'2 Cdo. Roll of Honour'

                                                   The Fallen from No. 2 Commando
 
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 149 of 149

ABRAM, Cyril Henry

No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Executed
Rifleman Cyril Abram 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.

AIRD, Michael Derrick

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Michael Aird, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 268. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

ALLAN, Hugh Bryan

No 2 Commando
Royal Scots
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Hugh Allan died [1] during the action at Jaconti, near Vietri. He was originally buried "at the bottom of Jaconti village (East side). Map Ref. 601307."[2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
 

BAMPTON, Stephen Dorcas

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Stephen Bampton was killed in action in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando had been placed "in the line" near Ravenna.
  • 16 August 1943 (Private) (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations at Sicily.
Sources
CWGC.
Army Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.

BARE, Jack Stormont

No 2 Commando
Artists Rifles
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Jack Bare died during operations from the No. 2 Commando base on the island of Vis against the enemy held island of Hvar.
Extract from the No. 2 Commando War Diary

BARRY, John

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Barry died [1] of wounds received at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943.  He died at 67 General Hospital CMF [2].
 

BENNETT, Derick S.

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Derick Bennett, 6 troop, died [1] on the 13th September 1943 during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno.  He was originally buried by a house at the top of the steps on the West side of Hill.  Map ref.

BIRNEY, David Leslie

No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire which took place on 28 March 1942.
He was commanding an assault group that had embarked on Motor Launch ML 447. 

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Graeme Black DSO, MC, was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven Commandos 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. 

BLOWER, Alfred

Private Alfred Blower 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Alfred Blower, 4 troop, died [1] of wounds received at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 [2].  He died at 67 General Hospital CMF [2] .
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Friday 08 December 1944.

BOWMAN, Lionel George

Lionel Bowman 2 Commando
Original Grave of Private Bowman
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Lionel Bowman, 5 Troop, died during operations at Salerno. Before enlisting Lionel was a newspaper representative from Wanstead.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Troop notes kept by LSgt Rogers MM of 5 Tp.
 
Notes

BRADLEY, Eric

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Died on war service
Sergeant Eric Bradley died as a result of an accident during the period when No 2 was a Para Commando unit.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casulaty Lists 1939-45.
 
Notes

BRIGHTY, John

No 2 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Brighty, 2 troop, was reported wounded and missing, later presumed killed in action, during Operation Healing 11 at Spilje Albania. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.
 

BROOME, Richard Frank

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Richard Broome, OC 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Salerno and was originally buried on the forward slope of Dragone Hill [2].
 

BRYAN, Edward Joseph

Edward Bryan 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Edward Bryan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

BUNN, Norman

No 2 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Norman Bunn, 2 troop, died of wounds in 11 Casualty Clearing Station, Brindisi, Italy.
The No 2 Commando War Diary for the 30th and 31st July 1944 records details of a visit there on the 30th after No 2 Commando had arrived at Monopoli, Italy, from Vis, just after the Commando raid at Spilje Albania on the 28th July 1944. 

BURNS, Charles

No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Charles Burns, 6 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno. He was buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs on the forward slope of hill [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
 

BURNS, Ronald Edward David

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Ronald Burns, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 
Sources

CAMERON, John Ewen

Corporal Cameron 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lovat Scouts
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Cameron, formerly a gamekeeper from Perthshire, died in Italy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/78.
[Image] Article in the Perthshire Advertiser 12 July 1944.
 
Notes

CARRICK, George

No 2 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Carrick, 3 troop, died [1] during operations on 13 September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno, Italy, where he was initially buried (Map ref 602409) [2].

CARTER, Hugh John

No 2 Commando
Monmouthshire Regiment (4th Bn)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Corporal Hugh Carter was in the original No 2 (Parachute) Commando. He died in a training accident at Ringway during a parachute jump. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/20.

CHEETHAM, Gerald

No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Died on active service

Fusilier Gerald Cheetham, Heavy Weapons Troop, died of illness (pneumonia) whilst on active service in Italy [1][1a][1b].
A former pupil of Ashton Grammar School before joining the Metropolitan Police from which he later volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intake in July 1942 [2]

CLARKE, Alfred John Douglas

No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner Alfred Clarke died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

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."

COUGHLAN, John

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Coughlan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

COX, Edward

Edward Cox 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Edward Cox died during operations at Scaletta, Sicily. We have a document that states "Buried on a terrace on the Shore side of the road at the North end of the beach North of Scaletta".
 
Sources
CWGC.
Page 4 of Salerno/Sicily Casualties document (see linked content below).
 

COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

No 2 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Cecil Cox, 1 troop died on 22 March 1944 of wounds received on the 18/19 March 1944 during a raid on the village of Grohote on the Dalmatian island of Solta [1][2].
Extract form the No.2 Commando War Diary.

COYLE, James Albert

No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant James Coyle died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

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."

CRAIG, Robinson Ostle

No 2 Commando
Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Robinson Craig died [1] during operations on 11 September at Dragone Hill, near Vietri Salerno. He was buried there the following day, his grave being marked with a cross. However it was never again found and Private Craig is one of the many who now have no known grave [2].

CUNNINGHAM, Henry Peter

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Henry Cunningham, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

CURTIS, Eric Gordon

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Executed
Private Eric Curtis 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.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DAVIES, Ronald John

No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles, The London Irish Rifles
Died on active service
Corporal Ronald Davies, 2 Troop, was accidentally killed from a rifle shot whilst instructing a Squad [1][2][3].
  • 11 September 1943 (Lance Corporal) (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations at Salerno, Italy [4].
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] No.2 Commando War Diary 27 March 1944.

DAVIES, Wyndam Francis

No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Wyndam Davies, 6 troop, died during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, Italy. He was initially buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs Regiment on the forward slope of the hill. A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos.
 

DAY, Arthur Frank

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Arthur Day died [1] on the 17th September at Piegolelle (aka Piegolette), near Salerno, Italy. He was initially buried jointly with two Royal Marine Commandos in a vineyard 30 yards South of Piegolelle [2].
 

DIAMOND, Thomas

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Thomas Diamond, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 267 , as was R.S.M. Alan Moss. Their squad was to be a small HQ reserve for Lieutenant Colonel Newman. However in the chaos of the action as the ML's tried to land their Commandos, ML267 came under heavy fire and the ML began to burn.

DONALDSON, John

Lance Corporal John Donaldson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Donaldson, 3 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.  

DRURY, Charles Henry

No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Charles Drury, 2 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Vietri, near Salerno [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
 
Notes 

DUFFY, Anthony Patrick

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Anthony Duffy died during operations at Scaletta. We have a document that states "Buried on terrace on Shore side of the road, at the North end of the beach, North of Scaletta."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Page 4 of Salerno/Sicily Casualties document (see linked content below).
 

ELDRIDGE, Leonard Frederick

Leonard Eldridge 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Leonard Eldridge, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 447.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
[Image credit] Karen Eldridge.

EVANS, Ralph

No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Driver Ralph Evans died as a result of an accident during a parachute training exercise at Ringway whilst serving with the original No 2 (Para) Commando. He was the first casualty of the newly raised Commando units.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/16.

FISHER, Norman Lucas

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Norman Fisher, 6 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 192.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website/James Dorrian.
 

FORMOY, Donald Neville

No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Donald Formoy, 6 troop, died [1] during operations on the 13th September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno, and was originally buried by house at the top of the steps on the West side of Hill.  He was buried with a religious ceremony in a communal grave with Capt. Mason and Pte Bennet D.

FOWLER, Henry Francis

No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Henry Fowler, 2 Troop, died of wounds on 24 January 1943 [1][2]. He was one of the commando contingent for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire embarked on board motor launch ML443 and was seriously wounded by enemy fire during the unsuccessful attempt by the naval crew to land the Commandos on board. He was evacuated back to the UK [3]

GARRATT, Arthur Ernest

No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Arthur Garratt, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 447.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

GEE, Harold

No 2 Commando
The Loyal Regt. (North Lancashire)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Harold Gee, 3 troop, died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

The No 2 Cdo War Diary dated 11th October 1944 states " Cpl H. Gee (3 Tp) died of wounds. Funeral of Padre, Cpl. Gee, and a RM.  CO read Burial Service. Officers acted as Pall Bearers for Padre. 2 i/c as Chief Mourner. Last post sounded."

GIBSON, William

No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Gibson, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. Like all those on the raid they were given an opportunity beforehand to write their will or last letters.  Bill Gibson wrote to his Father. Read it below.
 

GRAY, Frank Herbert

No 2 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frank Gray was reported missing presumed died on 11 March 1945 during operations in Italy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/95.
 

GROSE, William Ernest

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman William Grose, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 447.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
Recommendation

HARKNESS, Peter

No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Peter Harkness, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. He is referred to in the last letter of his good friend LSgt Bill Gibson who also died on the raid.
 
Sources
CWGC.

HARRISON, Maurice

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Maurice Harrison, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot,  the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 192.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HARRONS, Charles Edward

No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Charles Harrons, 1 troop, died after No 2 Commando had just taken part in the raid on Spilje, Albania.

