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3 Commando Nominal Roll

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. 

3 Commando

History of the Unit

3 Commando
Many of the original members of this Commando had served with the British Expeditionary force in France and had been evacuated from Dunkirk.
 

ALDERSON, John

No 3 Commando
Captain John Alderson MC, OC 6 troop,  died during the fighting at Leese, Germany. He had rejoined No.3 Commando after being wounded in the knee at Amfreville during the Normandy landings. He was awarded the Military Cross "In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy."
 
Citation

ALLEN, John Duncan

John Duncan Allen 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
On the 9th July 1943 the then Sergeant John Duncan Allen was awarded the George Medal in recognition of conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner. This was awarded for "saving a life in a rock climbing accident in Gibraltar." [1]
 
He had previously received a MiD whilst a Lance Sergeant for "gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy." [2]
 

An account of ops at Sicily and Malati Bridge

Type: Files
Author: Lieut. John Channon Erskine RE & No.3 Commando
Year of Publishing: 2015
Keywords: 3 commando bridge, lentini river, malati bridge, punta dei malati, sicily
3 Commando Bridge.

On the 12th July 1943, two days after taking part in the invasion of Sicily,  No.3 Commando re-embarked on board the Prins Albert commando carrier at Syracuse to prepare for a second attack. This time they were tasked with taking and holding the Malati Bridge near Lentini, ten miles behind enemy lines and  five miles inland from the sea. They were to hold it until the arrival of the 50th Division.

BAKER, Fred

No 3 Commando

Lance Corporal Fred Baker, 1 troop,  died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

BANKS, Ronald Douglas

No 3 Commando
Private Ronald Banks, attached to Commando Group,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1]. 
  •  3rd November 1946 he was commissioned 2/Lieutenant [2]
  • The death of Private (later Lieut.) R.D. Banks M.M., (3 Cdo.) of of Auckland, New Zealand, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 62 issued March 1976.
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37616, page 3115 & Errata in LG 37799, page 5830.

BARRETT, E.C.

No 3 Commando

Private E.C. Barrett was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf Poland..
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.

BARTHOLOMEW, Peter Ian

Peter Ian Bartholomew No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Peter Ian Bartholomew served in No 12 Commando until their disbandment when he moved to No 3 Commando. He participated in the D Day landings as Captain of 2 troop.  On the Commando's return to NW Europe from the UK in 1945, he took command of No 3 Commando with the rank of Acting Lieutenant Colonel. 
  • Awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe, the award being published in June 1945. [London Gazette 37138, page 3231.]

BENNETT, Maurice, W.J.

Maurice bennett, 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Gunner Maurice Bennett, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his successful escape from captivity on 7 July 1944 having been taken prisoner of war at Amfreville, Normandy, on 27 June 1944 [1][1A].
 
Bennett had been with No.3 Commando during operations at Dieppe and Agnone and was described by his Commanding Officer Lt Col. Peter Young as a 'tough, stout hearted and resourceful Gunner' [2].
 
Sources

BOYLE, Francis

No 3 Commando

Corporal Francis Boyle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BRADLEY, E.W. 'Bill'

No 3 Commando
Temprary Captain E.W. 'Bill' Bradley received a Mention in Despatches during operations at Vaagso in December 1941 [1].
  • 28 March 1942 particpated in Operation Chariot embarking for the raid on motor launch ML307 [2]. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [3].
  • 25 August 1951 (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) promoted Major [4].
  • 3 June 1963 retires from military service [5].
Sources

BRITTLEBANK, John

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SBS
Bombardier John Brittlebank served in both No.3 and No.8 Commando [1] before joining 1 S.B.S. [2].  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3].
Recommendation
"On the night of the 5th of September 1942, Bombardier Brittlebank accompanied Captain Wilson in a Folbot to make an attack with experimental torpedoes on an enemy ship in Crotone harbour.

BROSTER, John

No 3 Commando

Private John Broster died as a result of operations at Dieppe. 

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BROWN, Robert, F.

