No 2 Commando
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LCpl Rosenstein was killed at the time No 2 Commando were engaged on the raid at Spilje, Albania.
Lt Rosling was promoted from 2/Lt to Lt on the 1st January 1941. After volunteering for the Commandos he served in 2 troop and was killed in action at Salerno.
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.
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.
Read below the wartime memories of Private Sawyer No 2 Commando.
The attached file contains the personal memories of Alf Sawyer relating to his military service in No 2 Commando. Provided courtesy of his son Ian Sawyer
LCpl Shemmonds, 6 troop, was killed during the action at Salerno.We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. "Killed in action at Dragone Hill, Salerno. Map ref. 607307 approx. No known grave." Click here to view the document: Salerno Casualties and Missing.
Pte Sherwin, 3 troop, died in Germany whilst a Prisoner of War. He was taken Prisoner of War after the raid at St Nazaire. He sailed on board HMS Campbeltown to St Nazaire. He was later moved .to a camp near Lamsdorff, Poland originally named Stalag V111 before being renamed in 1943 as Stalag 344
LCpl. 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."
Sgt 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.
Cpl Spaul, 6 troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 192.
LCpl Stewart, 5 troop, was killed during the action at Salerno.
We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. "Killed in action at Dragone Hill, Salerno. Died on way to R.A.P. Buried by 41 RM Commando."
Click here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.
Gnr Stone, 5 troop, was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
Sgt. Taylor was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the Commando HQ Reserve on ML 267.
There are photos in our gallery which may be of Sgt Taylor but where he has not as yet been formally identified [view here.]
Cpl Tomsett, 6 troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 192.
Pte 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.
William James Turney enlisted as a Private into the 6th Beds and Herts Bn., TA on the 29th January 1940 and was quickly promoted Acting Lance Corporal. He volunteered for the Independent Companies (Ind. Coy.) and on the 26th April 1940 was attached to No 3 Ind. Coy. Having reverted to Private in order to get into the Ind. Coy. he was quickly promoted to Lance Corporal on the 1st May. On the 4th May he along with the whole of No 3 Ind. Coy. sailed with Scissor Force to join the expeditionary force in Norway (Operation Avonmouth).
Lt. Vanderwerve was killed in action at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 306 and OIC of a protection squad for the demolition team on board.
Pte Veitch was killed during the action at Salerno.
We have a document in our Gallery with details that he died at Dragone and was initially buried there. Click here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.
Gdsm. Walton, 2 troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 447.
Lt. Walton, 1 Troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 457 and section officer of a demolition team.
Cpl Watt, 6 troop, was killed during the action at Scaletta, Sicily.
He had been in No 2 Cdo. since the early days, and took part in the raid at St Nazaire. There is, in our gallery, a photo of him and others who survived the raid and made it back to the UK.
View the image here Survivors from MLs 156 and 446, Seaton Barracks, 29th March 1942.
Citation for the Bar to his Military Cross for gallantry whilst attached to No 2 Commando during operations at Spilje, Albania on Operation Healing 2:
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