30 Commando Assault Unit
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nb. The following history is from different named sources and should not be taken as the "Official" history.
In Sep 1942, the Director of Naval Intelligence authorised the formation of the Special Intelligence Unit, composed of 33 (Royal Marines) Troop, 34 (Army) Troop, 35 (RAF) Troop and 36 (Royal Navy) Troop. The Special Intelligence Unit was later renamed 30 RN Commando (Special Engineering Unit), and was redesignated 30 Assault Unit in December 1943 **.
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 85 issued September 1987
- Major Strachan,
- Lieut. Paterson,
- Sgt. Eddie Smith, MM.,
- Sgt. John Fairey
- Pte. Denman
- Pte. Anderson
- Pte. Dan Whitcombe.
Source: National Library of Scotland website.
Commanding Officers —
Staff Officer —
Intelligence Officer —
Captain John Coates, attached SOE, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
"Captain Coates was dropped by parachute into Hungary on September 13th, 1944 in command of a small group with a special mission. Through the arrest of one of his party he was captured and imprisoned.
Marine Henry Jeffcott died during operations at Normandy.
- 28 March 1935 (Major) appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order .
- 11 December 1945 (Lieutenant Colonel)(Acting Colonel) appointed D.S.O. in recognition of distiguished service during the War in Europe .
Marine Herbert Sanderson died during operations in France.
- Promoted Temporary Captain April 1940, Acting Temporary Major November 1941, and Second in Command of 5RM in June 1942.
- After a brief spell as OC No.2 Landing Group Beach Unit he returned as Major (Second in Command) of 5RM which, by this time, had been redesignated as 45RM Commando.
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