captured by the Germans on Solta." 

The memorial cross at St David's Church, Llanarthney Carmarthenshire,  is inscribed to the memory of Captain Jenkins.

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Captain, Biography

Type: Booklet
Author: Carol Kerr, Mrs Desiree Roderick MBE
Year of Publishing: 2011
Keywords: 2 commando, joe houghton, musketoon,

Titled : So Fine and Honourable an Englishman

An account about Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson - Houghton MC , who was known simply as Joseph Houghton,  who served in No.2 Commando. It was written for The Colditz Society by Carol Kerr, with information provided by Capt. Houghton's sister, Mrs Desiree Roderick MBE, reproduced here with the permission of the author Carol Kerr, Mrs Desiree Roderick MBE, and The Colditz Society. 

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Joseph Blundell

Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson - Houghton MC was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He is generally referred to as Joseph Houghton. The family often used the shortened surname of 'Houghton' . 

He took part in Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire, being i/c of the protection squad for the demolition team on ML443. This was one of only 3 m/l's that would make it back to the UK. Later he was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

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

Private Martin 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

Lance Bombardier David 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

Private Frederick 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 Frank 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

Bombardier Peter 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.

MITCHELL, Ronald England

Ronnie Mitchell 2 Commando
T/ Major Ronald Mitchell, No 2 Commando HQ, was awarded the MBE (Military Division)  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy during operations at Lake Comacchio. [1]
 
On the 16th February 1951 it was announced that he had been awarded the Territorial Efficiency Decoration. [2]
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37274, page 4672

MORGAN, Francis Cecil

Lance Corporal 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.

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.

MOSS, Alan

Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was killed during the raid at St. Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 267.

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)

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