No 2 Commando

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PARKER, Charles Alfred

LCpl Charles Parker 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Charles 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.

PARSONS, George Alexander

Captain George 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]
 

PRATT, Victor H.

Corporal Vic Pratt 2 Commando

Corporal Vic Pratt served in 5 troop of No 2 Commando.

The death of Cpl. Victor Pratt (2 Cdo) of Troon, Ayrshire was announced in Commando Association newsletter 83 issued September 1986.

Image Source: His daughter Yvonne McCulloch.

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
 

ROBERTS, Harold

Private Harold Roberts 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Harold Roberts, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was wounded and taken prisoner of war.

RODERICK, John Morgan

Lieut. John Roderick MC, No 2 Commando
On the 1st July 1939 the then Private Roderick received his commission as Second Lieutenant.  After volunteering for the Commandos he joined No 2 Commando 3 troop. During the St Nazaire raid he was OIC of an assault party amongst the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.
 

ROY, Donald William

Captain Donald Roy DSO

The then Private Donald William Roy (late Cadet, Fettes College Contgt., Jun. Div., O.T.C.). received his commission into the Liverpool Scots TA on the 17th June 1939. He was mobilised in August 1939 and posted to the 2nd Battalion. He volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No 3 Platoon,  No 4 Independent Company. In May 1941 he and the rest of No 4 Ind. Coy sailed as part of Scissor Force to Norway (Operation Avonmouth).   When they returned he was posted to 'B' Coy. No 1 Special Service Bn.

RUBIN, Leonard

Lance Sergeant Leonard Rubin was killed during the action at Salerno.

In 1943 he was serving as Corporal in the Heavy Weapons Troop. See photos in the main gallery. The CWGC have him listed with his war substantive rank of Corporal, however he is shown on an original document in our Salerno War Cemetery gallery titled Casualties and Missing as Lance Sergeant which is likely to have been a temporary or acting rank.

RUDGE, William Francis

Sgt Rudge, 5 troop, was awarded the DCM for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy". The action resulting in his award took place on the 13th September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno.
 
Earlier in 1942 he took part in intelligence gathering operations from Malta.  Landing from submarines of the 10th submarine flotilla utilising folbots to gather information and be picked later. The IWM hold a recording of an interview with him (available to listen to via their website)  where he describes this and other actions.

SCHOFIELD, Dudley Raymond

Lieutenant Dudley Schofield was awarded the DSO [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 OFLAG IX A/Z Rotenburg An Der Fulda.

SCHOLEM, Robert

Driver Robert Scholem was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio.
 
Driver Robert Scholem also took part in earlier operations on Solta. Reference is made to him being from Germany although his parents are shown on the CWGC database as living in Belgium. Follow this link to our No 2 Commando History section.
 
Surname seen spelt on an image in the No 2 Cdo. gallery as Sholom.
 

SHARP, Peter

Lance Corporal Peter Sharp 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Peter Sharp, 5 troop, was severely wounded during the last few days of action in Italy. He remained a patient from that day until he died of his wounds at Carstairs Military Hospital in 1947. *
 
A former Miner from Musselburgh, he had served with No 2 Commando since at least 1942. He served in 'B' Section of 5 troop whilst they were in Ayr. **
 
Pte. Eric Buckmaster of 5 troop adds the following:

SIMS, Richard William

LCpl Richard Sims MM 2 commando

Whilst a Lance Corporal in 2 troop Richard Sims was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful evasion from capture, making his way back to the UK via Gibraltar after the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.

SMITH, James

LCpl James Smith

Lance Corporal James Smith was killed during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. "Killed in action at Dragone Hill,  on the left flank North of Jaconti. Buried 20 yards past T junction (Map ref. 600310) from Dragone to Padacouni, and 20 yards in from the road, ie. South on the left hand side. Map ref. 600309. Marked with a steel helmet but occupier of house some 20 to 30 yards away knows exact location."

SMITH, Miller

Sergeant Miller Smith 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.

There is a photo of Sgt Smith in the main gallery, and one in the CVA Memorials and Plaques Album of the Memorial Plaque at Sachsenhausen to these and other men who were executed there.

nb. It is believed that Sgt Miller Smith held the temporary rank of CSM, his war substantive rank being Sergeant.

STILWELL, Michael William

Captain Stilwell MC 2 Commando
Commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment on the 22nd Sept. 1940. On the 20th August 1943 he was promoted Lieutenant, serving with the Coldstream Guards before volunteering for the Commandos and being posted to No 2 Commando. He was later promoted war substantive Captain.
 
Capt. Stilwell was awarded the MC for his gallantry during operations at Spilje, Albania (Operation Healing 11).
 

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THOMSON, Robert

Private Robert Thomson 2 Commando

Private Robert Thomson, 2 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board ML 262 during the St Nazaire Raid [1]. He received a MiD for his gallant and distinguished services in action against the enemy during the raid [2].

TOMLINSON, Richard

WO2 Company Sergeant Major Richard Tomlinson was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

We have a possible image of him as a Sergeant in a picture within our gallery titled 'Tomlinson and some of 6 troop No 2 Commando.' [view].

TRIGG, Frederick Harry

Private Frederick Trigg MM was killed during the period when No 2 Commando were based on the island of Vis engaged in operations against enemy held islands.

He was one of the ten Commandos who took part in the earler Operation Musketoon on the 20th September 1942. Seven were captured and executed. Pte. Trigg escaped and made it back to the UK where he was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the raid. He then rejoined No.2 Commando.

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