30 Cdo. AU Roll of Honour

                                  The Fallen from No. 30 Commando Assault Unit
Notes:
** These men were part of the signals intelligence team covertly designated as a platoon of 40RM Commando,  10 platoon 'X' Company , solely for the Dieppe Raid.  This was the forerunner of 30 AU. Their names may also be on the 40RM Commando ROH.

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

BENTLEY, Lennard

30 Commando Assault Unit

Marine Lennard Bentley died during operations at Normandy, France. He died when anti personnel bombs were dropped from enemy aircraft. Also killed were Lieutenant Ionides and Corporal Wright. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/127.
Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit, author Nicholas Rankin.)

COWAN, Kenneth

Marine Kenneth Cowan
30 Commando Assault Unit
Marine Kenneth Cowan, from Belfast, died in an accident.
 
Extract from the Belfast Telegraph Monday 29 January 1945
"Commando Killed. Commando Kenneth Cowan, Royal Marine Commandos, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Cowan, 12 Jellicoe Avenue, Belfast, killed in an accident in England. He had five years' service, including two in the Merchant Navy. Two brothers are in the Royal Navy. His father has 27 years' service in the R.N. and is still serving."
 
Sources
CWGC.

IONIDES, Theodore Alexander Maurice

30 Commando Assault Unit

Lieutenant Theodore Ionides, a RNVR underwater weapons expert attached to 30 AU, died when anti personnel bombs were dropped from enemy aircraft. Also killed were Corporal Wright and Marine Bentley. 

Sources
G.R.O. War Death Naval Officers Indices (1939 To 1948).

Linked content below.
Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit, author Nicholas Rankin.)

O'CALLAGHAN, Frank John

40RM Commando
Marine Frank O'Callaghan was killed [1] by a sniper while attached to 30 Commando AU during operations at Normandy. He had previously served with 40RM Commando [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] The book Attain by Surprise edited by David Nutting.
 
Notes

WRIGHT, Leo Arthur Philip

30 Commando Assault Unit

Corporal Leo Wright died during operations at Normandy, France, when anti personnel bombs were dropped from enemy aircraft. Also killed were Lieutenant Ionides and Marine Bentley.  

Source
CWGC.
Registers of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/139.
Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit, author Nicholas Rankin.)


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