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HUMBLE, William McLean

LSgt Humble served in 5 troop of No 2 Commando.
 
Citation for the Military Medal:
Gulf of Salerno 13th September 1943
On September 9th on the Salerno Road, Pte Humble engaged at 100yds an advancing Mk111 Special enemy tank which was shelling the house from which Pte Humble was sniping.

HUNTER, John Edmund

LCpl 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.

JACKSON, Joseph (LSgt)

LSgt 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)

Pte 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 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. 

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).

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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.

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