No 3 Commando

Corporal Robert Brown received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1][2].  On 28 March 1942 he was part of the Commando raiding party at St Nazaire. Embarking on board motor launch ML 262 [4] he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at various camps including Oflag 64Z and Stalag V111B [3]
Recommendation

BUTLER, Brian Dear

No 3 Commando
Major Brian Butler MC died [1] at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded [2]. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst a Troop Captain for gallant and distinguished services on the 4th October 1943 at Termoli, Italy [4].
 
Sources:
[1] CWGC
[2] No 3 Commando War Diary dated 11th June 1944.

BUTLER, Eric

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Butler was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK. 
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
 

CAMPBELL, Leslie

No 3 Commando

Guardsman Leslie 'Jock' Campbell, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1]. 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]. [2].

CARTER, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Gunner Thomas Carter died in a boating accident at Largs.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 06 June 1942
Gunner Thomas Carter, Royal Artillery, fourth son of Mrs. L. Carter, of Scotton, near Richmond, has been drowned at Largs, Scotland. Carter, a Commando, and Mr. John Ramage, son of a member of the Paisley Police Force, were in a small boat which overturned. Ramage, who was able to swim, was rescued. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

CHAPMAN, Kenneth Harold

No 3 Commando
Private Kenneth Chapman was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Termoli, Italy, between the 3rd and 6th October 1943 [1][2].
Recommendation
"During the operations at Termoli between 3rd and 6th October '43 in the second attack on D+2 a trooper of this Unit was badly wounded in the leg.

CHILLINGWORTH, Albert Edward

No 3 Commando
Private Albert Chillingworth died in the UK of wounds inflicted during operations at Normandy.
 
  • Enlisted 4 November 1940.
  • Posted Commando Depot 12 October 1942. 
  • Joined No 3 Commando 11 November 1942.
Sources
CWGC
Extract from service record in gallery entry.
[Image] His nephew Alf Austin.
 

CHURCHER, George

George Churcher 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant George Churcher, 5 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML262.  Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner after the raid. He was transported to Stalag 344 (aka Stalag V111B) at Lamsdorf Poland.
February 1945 escaped making it to American allied lines.
Post war emigrated to Canada, had three children, after 20 years moved on to Singapore, Australia and then back to Vancouver Island.
 

CLARKE, Roy

Roy Clarke No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Private Roy Clarke enlisted aged 18  with the Loyal Regiment on the 20th May 1943.  On the 21st Sept 1943 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Loyal Regiment. From there on the 14th Feb 1944 he was posted to the Holding Commando. After his commando training he was attached to No 3 Commando with effect from 24th May 1944..
 

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1][2][3][4]
  • July 1943 wounded Sicily [5].
  • 28 March 1942 (Lance Corporal) (No.3 Commando) took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML307 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [6].
Sources
[1] CWGC

COLBERT, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Thomas Colbert died during operations at Linne, Germany.
 
An entry in the War Diary states "1502 hrs; 10 shells (88mm) on Area LINNE from brg 40 degrees 749861  LCpl COLBERT wounded in 6 tp area when delivering mail - died on way to hospital."
 
Sources
CWGC
No. 3 Cdo War Diary 8th Feb. 1945. National Archives file ref WO 218/83.
 

CONYARD, James

No 3 Commando
Gunner James Conyard died during operations at Cassibile, Sicily.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

CORRY, Samuel David

No 3 Commando
Captain Samuel Corry died during operations at Dieppe. He had been Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 35510, page 1506.
 

CUNNINGHAM, James

No 3 Commando
Driver James Cunningham was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].  In May 1944 he was serving in the No. 3 Commando MT section (Motor Transport) [2].
 
The death of James Cunningham from Stanion Northants  was announced in Commando Association newsletter 98 issued March 1994 where it showed his last rank as Sgt.
 

DAVISON, John Cyril

No 3 Commando
Corporal John Davison, No 3 Commando, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. [1] 
 
  • 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 [2].
  • 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.

DAY, James Henry

No 3 Commando

Lance Bombardier James Day died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

DAY, William, C.

