3 Cdo. Roll of Honour

                                                   The Fallen from No. 3 Commando
Major B.D. BUTLER
Major J.B. POOLEY
Capt. J. ALDERSON
Capt. S.D. CORRY
Capt. A.A. ELLIS
Capt. H.W. FORRESTER
Capt. J.F. GILES
Capt. J.H. THOMAS
Capt. L. LEESE
Capt. W.E. LLOYD
Capt. A.F. RUXTON
Lieut. A.D. BUTLER
Lieut. G.C. CAVE
Lieut. R.G.  HERBERT
Lieut. P.J.  KENWARD
Lieut. E.A.  KIAER
Lieut. W.F.  PIENAAR
Lieut. M.  WOODCOCK
2/Lieut. J.M.  HUTCHINGS
2/Lieut. E.V.  LOUSTALOT
R.S.M.  H.E. BEESLEY
C.S.M.  G.W. BRIGGS
C.S.M.  R.W. EDWARDS
C.S.M.  H.  SHAW
C.S.M.  N. WAREING
C.S.M.  V. COAKER
Sgt. A.J.  CORK
Sgt. D.R.  MACKIE
Sgt. J.A.  McCAUGHAN
Sgt. F.  McGERTY
Sgt. T.  PERRIE
Sgt. E.  SPIERS
Sgt. F.  TEASDALE
Sgt. G.  VASEY
LSgt. W.  CULLING
LSgt. W.J.  EDMUNDS
LSgt. E.J.  GEEAR
LSgt. J.  GRANT
LSgt. W.J.  GUNNINGHAM
LSgt. L.  HARPER
LSgt. C.R. HUGHES
LSgt. J.W.  MILLS
LSgt. H.T. POVEY
LSgt. A.I.  SINCLAIR
LSgt. F.J.  WINSER
Cpl. F.  BOYLE
Cpl. W.G.  FLOYD
Cpl. T.C. GERRARD
Cpl. R.S.  HENDERSON
Cpl. F.W.  HOPKINS
Cpl. A. K.  MACDONALD
Cpl. J.J.  ROBINSON
Cpl. R.H. THISTLEWOOD
Cpl. S.G.  WOODWARD
LCpl. F.  BAKER
LCpl. W.S.  BOWLER
LCpl. D.G.  BRIDLE
LCpl. A.  CARLISLE
LCpl. T.  COLBERT
LCpl. A.J.  CRAFT
LCpl. A.A.  GUEST
LCpl. R.  HARDING
LCpl. G.  HODGSON
LCpl. J.H.  HUNT
LCpl. E.C. JARROM
LCPL. W.  LANE
LCpl. S.A.  MITCHELL
LCpl. L.S.  NEWELL
LCpl. W.R.  OWEN
LCpl. P.C.  QUINN
LCpl. J.A.  RACE
LCpl. J.  SKELTON
LCpl. J.W.  TUPPER
LCpl. L.H.  UNDERWOOD
LBdr. J.H.  DAY
Pte. A.A.  ANDERSON
Pte. C.E.  BARRETT
Pte. J.D.  BOYCE
Pte. C.T.  BRADBURY
Pte. F.S.  BROADBENT
Pte. J.  BROSTER
Pte. J.R.  BRYAN
Pte. E.A.  CARDOZO
Pte. J.  CATTERALL
Pte. A.E.  CHILLINGWORTH
Pte. R.  COFFIN
Pte. L.  COTTERELL
Pte. A.  COULSON
Pte. J.K.  CULLEN
Pte. R.H. DAVIES
Pte. S.G. DAVIS
Pte. R.  DORSETT
Pte. K.C.  DRANSFIELD
Pte. J. DUNNE
Pte. W.  EDWARDS
Pte. F.G.  EVANS
Pte. G.  EVANS
Pte. B.G.  FERGUSON
Pte. D.M.  FISHER
Pte. J.G.  FREESTON
Pte. J.W.  GILLARD
Pte. E.W.  GOODY
Pte. C.  GREIG
Pte. G. GRIEVE
Pte. R.E. GRIFFITHS
Pte. L.J.  HAMMOND
Pte. E.  HANKINSON
Pte. E.F.  HARDING
Pte. N.  HARRISON
Pte. H. HAYES
Pte. G.  HERN
Pte. J.L. HEWITT
Pte. J.W.  HICKS
Pte. F. HINDE
Pte. J.E.  HITCHCOCK
Pte. E.J.  HOWARD
Pte. L.T.  JACKMAN
Pte. D.A.  JOHNSON
Pte. G.M.  JONES
Pte. K.E.  JONES
Pte. P.H.J.  KEAST
Pte. I.R.  KNILL
Pte. J.A.  LACEY
Pte. C. LAMBERT
Pte. C. LEA
Pte. E.R. LEDDINGTON
Pte. R.W. LITTLE
Pte. G.A. LUSTED
Pte. T. McKENZIE
Pte. E.R. MALLETT
Pte. G.G. MART
Pte. S.W. MILLS
Pte. L.W. MOON
Pte. J.G. MURRAY
Pte. H.J. NEEDHAM
Pte. R.J. NOLAN
Pte. A.J. PARSONS
Pte. F.C. RABBETTS
Pte. F.M. RHODES
Pte. G.W. RICHARDS
Pte. J. RILEY
Pte. J. ROBB
Pte. A.W. ROBBINS
Pte. J.A. STEWARD
Pte. H.S. SUTTON
Pte. B. TAYLOR (TUCHMANN)
Pte. F.W. TURLEY
Pte. C.T. VERNON
Pte. E. WARREN
Pte. G. WHITTLES
Pte. H.C. WILLS
Gnr. K.S. BELL
Gnr. T. CARTER
Gnr. J. CLELLAND
Gnr. J. CONYARD
Gnr. G.W. COOPER
Gnr. C. FOWLE
Gnr. E. GREEN
Gnr. H.W. HUGHES
Gnr. C. PEEL
Gnr. W.P. PRITCHARD
Gnr. C.E. SARGENT
Gnr. J. SMITH
Gnr. R.M. TICKELL
Gnr. H.S. WADSWORTH
Gnr. W. WALL
Gnr. B.W. WHARTON
Rfn. A.F. COX
Rfn. R.L. HAYWARD
Fus. F.W. BISHOP
Fus. H.L. CLARKE
Fus. J.R. DAVIES
Fus. A.D. EVANS
Fus. H.E. JONES
Fus. H. MURRAY
Fus. W.A. NIXON
Fus. E. PICKERSGILL
Fus. T.R. SHARP
Fus. A. WILLIAMS
Gdsm. L. CAMPBELL
Gdsm. R.C. DEAN
Gdsm. D. GOWANS
Gdsm. E.W. GRIFFITHS
Gdsm. A. McDONALD
Gdsm. H.M. MELVILLE
Gdsm. J. McGONNIGLE
Gdsm. R.A. MILLS
Tpr. W. MITCHELL
Spr. R.A. ADDERLEY
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

