No 3 Commando

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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.
 

3 Commando replacements July 1944

No 3 Cdo War Diary 1st Jan - 31 Dec 1944 National Archives ref. WO218 / 65.

 
145561 LT RAE CGC R ARTILLERY
184123 LT WEEDEN GD LEICESTERSHIRE REGT
242288 LT WASSELL RP HEREFORD S
268224 LT BAIKIE DA ARGYLL & SH
315174 LT URE JC BLACK WATCH
269428 LT DRAYTON MW 
CH/X 106521 MNE GALLANT DT ROYAL MARINES
PO/X 103992 MNE POTTS H ROYAL MARINES
PLY/X 100335 MNE GRAHAM WK ROYAL MARINES

ALDERSON, John

Captain Alderson MC, OC 6 troop,  was was killed during the action at Leese in 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

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]
 

BARTHOLOMEW, Peter Ian (Lt Col)

Peter Ian Bartholomew 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. 
 
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe, the award being published in June 1945.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37138, page 3231.)

BROWN, Robert, F.

Lance Corporal Robert F. Brown received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 377787, page 5606 & Supp. 39355, page 5284 (errata).
 

BUTLER, Brian Dear

Major Butler MC was killed at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. He and five others were killed. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others wounded. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross whilst a T/Captain for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy".
 
Sources: No 3 Commando War Diary dated 11th June 1944.
London Gazettes publication date 25th January 1944; Supplement 36349; Page 518.
 

CAMPBELL, Leslie

Guardsman Leslie 'Jock' Campbell, 3 troop, was killed 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].

CHILLINGWORTH, Albert Edward

Pte Chillingworth died of wounds during operations at Normandy.

Enlisted 4th November 1940 and after volunteering for the Commandos, was posted to the Commando Depot  on the 12th October 1942, joining No 3 Commando on the 11th November 1942.
Source: Extract from service record in gallery entry.
 

CLARKE, Roy

Roy Clarke No 3 Commando
Pte. 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

Troop Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker was killed during operations on D Day.

We have numerous photos in our gallery of him in both 3 and 4 troops and it is clear that he had served in the Commando since at least June 1942 (the first dated photo). Although we have only listed the two operations where we have confirmed references that he served, it is likely that he would have been with No 3 Commando on all their operations since at least June 1942.

COLBERT, Thomas

Lance Corporal Thomas Colbert was killed 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.
 

CORRY, Samuel David

Captain Corry was killed during operations at Dieppe.
 
He had also been Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
(Source: LG Publication date: 31 March 1943; Supplement: 35510: Page: 1506.)
 

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