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal William Day took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on motor launch ML262 he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
St Nazaire Society website.
His nephew William via Forum [view ....].
 

DE LA TORRE, Luis Eric Rupert

Luis Eric de la Torre 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Eric de la Torre took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on motor launch ML262, taken prisoner after the raid, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [1][2].
  • Post war honorary Secretary of the St. Nazaire Society for many years [2]
  • 31 December 1996 appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) for Services to the St. Nazaire Society [3].
Sources

DENHAM, Joah Selwyn

Lieutenant Denham MM
No 3 Commando

Corporal Joah Selwyn Denham was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Cape Spartivento, Italy, between 27 August and 5 September 1943 [2]

On the 30th August 1944 Cpl. Denham, M.M. was granted an Immediate Emergency Commission from the ranks in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant [3].

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.

DICKASON, Samuel Edgar

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Samuel Dickason served in No. 8 and No.3 Commando [1].
 
  • 13 June 1970 appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) whilst Chief Office Clerk, House of Commons Library [2].
Sources
[1] Commando Association newsletters 83, 87, 108.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 45117, page 6378.
 

DIX, James Frederick

Jimmy Dix 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant James Dix served in 4 Troop. He stayed on in the Army after the war. On 9 June 1949 he was a Sergeant in the Beds and Herts., and was awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division) in H.M. Birthday Honours list.
 
The death of L/Sgt (later CQMS) James Dix, B.E.M., of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 115.
 
Source
London Gazettes Supp. 38628, page 2819.
 

DONNELLY, Terence Alfred

No 3 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Captain Terence Donnelly, General Staff Officer (GSO 111) 1st Special Service/Commando Brigade HQ [1], was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the allied crossing of the River Rhine to capture Wesel. Captain Donnelly was in sole charge of beach control, including loading and launching of waves of buffaloes and storm boats, and was under constant enemy mortar fire [3].
 

DRANSFIELD, Keith Charles

No 3 Commando

Private Keith Dransfield died at sea.  The exact circumstances of his death are not known. However a report in the Cheshire Observer 28 August 1943 notes him as missing believed drowned. This is supported by the Army Casualty Lists which list him initially as "At Sea - Missing 17 June 1943". A later entry corrects this to "At Sea - previously reported missing now presumed killed in action". No.3 Commando were at Suez preparing for the Sicily landings. The roll of honour in the book source below records his death as "accident in Suez." 

DUNN-BUTLER, Eric Henry

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Dunn-Butler took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarking on motor launch ML307, he was wounded and evacuated back to the UK [1][1a].
  • 11 September 1943 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment [2].
  • 28 September 1953 relinquishes commission on appointment to the R.A.F. [3].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.

EVANS, Arthur Walter

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Arthur Evans was awarded the M.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Normandy on 8th June 1944.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 36961, page 1181.
National Archives file WO373/52/238.
 

EVANS, Frank

No 2 Commando
Private Frank Evans took part in the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He embarked on motor launch ML262 and was reported missing after the raid, but was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner.

EVANS, Gwilyn

No 3 Commando

Private Gwilyn Evans died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

FERGUSON, Bryan Gratney

No 3 Commando
Private Bryan Ferguson died in the UK on 22 February 1994 of wounds inflicted on 5 October 1943 during operations in Italy, this date being that of Operation Devon at Termoli.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.
 

FLYNN, John

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal John Flynn, a radio operator, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1].
 
Citation

FOWLE, Charles

No 3 Commando

Gunner Charles Fowle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GILES, John Frederick

No 3 Commando

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.

GRAHAM, Thomas

Private Thomas Graham No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Private Thomas Graham served in the TA between 1927 and 1929. He enlisted into the regular Army on the 17th June 1929. On the 5th July 1940 he volunteered for, and after training was attached to, No 3 Commando serving in 4 troop.  He served with them until the 22nd May 1944.
 

GREEN, Edward

No 3 Commando

Gunner Edward Green died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GREENFIELD, A.S.

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal A.S. Greenfield, No.1 Section of No.6 Troop, was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf Poland..
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Casualty Lists / National archives file WO417/49.