An entry in the No 2 Cdo War Diary dated 24th August 1944 states " Burial Service for Cpl Harrons (1 Tp) who died in hospital at Bari was held in the afternoon."

HAY, William

No 2 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal William Hay died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank.

HAYES, Frank

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman Frank Hayes, 4 troop, died during the raid at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
 

HEMPSTEAD, Stanley

No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Stanley Hempstead, 2 troop,  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HODGSON, Eric Stewart

No 2 Commando
Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Eric Hodgson, Officer Commanding 1 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He was the Officer commanding the commando contingent on motor launch ML 446.
 

HOWARTH, Arnold

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Died in the UK

Lance Sergeant Arnold Howarth was one of the five Commandos who escaped after landing at St Nazaire on the raid. 

HUDSON, George Herbert

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Hudson, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 
Sources
CWGC. 
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HULME, George

No 2 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Rifleman George Hulme died during the period  when No 2 Commando were engaged on operations at Sarande.

HUNTER, John Edmund

No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Hunter, 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 and was originally buried by the 6th Yorks and Lancs. However his grave was never found [2]
 

IMRIE, Ian

No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery 130 H.A.A. Regt.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner Ian Imrie died 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)

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Joseph  Jackson DCM died 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 Distinguished Conduct Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."
 
Sources
CWGC

JENKINS, Morgan

2nd Lieut Jenkins 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 5 Independent Company
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Morgan  Jenkins died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

JENKINS, Samuel Leslie

No 2 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain Samuel Jenkins died during operations 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." 

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Joseph Blundell

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson-Houghton MC was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. 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. Generally referred to as Joseph Houghton as the family often used the shortened surname of 'Houghton'.

KELLY, Francis

No 2 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francis Kelly died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He was one of the commando contingent on MGB 314 [2].
 

KILLEEN, Martin

No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Martin Killeen died [1] during operations on the 10th September at Vietre Sul Mare (Map ref 614298).  He was initially buried in the Orange Grove at back of a school in Vietri (Map ref 618298) [2]

KING, David

No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery, 89 H.A.A. Regt
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Bombardier David King, 5 troop, died 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.
 

LUCY, Albert James

No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Albert Lucy, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 192.
 

LYONS, Frederick James

No 2 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Frederick Lyons died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

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."

MAKEHAM, Reginald Henry

No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Executed

Private Reginald Makeham, 6 troop,  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.

Sources
CWGC.
Killing of British POWs Germany after capture in Norway Operation Musketoon  / National Archives file WO311/382.

MASON, Frank Stanley

No 2 Commando
Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Temporary Captain  Frank Mason died on the 13th September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno, and  was originally buried by house at the top of the steps on the West side of Hill.  Map ref. 606307. He was buried with a religious ceremony in a communal grave with LCpl Formoy and Pte Bennet D.
 

MATHER, Harry

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Harry Mather, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

MAYLOTT, Jesse

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Jesse Maylott, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

MCCORMACK, Thomas

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas McCormack, 5 troop No 2 Commando, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown. Part of Capt. Donald Roy's Assault Team, Tom was fatally wounded during the raid. Taken prisoner he later died of his wounds in a German Naval Hospital.
 

MILLER, David McMillan

No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery, 79 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) H.A.A. Regt
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner David Miller is not listed as a Commando on the CWGC database,  however, on their Grave Concentration Report his unit was originally shown as 2 Commando and then scored through to show as per his Regiment.  

MOSS, Alan

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was shot and killed during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on Motor Launch ML 267 he later received a posthumous Mention in Despatches. 
Recommendation

NEVILLE, William John

No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Died on active service
Rifleman William Neville died by accidental drowning in Italy.
Extract from the diary of Len Justice No. 2 Commando
28 March 1945 One lad from 2 Commando was drowned today. Accident. A new fellow.
 
Sources
CWGC.

O'MEARA, Barry Aden Joseph

No 2 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Barry O'Meara, 1 troop,  was killed by a mine at Grattacoppa, which is approximately 10.5 miles north of Ravenna.
[Source: No 2 Cdo War Diary March 1945 and Des Rochford No 2 Cdo.]
 

PARKER, Charles Alfred

LCpl Charles Parker 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Charles Parker died 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

No 2 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain George Parsons MC, 3 Troop, died during operations at Sarande, Albania. He had been awarded the Military Cross the previous year for his gallantry at Salerno whilst a Lieutenant in 2 Troop.
No 2 Commando War Diary.

PASH, Reginald Jack

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Reginald Pash, 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, and was buried by the 6th Yorks and Lancs Regt. His grave was never found [2].
 

PHELAN, Francis Edward

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Francis Phelan was reported missing presumed died in Tunisia, North Africa. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/75. 
 

