'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.

ABRAM, Cyril

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.

This was a raid on an electricity generating station at Glomfjord in German occupied Norway. They were taken by submarine to a remote Fjord, completed a difficult overland route, approaching their target from the rear and successfully destroyed it. Seven were captured and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp under Hitler's infamous Commando Order. 

BANTING, Gareth Bernard (Reverend )

Padre of No 2 Commando. Captain Reverend Gareth Banting was killed in action at Sarande.

From the No 2 Commando War Diary " Revd. Banting takes party from 3 Tp. to bury Capt. Parsons, Lieut. Coyle, Gnr. Clarke, and Pte. Lyons. After burial he moved fwd. to bury German dead in the same posn., but is blown up on a mine. Stretcher party finds he has died of wounds - carried back to Sarande by M.O. before nightfall." 

BARE, Jack Stormont

From the No.2 Commando War Diary : "5th February 1944 Captain Jack Stormont Bare of No.2 Commando was buried in the afternoon in the British Naval Cemetery at Vis, the first British serviceman to be interred there for over 130 years. The body was brought from the billet draped in a White Ensign (a Union Jack not being available) by 6 brother Officers. A piper from the Scottish (No.5) troop played a lament and the body was placed on the deck of a schooner.
 

BARRY, John

Private John Barry died of wounds inflicted during the action at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. He died of wounds that he  "received at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 " and that he "died at 67 General Hospital CMF".*

Click  here to view the document:  Casualties and Missing.

BENNETT, Derick S.

Private Derick Bennett, 6 troop, died during operations at Salerno.

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 Capt. Mason and LCpl Formoy.

BIRNEY, David Leslie

 Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, was killed during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 447 and OIC of an assault group. The date of his death is confirmed by French authorities, and the CWGC, whose records show that he died of wounds. 
 
Born in India, David Birney later attended Trinity College graduating with a BA in 1938.

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

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.

He was awarded the MC in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations, against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.

He was awarded the DSO in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.

BLOWER, Alfred

Private Alfred Blower 2 Commando

Private Alfred Blower, 4 troop, died of wounds after the action at Salerno. [1]+[2]

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. He died of wounds that he  "received at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 " and that he "died at 67 General Hospital CMF". [2]+[see notes]

BRADLEY, Eric

Sergeant Eric Bradley was killed during the period when No 2 were a Para Commando unit.

He is not listed as a Commando on the CWGC database, however his name is on the Wesminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour.

BROOME, Richard Frank

Captain Richard Broome, OC 5 troop, died during operations at Salerno.

Richard Broome volunteered from the South Lancs for the Independent Companies when they were raised. He joined No 4 Independent Company as a Lieutenant and saw action during an operation in Norway.  Later he embarked with a contingent from No 2 as part of Force X sailing for Gibraltar and Malta.

BURNS, Charles

Gunner Charles Burns, 6 troop, died during operations at Salerno.

We have a document in our gallery with more details. He was "killed in action at Dragone Hill, Salerno." It goes on to say that he was "buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs on the forward slope of hill."  In the same document against the death and burial of Fus W. Davies it adds " (see 1612571 Pte. Burns. C. ) "

CAMPBELL, Norman Murray Priggen

Lance Sergeant Norman Campbell 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 is referred to in the diary entry for February 1945 of Victor Miller of No 2 Commando, "Mon 26th  Thing are pretty sticky, my mates in 3 troop are catching it, Bob, Brampton, Bill, Campbell, Jocko, Timber ...all dead."

CARRICK, George

Lance Corporal George Carrick, 3 troop, died during operations at Salerno.
 
We have a document in our Gallery with details that he was killed in action on the 13th September at Dragone Hill. He was initially buried there (Map ref 602409).
Click  here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.
 

CHEETHAM, Gerald

Fusilier Gerald Cheetham, Heavy Weapons Troop, died of illness (pneumonia)  whilst on active service in Italy [1].
 
A former pupil of Ashton Grammar School, Gerald Cheetham joined the Metropolitan Police. In July 1942 he volunteered for the Commandos [2]. Prior to this whilst serving as a  Police Constable on " G " Division, Metropolitan Police, he  was awarded the King's commendation for brave conduct in Civil Defence during an air raid [3]
 

CLARKE, Alfred John Douglas

Gunner Alfred Clarke 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."

COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

Corporal Cecil Cox, 1 troop,  died of wounds he received during a raid on the village of Grohote in the island of Solta [1+2].

The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 23rd March 1944 states "Cpl. Cox, wounded in the Solta raid and who died of his wounds the previous evening, was buried in the British Naval Cemetery, Vis." [2].

COYLE, James Albert

Lieutenant James Coyle 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."

CRAIG, Robinson Ostle

Private Robinson Craig died during operations at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery with details that relate to his death. The document states he "was killed in action on the 11th September at Dragon La Hill, near Vietri, and buried at Dragon La Hill on the 12th September." It states the grave was marked with a cross, however there is no known grave for Pte Craig and he is remembered with honour on the Cassino Memorial.