GREIG, Charles

No 3 Commando
The circumstances of the death of Private Charles Greig are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in India and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3 Commando.  This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos. 42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.  
 

GRIEVE, Garfield

Private Garfield Grieve
No 3 Commando
Private Garfield Grieve died during operations at Termoli.
 
In 2013 the CVA received the following communication from a Dr. John McLeod.
"I was never in the army, but I knew Garfield Grieve well - very well, because we shared the same double desk in Standard 5 at St Aidans C.E. Elementary School in Mill Hill, Blackburn. I was an overweight ten - or maybe eleven year old, my mother was a seamstress and dressmaker whose father bought her a small draper's shop, so was busy with funeral orders in 1917-8.

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Ronald Grove, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
Recommendation
"Grove was taken prisoner at Dieppe on the 19th August 1942 and was in Stalag 344 throughout his imprisonment from 3 September 1942 to 30 April 1945. From July 1943 onwards he played a leading part in the escape organisation in the camp and for his outstanding work in this connection he has been highly praised by the S.B.M.O. and a Senior N.C.O."
 

HAILES, Stanley, B.

Lance Corporal Stan Hailes 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Stanley Hailes was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid and rejoined No.3 Commando [1][2] .
 

HALLS, A.R.

No 3 Commando
Corporal A. R. Halls, No. 1 Section of 6 Troop, was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe. He was later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO/417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Image in CVA Gallery of names of No 1 Section, No 6 Troop, No3 Cdo, Aug 19th 1942.
 

HANKINSON, Edward

No 3 Commando

Private Edward Hankinson died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HARPER, Leslie

Sgt Les Harper 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Leslie Harper died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). [1]+[2].
 
Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Saturday 28 August 1943.

HAYES, Harry

No 3 Commando

Private Harry Hayes died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HEAD, Charles Searle

Charles Head 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Acting Captain Charles Head was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the night of 13/14 July 1943, after landing at Agnone and during the advance to Malati, Sicily [2].
 
11 October 1945 Captain Charles Head relinquished his commission on the grounds of disability and was granted the honorary rank of Major [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36217, page 4661.

HERN, Gordon

No 3 Commando

Private Gordon Hern died during early Italian beach reconnaissance. 

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HINDE, Fred

No 3 Commando

Private Fred Hinde died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HODGSON, George

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 
Citation for the award of the Military Medal

HOPSON, Donald Charles

Donald Charles Hopson
No 3 Commando
Second Lieutenant Donald Hopson was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers which later converted to an armoured unit of the Royal Armoured Corps. He served in No 3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade in both Italy and NW Europe . His last rank whilst in the Commando was Temporary Major.
 
Post war he had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service. He held posts of Ambassador to countries such as Laos, China, Venezuela, and Argentina. He was subsequently knighted.
 

HOWARD, Edward John

No 3 Commando
Private Edward Howard died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

HUBBARD, Sydney

CSM Sydney Hubbard 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Sydney Hubbard was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry on numerous occasions whilst serving with No 3 Commando in France, Holland, and Germany. He had been a member of the Commando for 3 years [2].
 
His death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 104 of March 1997.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37442, page 640.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/56/900.
 

HUDSPETH, George, E.

No 3 Commando
Sapper George Hudspeth  was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 

HUGHES, Charles Richard

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Charles Hughes, 2 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. The incident where he was shot is described in the book Storm from the Sea by Brig. Peter Young.
 
Service Record entries
27/1/40 Posted as a Lance Corporal to 309 ITC (Infantry Training Centre) at Blandford Camp, Dorset
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC appointed Acting Corporal (unpaid). 
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC now appointed paid Acting Corporal 
24/5/40 whilst at 309 ITC granted War Substantive rank of Corporal

HUGHES, Richard Glanville

No 3 Commando
Corporal Richard Hughes was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field before September 1945 [1].
 
The award was made for his gallantry during operations on 13 July 1943 at Agnone, Sicily [2] +[3].
 
