In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units.
No 3 Commando
These are the main operations that No 3 Commando took part in, either on their own, or as part of a Combined Operations assault. They are in date order and form part of our overall history of No 3 Commando. No 3 Commando were part of 1 Special Service/Commando Brigade from Autumn 1943.
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Gunner John Abbott was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
Sapper Rex Adderley died during operations at Dieppe.
Trooper Victor Adderton was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
Private Cyril Barrett died during operations at Dieppe.
Regimental Sergeant Major Harold Beesley died whilst a prisoner of war in Poland having been captured during operations at Dieppe.
His nephew William Patterson adds
Guardsman Leslie 'Jock' Campbell, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day . The grave where he was first buried is shown in a film taken at Pegasus Bridge on the 28th July 1944 and now on the IWM website [view film]. .
Private Edward Cardozo died on D Day during operations at Normandy.
Lance Corporal Alan Carlisle died during operations at Vaagso.
- Enlisted 4 November 1940.
- Posted Commando Depot 12 October 1942.
- Joined No 3 Commando 11 November 1942.
After a brief spell as 2i/c No 5 Commando, the then Major John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill (later affectionately known by some as Mad Jack) moved to 2i/c No 3 Commando. Shortly after Lt Col Newman was taken prisoner at St Nazaire in 1942, Major Churchill was promoted Lt Col. to replace him as OC No 2 Commando. Lt Col Churchill remained OC until he was also taken prisoner in 1944.
An account by Bob Bishop No 2 Commando from his history of No 2:
Private Roland Coffin died during operations at Normandy in the Chateau d'Amfreville area.
Sgt Cork was killed during operations at Vaagso.
Pte Cotterell was killed during operations at Normandy in the Chateau d'Amfreville area.
Private Albert Coulson died during operations at Normandy.
In the book Storm from the Sea, the author, Brig Peter Young, describes a Commando named Cox as being batman to Major Walter Skrine, and both being severely wounded during the landings at Agnone.
LSgt Culling, 2 troop, was killed during operations at Vaagso.
Fusilier Joseph Davies died of wounds inflicted during operations at the River Alller, Germany.Sources CWGC No 3 Cdo. War Diary Appendix D (No.1) List of Battle Casualties April 1945. National Archives WO/218/83.
Pte Davies was killed during operations at Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
Selected for officer training. Officer Cadet John Cyril Davison was commissioned to be 2nd Lt., with the East Lancashire Regiment on the 28th July 1944 .
New service no. 326323.
The death of Lieut. John Cyril (Jack) Davison MM, of Birkinhead, Wirral, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 78 issued March 1984.
LBdr Day was killed during operations in the area of Cassible, Sicily.
Gdsm. Dean, 3 troop, was killed during operations on D Day at Normandy.
Corporal Joah Selwyn Denham was awarded the MM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Cape Spartivento, Italy, between 27 August and 5 September 1943 .
On the 30th August 1944 Cpl. Denham, M.M. was granted an Immediate Emergency Commission from the ranks in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant .
Post war his death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 106 issued March 1998. He is listed there as Capt. Joseph Selwyn Denham (1 Bde HQ. & 3 Cdo) of Birchwood, Lincs.
13 June 1970 appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) whilst Chief Office Clerk, House of Commons Library .
Citation whilst a Corporal with 1 troop
Temp. Captain Philip Dunne, Special Service Bde. HQ., was awarded the MC for his gallantry during the Salerno Landings.
On the 28th June 1940 Captain J.F. Durnford-Slater was appointed Lieut. Colonel and ordered to raise and command No 3 Commando after volunteering for Special Service whilst Adjutant of the 23rd Medium and Heavy Training Regt., RA.
Trooper Dennis Earl was captured during the fighting in Sicily.
Extract from the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 11 September 1943.
Commando Son Safe:- Only four days after hearing that their son, Trpr. Dennis Victor Earl, of the Commandos, was missing in Sicily, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Earl have received a card from him saying he is quite fit and uninjured in an Italian prisoner of war camp. Trpr. Earl was captured in the fighting in Sicily in the middle July. The youngest son of an ex-police sergeant, he was a member of the Bristol Police Force.
LSgt Edmunds was killed during operations at Amfreville.
The circumstances of the death of Pte. William Edwards are not known at this stage.
3 Commando Bridge.
Lieut. Bill Etches served with No.3 Commando during the Lofoten and Vaagso raids in Norway 1941, and on the St Nazaire raid in France, 1942. During Operation Chariot at St Nazaire Lieut. Lieut. Etches was assistant to Capt. Montgomery, RE, supervising demolition parties in the dry dock area.
Private Francis Evans died during operations at Vaagso.
The circumstances of the death of Pte Ferguson are not known.
At the time of his death No 3 Commando were back in the UK and billeted in Worthing. They were engaged in training for the invasion in June, and spent time away at other places such as CTC Dorlin for this.
Pte Fisher was killed during operations at Dieppe.
Cpl Floyd was killed during operations at Termoli.
LSgt Geear, 4 troop, was killed during operations at Vaagso.
Captain John Giles, 3 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. He had served with No 3 Commando since their first raid on Guernsey.
John Giles received his first commission into the Gloucestershire Regiment and won the heavy-weight boxing championship of the Army Southern Command. He also played rugby for Clifton Rugby Football Club.
His brother 2/Lt. Bruce Giles also served in No 3 Commando and was at Vaagso.
Private John Gillard died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at Wesel.