CURTIS, Eric Gordon

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.

DAVIES, Ronald John

Corporal Ronald Davies was killed in a training accident. The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 27th March 1944 states "Cpl. R.J. Davies (No 2 troop) accidentally killed from a rifle shot whilst instructing a Squad."

His brother 3909503 Private Douglas James Davie, aged 22 and serving in the Welch Regiment, died on the 25th December 1943 and is buried at Ancona War Cemetery.

DAVIES, Wyndam Francis

Fusilier Wyndam Davies, 6 troop, died during operations at Salerno.

We have a document in our gallery that gives details of his death. He was "killed in action at Dragone Hill Salerno. " It goes on to state" Buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs Regt., on the forward slope of hill. " It also adds " ( see 1612571 Pte Burns. C.) "

DAY, Arthur Frank

Private Arthur Day died during operations at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery with details that relate to his death. The document states he "was killed in action on the 17th September at Piegolelle (aka Piegolette), Italy." It also states he was buried there with 2 others.

Click  here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.

DEAKER, George James

Lance Bombardier George Deaker, 5 troop, was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

George Deaker joined No 2 Commando during the period in Italy when they sought replacements from those serving in units in North Africa. George volunteered from the Royal Artillery. His Commando training after selection would have taken place in Italy. (Source: Eric Buckmaster 2 Cdo.5tp)

DRURY, Charles Henry

Private Charles Drury, 2 troop, died during operations at Salerno.

We have a document in our Gallery with details that differ in date to that shown on the CWGC database. The document states he died on the 14th September of wounds received at Dragone Hill, Vietri, on the 12th September.

Click  here to view the document: Casualties and Missing.

FORMOY, Donald Neville

Lance Corporal Donald Formoy, 6 troop, died during operations at Salerno.

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 Capt. Mason and Pte Bennet D.

FOWLER, Henry Francis

Lance Corporal Henry Fowler served in 2 troop and was a veteran of the St Nazaire raid. He was one of the commando contingent on board ML 443 and was evacuated back to the UK . The circumstances of his death some 10 months later are not known to this archive.
 
Sources
CWGC
St Nazaire Society.
 

GARLAND, Lindsay Ernest Albert

Sergeant Lindsay Garland was with Captain the Duke of Wellington and 2 troop. During the attack on 'The Pimple' in the village of Piegolelle, Salerno, they were both killed. He had previously served in 1 and 4 troops within 2 Cdo.

We have a document in our Gallery that outlines these details. He held a temporary or acting rank of TSM. He was killed in action  "on the 16th September 1943 at Pringle, Piegolelle (aka Piegolette), Italy", and that he was originally buried there.

GEE, Harold

Corporal Harold Gee, 3 troop, was killed during the action at Sarande.

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."

HARRONS, Charles Edward

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."

HUNTER, John Edmund

Lance Corporal John Hunter, 5 troop, died during operations 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.

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 died during operations 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, Morgan

2nd Lieut Jenkins 2 Commando
Second Lieutenant Morgan  Jenkins died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 268.
 
Morgan was the sixth of seven children born to Morgan and Mary Jenkins in 1915. His father was a plate layer at the Ynisfaoi Mine, Treherbert, South Wales. Morgan attended local schools in his younger years. Being a bright pupil he achieved a place at Brecon Boy's County Grammar School for his secondary education. Morgan's death at St Nazaire is recorded on the School's War Memorial. 
 

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, 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.

KILLEEN, Martin

Private Martin Killeen died during operations 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.)

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.

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.

NEVILLE, William John

Rifleman William Neville died in Italy. In the personal diary of Len Justice No. 2 Commando he writes on the date of the 28th March 1945 "One lad from 2 Commando was drowned today. Accident. A new fellow ? "  William Neville was the only death recorded in No 2 Commando on the 27th/28th March 1945.

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."

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:

SMITH, James

LCpl James Smith

Lance Corporal James Smith died during operations 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.

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.

WALTON, Philip

Lieut. Philip Walton No 2 Commando

 Lieutenant Philip 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.

WELLESLEY, Henry Valerian George

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. This was heavily defended by the Germans firing from the heights called 'the Pimple'. He was awarded a posthumous M.I.D.
 
"War Office, 28th September, 1944. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the- following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished 'services in Italy:— Infantry. D.W.R. Lt. (temp. Capt.) The Duke of Wellington (56864) (killed in action)."

WESTWOOD, Albert

The circumstances of the death of Rifleman Albert Westwood are not as yet known to this archive. In the weeks before his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

WILSON, Kenneth Charles

Private Kenneth Wilson was killed in a No 2 Commando exercise. His death is recorded in an entry in the No 2 Commando War Diary for 3rd June 1942 "Exercise Doon - Dvr Wilson  killed at Irvine". An entry for the 6th June states " Military funeral in the afternoon"
 
Sources
CWGC
No 2 Cdo War Diary National Archives ref. WO 218 /33.
 

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