ALDERSON, John

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

BUTLER, Brian Dear

Major Brian 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:
CWGC
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.
 

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 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.
 

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.)
 

EDWARDS, Reginald William

Brig. John Durnford-Slater records in his book Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 that CSM Edwards died of wounds.
 
2 months prior to his death in the UK, CSM Edwards and Tprs. Barnes, Bennett, Kingsley, O'Connell, and Roberts, had been reported missing when a patrol from 3 troop returned to Chateau d'Amfreville. The patrol had left  at 0130 hrs on the 27th June 1944  for the area of GDE Fme du Buisson returning 5 hours later with a prisoner. (Source: No 3 Cdo War Diary June 1944.)
 

FERGUSON, Bryan Gratney

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.

GILES, John Frederick

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.

GREIG, Charles

Pte Greig is buried in a War Cemetery in India.  The exact circumstances of his death are not known at this stage by this archive. At the time of his death No 3 Commando were based in Worthing, UK.

His name is not on the Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour, however his secondary unit is shown as No 3 Commando on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.

It should be noted that 3 Commando Brigade (Nos 42RM, 44RM, 1, and 5 Commandos) were in India at this time. 

HARPER, Leslie

Sergeant Leslie Harper 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Leslie Harper was killed during operations at Agnone and 3 Commando Bridge. [1]+[2].

 

Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Saturday 28 August 1943.

"Commando Killed In Action :-  Mr. and Mrs. S. Harper, 66 Broadway, Blackpool, have received intimation that their son, Sergt. Leslie Harper, of a Commando unit, was killed in action against paratroops in Sicily on July 13."
 

HODGSON, George

Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, was killed during operations at Amfreville.  

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."

HUGHES, Charles Richard

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

HUTCHINGS, John Middleton

2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Original grave of 2Lt Hutchings 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."
 

KENWARD, Peter John

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

KIAER, Eric Arnold

Lt Kiaer was killed during the Normandy landings.
 
He had previously received an MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."
Award Source: LG Publication date: 25 April 1944; Supplement: 36486; Page: 1927
 

KNILL, Ivor Richard

Pte Knill was killed 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.
(Source: ROH in Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig John Durnford-Slater).
 

LEESE, Lincoln

Capt Leese was killed 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 Punta dei Malati whilst Captain of 1 troop.
Source: Memoirs of a Fighting Commando by Brig John Durnford-Slater
 

MCCAUGHAN, James Andrew

The details surrounding the death of Sgt McCaughan are not known to us. As the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database states No 3 Commando he has been added to our online ROH,  however that unit was in a different theatre of war at the time. We do not therefore know what unit he was attached to at the time of his death, nor the details of his Commando service.

MURRAY, James Gardner

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]
 

PIENAAR, W. F.

Lt Pienaar, seconded to No 3 Commando from the SA Forces, was killed during operations at Agnone and the Punta dei Malati Bridge. He had been taken prisoner during the action, but with a group of others managed to escape thier captors. Lt Pienaar was shot and killed during this escape.
Source: 'Storm From The Sea' by Brig. Peter Young.

POOLEY, John Bertram Vaughan

Major John Pooley MC was killed during the action in 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.

SMITH, Joseph

Gnr Smith was killed "as a result of a ricochet from a bullet, or a fragment of stone or other hard material, cast up from the strike of a bullet in the course of military training."

(Source: No 3 Cdo War Diary June-Dec. 1940, ref WO/218/3.)

STEWARD, John Arthur

Pte Steward died of wounds in the UK.
 
The No 3 Commando War Diary records the fact he was  wounded in September 1943, and hospitalised from then and until December when the Commando embarked for the UK, arriving back in Liverpool on the 4th January 1944.
 
Additional Sources: 
Photo - His nephew Alan Martin.

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