The name of Cpl. R.G. Hughes MM is listed in Commando Association Lost Legion 8 (members they had lost contact with) issued March 1976.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 38079, page 4516.

HUTCHINGS, John Middleton

2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Original grave of 2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Second Lieutenant John Hutchings died [1] during operations in the area of Maasbracht and Brachterbreek, Netherlands.
 
The No 3 Commando War Diary entry for 23rd January 1945 at Maasbracht: "2400hrs  3 Troop patrol returns. Lieut J.M Hutchings, RWF's killed. Patrol met Mortar fire and MG fire.  729859."
 

IMRIE, Bruce Berriff

Bruce Imrie 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Acting Lance Corporal Bruce Imrie, 4 troop, was wounded by a shell fragment in his shoulder during operations at Weser on the 7th April 1945. He was later medically discharged as a result.
 
Bruce Imrie volunteered for the Commandos and was part of the Police contingent from the Metropolitan Police. Aged  28 years old, he had been in the Royal Horse Artillery in India aged 14 to 21, before he came to the UK and joined the Police at age 21. He died in 2004 aged 88.
 
Sources

JONES, R.A.

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal R.A. Jones, Royal Engineers attached to No.3 Commando, was reported missing after Operation Jubilee at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. He was later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 28 March 1942 (No.3 Commando) embarked on Motor Launch ML307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/52.

KENWARD, Peter John

Peter John Kenward
No 3 Commando
Lieutenant Peter Kenward, B.A., died during operations at Dieppe [1].
 
Gunner Peter John Kenward, late Cadet Sgt. Bradfield College contingent June Div., OTC, was commissioned on the 2nd September 1939 [2].
 
He joined No 3 Commando on the 17th August 1942, embarked with them for Dieppe on the 18th, and was killed in his landing craft on the 19th. Brigadier Durnford-Slater described him as "A fine young officer."[3].
 

KIAER, Eric Arnold

No 3 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
No 4 Independent Company

Lieutenant Eric Kiaer died [1] during the Normandy landings. He had previously received an MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the field. [2]"

KING, Edward George

Edward King MM 3 Commando
No 3 Commando

Troop Sergeant Major Edward 'Lofty' King, at the time a Lance Sergeant,  was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Agnone, Sicily. 

Sources;
London Gazettes Supp. 36217, page 4663.
Storm from the Sea, author Brig Peter Young.
Image: Greenhill Books (Pen & Sword).
 

KNILL, Ivor Richard

No 3 Commando
Private Ivor Knill died during operations in Le Plain Gruchet, France.
 
Whilst the actual circumstances of his death are not known by this archive,  No 3 Commando, with the rest of the 1st Special Service Brigade, were engaged at the time in an operation in the area of Le Plain Gruchet to infiltrate enemy lines and continue the offensive towards the Seine.
 
Sources
CWGC.

KOMROWER, Arthur George

Arthur George Komrower DSO
No 3 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Arthur Komrower was appointed D.S.O. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst temporarily commanding No. 3 Commando during operations at Termoli, Italy, between 4 -6 October 1943 [2]. This was during Lt. Col. Peter Young's short period of illness with malaria [3]

LANE, William

No 3 Commando

Lance Corporal William Lane died during operations at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

LEA, Charles

Grave of Pte Charles Lea
No 3 Commando

Private Charles Lea died during operations at Termoli.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

LEECH, John Ernest

John 'Jack' Leech MM and bar
No 3 Commando
Private John Leech was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in Calabria, Italy, between 28 August and 5 September 1943, a period in which he was also suffering the effects of malaria [2].
 
Promoted Sergeant, John 'Jack' Leech was awarded a bar to his Military Medal during operations at Normandy in June 1944 [3].
 
Citation for the award of a Bar to his Military Medal 

LEESE, Lincoln

No 3 Commando
Captain Lincoln Leese died during operations at Termoli after an enemy shell hit the building they were using as Commando HQ. He had previously lost an eye after being shot during operations at Malati Bridge whilst Captain of 1 troop.
 