PHILLIPS, Albert Henry

No 2 Commando
11 Special Air Service Battalion
Training Centres
Royal Armoured Corps
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Corporal Albert Phillips died in a climbing accident during training at STC Lochailort. The local register of deaths states “Multiple injuries. Accidentally killed by falling over precipice. Instantaneous.” It notes the informant as being the Adjutant at STC Lochailort.
 

RADCLIFFE, Frederick

Private Radcliffe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frederick Radcliffe died [1] during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Dragonea, above Vietri sul Mare [2].
 

ROBINSON, Sydney

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Sydney Robinson, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

ROSENSTEIN, Ernest Zeno

No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ernest Rosenstein died during the period No 2 Commando were engaged on Operation Healing 2, a raid at Spilje, Albania. 
 
Notes
Son of Max and Sophie Rosenstein, of New York City, U.S.A. (CWGC)
Nephew of Mr. Bendhein, Nesher Yagur nr. Haifa Palestine (Handwritten Nom Roll of 2 Cdo).

RUBIN, Leonard

No 2 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Leonard Rubin died during operations at Vietri, Salerno. In 1943 he was serving as a Corporal in the Heavy Weapons Troop. See photos in the main gallery.
 

SCHOLEM, Robert

No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Driver Robert Scholem died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
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.
 

SHERWIN, Albert Edward George

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Died on war service
Private Albert Sherwin, 3 troop, died in Germany whilst a Prisoner of War.  He became a prisoner of war after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked for the raid on board HMS Campbeltown and, after capture, was later transported to a camp near Lamsdorf, Poland originally named Stalag V111 before being renamed Stalag 344.

SMALLBONE, Nelson Arthur Michel

Sergeant Nelson Smallbone 2 Commando
Neslon Smallbone
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Nelson Smallbone, 6 troop, died 11 March 1945 during operations in Italy [1][2].
  • Mentioned in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."[3].
  • 3 September 1943 (Corporal) wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno) [4].
Sources

SMITH, James

LCpl James Smith
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal James Smith died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill,  Salerno, on the left flank North of Jaconti. He was initially buried 20 yards past a 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. His body was never found [2].
 

SMITH, Miller

No 2 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Executed

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. 

STEWART, John Alexander

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Stewart, 5 troop, was fatally wounded during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, and died on way to the R.A.P. He was then buried by 41 RM Commando.
 

TAYLOR, Gerald

No 2 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Gerald Taylor, HQ Reserve, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

TRIGG, Frederick Harry

Frederick Harry Trigg 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frederick Trigg MM from Haywards Heath, Sussex, was killed in action in Italy.
He had been awarded the Military Medal whilst serving in No.2 Commando for gallant and distinguished service  in 1942 during Operation Musketoon in Norway and his subsequent evasion from capture. Seven of those on that raid were captured and executed.

VANDERWERVE, John Edward

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Vanderwerve  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 306 and  OIC of a protection squad for the demolition team on board.
 

WALTON, Philip

Lieut. Philip Walton No 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Philip Walton, 1 Troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was Section Officer of a demolition team on Motor Launch ML 457.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author James Dorrian.

WATT, William

William Watt 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal William Watt, 6 troop, died during operations at Scaletta, Sicily. We have a document that outlines these details, " Buried at Scaletta by A.D.S. at Rear of School in centre of village.

WELLESLEY, Henry Valerian George

No 2 Commando
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Henry Wellesley, the 6th Duke of Wellington, died during operations at Salerno. He was in charge of 2 troop with orders to attack and take the village of Piegolelle (also seen spelt as Piegolette). This was heavily defended by the Germans firing from the heights called 'The Pimple'. He was awarded a posthumous Mention in Despatches.

WESTWOOD, Albert

No 2 Commando
No 9 Commando
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Died on active service
Rifleman Albert Westwood died in Italy as a result of an accident on 28 May 1945 whilst serving with No.2 Commando [1][2].
  • 3 February 1944 wounded serving with No.9 Commando in Italy [3].
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2]  Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/93.

WILSON, Kenneth Charles

Kenneth Wilson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Kenneth Wilson died during a No 2 Commando training exercise. 
Extracts from the No 2 Commando War Diary 
  • 3 June 1942 - Exercise Doon - Dvr Wilson killed at Irvine.
  • 6 June 1942 - Military funeral in the afternoon.
Sources
CWGC

WRIGHT, Dennis Raymond

No 2 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Dennis Wright, aged 18 and from Birmingham, died [1] during operations at Salerno and was initially buried near a house in a copse on the East side of road at Dragone. Map ref 602409 [2].
 

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