2 Special Service / Commando Brigade

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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. 

GIBSON, Robert Roy

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Lieutenant Robert Gibson, attached to Special Service troops, was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguishes services in Italy. [Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36327, page 256.]

GREEN, Arthur

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Marine Arthur Green from Burbage near Leicester 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.

HATTON, Jack

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

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
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]
 
​He was awarded the MC whilst a Captain (T/Major)  in No 2 Commando at Salerno. [3].
 
Citation

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Brigade Signals
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]
The death of Major Clifford James, 2 Brigade Signals, of Bristol, Avon., was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.
 
Sources

KIRKHOPE, William Adamson Forbes

Brigade Signals
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. fire [2]. 
 

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.)
 

MILLS, William Carley

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

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.

MURCUTT, Frederick George Halls

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Commando Basic Training Centre
Frederick Murcutt was awarded the MC for his gallantry whilst a Lieutenant serving in Tunisia. He went on to serve with 2 Commando Brigade.
 
Captain Murcutt MC and Sgt Booth were the last demolition team on the training staff at the Commando Basic Training Centre. Post war they set up a boat hire company called 'The Green Beret Craft Operating Company Ltd." (Commando Association Newsletter 2 of 1946).
 
Additional Information and Sources:

PIRIE, James

Special Service Brigade
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.
 

SEYMOUR, Terence

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
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
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.
 

SHAW, Donald

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

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
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
The source above does not list Commando unit, however all the others in this short LG section have been confirmed as from either 40 or 43RM Commando of 2 Special Service Brigade. Awaits confirmation of commando service.
 

TOD, Ronald John Frederick (Brig)

No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
No 11 Independent Company
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 Commanding 2 Commando Brigade,  in 1945 he was awarded a CBE for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
 

Commando Association Newsletter 61 of 1975.

WAKEFIELD, Edward Roger

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
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
London Gazettes Supp. 36886, page 337.
 
Notes
Wakefield Scholarships.

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