LENEL, Ernst Richard

No 10 Commando
Ernst Lenel, who was of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Ernest Lawrence.  He was reported missing whilst attached to No 3 Commando after a solo intelligence gathering patrol at Amfreville. 
 
Sources:
Ten Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 

LEWIS, Hugh Howell

No 3 Commando

Lance Sergeant Hugh Lewis was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36349, page 519.
National Archives file WO 373/4/287.
 

LILEY, Eric Vincent

No 3 Commando

Fusilier Eric Liley, from Scarborough, served in No 3 Commando. Post war in 1950 he was awarded the George Medal for saving the life of a man in a quarry accident.  He was also presented with the Daily Herald Order of Industrial Heroism at the Roscoe Rooms, Scarborough, on the 22nd July 1950. His death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 86 of 1988.
 
Citation
Eric Vincent Liley, lately Dumper Driver, Scalby Road Quarry, Scarborough.
Donal Sutherland, Foreman, Scalby Road Quarry, Scarborough.

LLOYD, William Eric

No 3 Commando

Captain William Lloyd, 4 troop, died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He received a posthumous MiD in recognition of galland and distinguished services in the field.

MACKENZIE, Thomas

No 3 Commando

Private Thomas MacKenzie died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MARTIN, James Edward

Major James Martin No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
 James Edward 'Slinger' Martin Martin served as the Administrative Officer for No 3 Commando.  A veteran of the First World War serving as a Trooper with the 9th Lancers, and later post war with the 16th Lancers, attaining the rank of RSM.
 
On the 15th May 1940 the former RSM Martin was commissioned Lt (Quartermaster) in the Pioneer Corps. (Source: London Gazette Supp. 34877, page 3772.)
 

MCCAUGHAN, James Andrew

No 3 Commando
The circumstances of the death of Sergeant James McCaughan are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in Myanmar and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3Commando. This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos.42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.
 

MCGERTY, Francis

No 3 Commando

Sergeant Francis McGerty died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MILNE, Alan John Mitchell

Lieutenant Alan John Mitchell Milne
No 3 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Lieutenant Alan Milne served in No. 3 Commando, and on the staff of the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry.  He was blinded in the River Aller crossing, Germany, April 1945 [1].
 

Born at Marlow in 1922 and educated at the Dragon School, Oxford, and Uppingham. He enlisted in the Army immediately on leaving school in 1939 and served first in the Royal Artillery and then in the Commandos. It was when leading a bridgehead commando in Germany in the spring of 1945 that he was hit by a sniper's bullet which blinded him [2].

MOORE, Edward Lewis

Captain Ned Moore 3 Commando Medical Officer
No 3 Commando
Captain Edward Moore, M.B., R.A.M.C., Medical Officer attached to No. 3 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service after the landing at Agnone Sicily, and during the advance to the bridge at Malati on the night of 13/14 July 1943[2].
 

MURRAY, Hugh

No 3 Commando
Fusilier Hugh Murray died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MURRAY, James Gardner

No 3 Commando
Private James Gardner Murray was killed during operations at Vaagso. [1]
 
Second Lieutenant Bruce Giles wrote to his parents "l was with your son at the time, and he met his death like a soldier and a gentleman. Thank God it was instant." [2]
 

NICHOLS, Alexander Hause

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Alexander Nichols was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1]. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2][2a].
  • 28 July 1933 attested into the Royal Tank Corps [3].
  • 8 March 1940 transferred to the Royal Engineers [3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

NIXON, John Francis

Lt John Nixon MC 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lieutenant John Nixon was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [1]
  • 28 December 1945 Lieutenant Nixon relinquished his commission on account of disability and was granted the honorary rank of Captain. [2]
Captain John Nixon MC died in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in October 1972. [3]
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36327, page 256.

O'FLAHERTY, Denis William Venables Patrick

Denis William Venables Patrick O'Flaherty
Brigadier O'Flaherty
No 3 Commando
Lieutenant Denis O'Flaherty, No. 3 Commando 6 troop, was appointed DSO in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy on December 27th 1941 [1]. He additionally received a Mention in Despatches during this operation [1].
 
