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1961 Return to Italy

Extract from Commando Association newsletter 33 issued Sept. 1961.
Calling All 2 Commando Brigade
It is with much pleasure that we print extracts from a letter received from ex. Cpl. A. A. H. (Bert) Cowell (2 Cdo Bde) who recently paid a return visit to old commando haunts in ltaly.

"To those chaps who enjoyed the pleasures of the olive field and arches at the camp at Monopoli I can say that the field is still there. Olives are still growing, the flies are just as big, if not bigger, and the ants are still working hard.

ARCHIBALD, William Niven

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman William Archibald served in the Brigade Signals and 2 Special Service Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Falkirk, Scotland.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 published Sept. 1995
James Archibald McLeod (nephew).
 

ARMSTRONG, Robert

Brigade Signals

Robert enlisted on the 12th June 1941 and then volunteered for the Commandos. After his commando training he served with the Special Service Brigade Signals Troop and 2 Commando Brigade Signals. 

BLAKE, Alfred Lapthorn

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Knight Commander Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Alfred Blake was posted to Brigade HQ (3rd Special Service Brigade) when the Special Service Group was restructured in August 1943 [1]

CARLIN, Robert

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-
Private Robert Carlin served in 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war in the late 50s he was married and residing in Ontario, Canada.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 29 issued September 1959.
 

COWELL, Albert Arthur H.

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Lance Corporal Cowell served in 2 Commando Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Kingsbury, London.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 52 issued March 1971.
Registers of Deaths Hendon Middx. 1970 Vol 5C page 686.
 

COX, Graham

Brigade Signals
38v (Welsh) Divisional Signals T.A.

Corporal Graham Cox served in 1 Bde Sigs Troop Jan ’43 – Feb ’44; and 2 Bde Sigs Troop Feb ’44 - Nov ‘45. 

CROUCH, Alfred John

SBS
Special Air Service and Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Trooper Alfred Crouch, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

GIBSON, Robert Roy

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Cheshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant Robert Gibson, attached to Special Service troops, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in Italy.

Sources
London Gazette 36327, page 256.
 

HATTON, Jack

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Jack Hatton from Leigh in Lancashire received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes
RM Commando service awaits verification. His name is included in the above source alongside others from either 40 or 43RM Commando, part of 2 Commando Brigade.

HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo

Lt Henderson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Henderson MC, 2 Special Service Brigade, died during operations in Italy [1].
 
On the 8th May 1940 he transferred from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry to the Royal Engineers retaining his seniority as 2/Lieutenant. [2]
 

HUGHES, Stanley Raymond

SBS
Special Air Service and 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Stanley Hughes M.M., Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.
 
Sources

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Clifford James, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals Officer, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Salerno between 9-16 September 1943 [1][1A].
  • January 1945 received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [2]

JAY, Francis Hubert

40RM Commando
Royal Horse Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
The circumstances of the death of Trooper Francis Jay are not known to this archive. At the time of his death he was attached to 40RM Commando,  2 Special Service Brigade.
[Source: CWGC]
 

KIRKHOPE, William Adamson Forbes

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals & Camerons
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Signalman William Kirkhope, 2 Special Service Bde. Signals, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the 13th September 1943 at Salerno when he volunteered to repair a vital line of communications that had been cut on the Vietri to Salerno road, an area that was under heavy enemy mortar and M.G.

KNIGHT, John E.

Brigade Signals
Jack Knight served in Brigade Signals. Post war he was secretary of the Birmingham Branch of the Commando Association.
(Image source: CVA Gallery Bde Sigs reunion 16th July 1988.)
 

LEWIS, Francis

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Special Service/Commando Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. 
 
Notes

MILLS, William Carley

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Corporal William Mills from Northumberland received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes
RM Commando service awaits verification. His name is included in the above source alongside others from either 40 or 43RM Commando, part of 2 Commando Brigade.

PETERS, Thomas, W.

Special Service Brigade
-

Major Thomas Peters served in 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade and also 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Sidmouth, Devon.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001. 

PIRIE, James

Special Service Brigade
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain James Pirie, Royal Engineers, was attached to 2 Special Service Brigade at the time of his death.
 
Notes
During this period the Brigade were involved in operations against the German garrison on the Island of Brac.
 

ROBERTS, Edward

SBS
Special Air Service & Hampshire Regiment 5th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward Roberts, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

SEYMOUR, Terence

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Terence Seymour, from Barry Docks South Wales, received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes

SHAW, Donald

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Donald Shaw from Huddersfield received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes
RM Commando service awaits verification. His name is included in the above source alongside others from either 40 or 43RM Commando, part of 2 Commando Brigade.

TAYLOR, Samuel James

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Samuel Taylor received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
 
Notes

TOD, Ronald John Frederick (Brig)

No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
No 11 Independent Company
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Commissioned  into the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders in 1925. Served in No 6 Independent Company and was  Officer Commanding No 11 Independent Company in 1940 and later took command of No 9 Commando in 1942.  Awarded DSO, and later a Bar to the DSO, each for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy " whilst commanding No 9 Commando in 1944.  Promoted Brigadier and Officer Commandi

WAKEFIELD, Edward Roger

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
General List
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Edward Wakefield was killed whilst attached to 2 Special Service Brigade during an operation involving Nos. 40 and 43RM Commando and Partisan forces, against German forces on the island of Brac.
 
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in 1945. 
 
Sources
CWGC

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