Lt. O'Flaherty was severely wounded during the operation, being shot in his eye, jaw, and neck, after which he was hospitalised for two years [2]
 

O'HARE, Albert George Mercier

No 3 Commando

Christina Orr adds "Albert, George, Mercier O’Hare, was my Mom’s youngest brother. He married Aunt Anne who is now 93. Uncle Albert survived the war but when he did die a few years ago he had a beautiful soldier’s funeral and the whole took his ashes up to Spean Bridge to be scattered around the Commando Memorial overlooking the Cairngorms where he did his training."

Post war Albert was very active in organising the Lancashire reunions for the original Commando Association.

OSBORNE, Vincent Arthur

Vincent Osborne MM 3 Commando
No 3 Commando

Lance Corporal Vincent Arthur 'Ozzie' Osborne, 3 Troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Normandy.

He was presented with his award at a ceremony at L'écarde quarry, Amfreville on the 16th July 1944 [view].

Post war in the 1950's he served in the Federation of Malaya Police as a Police Lieutenant: Platoon Commander in the Field Force. 

PANTALL, Richard William

No 3 Commando
Bombardier Richard Pantall was awarded the M.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1], during operations at Bova Marina between 24 August and 5 September 1943 [2].
 
On 26 August 1944 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36327, page 257.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/4/115.

PEEL, Clifford

No 3 Commando
Gunner Clifford Peel died in a firing range accident at Fort de L'Eau, Algeria. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2, author Brig. Durnford-Slater.
 

PERRIE, Thomas

Thomas Perrie 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Sergeant Thomas Perrie died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (No.3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
[Image] Taken from a No. 3 Cdo. 5 troop photo in our gallery dated Dec. 1941.
 

PIENAAR, W. F.

No 3 Commando
Lieutenant Pienaar, seconded to No 3 Commando from the South African Forces, died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He had been taken prisoner during the action, but with a group of others managed to escape thier captors.

POLLARD, Gordon

Maj Gordon Pollard MC MM
No 3 Commando
The then Sergeant Gordon Pollard, RA,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East (Egypt and Libya) during the period May, 1942 to October, 1942.
 
On the 16th May 1943 he was commisioned as Second Lieutenant. Subsequently he joined No 3 Commando remaining with them for the remainder of the war, his final rank attained in the Commandos was Major.
 

POOLEY, John Bertram Vaughan

No 3 Commando
Major John Pooley MC died during operations at Normandy. 
 
He had been promoted from the rank of Gunner in the Royal Artillery (TA) to be 2/Lt from the 10th January 1940.  After joining No 3 Commando he was awarded the Military Cross whilst a T/Captain in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sicily.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Publication date:  5 January 1940; Supplement:  34768; Page: 147.

RIGG, Pearson

Sergeant Pearson Rigg MM, 3 Commando
No 3 Commando

Sergeant Pearson Rigg was awarded the MM whilst a Private in No 3 Commando for his courage under fire between 3rd and 6th October 1943 at Termoli (Operation Devon).

Source
Award: London Gazettes Supp. 36349, page 519.
Final rank: Commando Association Lost Legion List 10.
 

RILEY, John

No 3 Commando
Private John Riley died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

RODERICK, Douglas

No 3 Commando
Douggie Roderick volunteered for No 3 Commando when it was first formed in 1940.  He was badly burned during the Vaagso raid when a phosphorous bomb hit thier boat. It was during this action that he received a Mention in Despatches.*
 
After his recovery in hospital he rejoined No 3 Commando serving with them until receiving a severe head wound in March 1944 which ended his Commando service.
 

RONALD, Alexander Scott

Major Alexander Ronald 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Major Alexander Ronald, Second in Command of No.6 Commando,  died during operations in North Africa [1]. 
Earlier he had received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services during operations on the Lofoten Islands March 1941 with No.3 Commando [2][2a]. 
He was the Captain of No.3 Commando 5 Troop in December 1941 later leaving the Commando to become 2 i/c No.6 Commando [3].

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