No 4 Commando
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.
These are the main operations that No 4 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 4 Commando.
Click on the links for more detail about each.
The following list contain the names, ranks and numbers of the officers and men of No4 Commando who participated. It also includes some from No 10 (IA) Commando Free French and 'X' troop, and others including some US Rangers, who were attached to the Commandos for the raid. It does not contain those from No 3 Commando and 40RM Commando as no such full list of names has been found.
This is a transcript of the introduction by the author of the original list that was compiled for No 4 Commando.
A few amendments and additions have been made since then.
Sergeant William Adlam was awarded the MM whilst serving with the Glosters as part of the British Expeditionary Force 1939-40 . On his return to the UK he volunteered for the newly formed No 4 Commando and in November 1940 was attached to 'G' troop . In August 1942 he took part in Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe raid .
Fusilier Joseph Ball was shot and killed in circumstances that remain to this day somewhat lacking of any official acount. It is believed that the fatal shot was fired by a patrol of the Dutch Navy.
Photos of his funeral are in our gallery. [Go to gallery.]
A report into the shooting written in 2012 by Jack Bakker can be found here [View report.]
The following information is from Jack Bakker who has researched the incident.
Private Hector Bennett died during operations at Normandy.
Lance Corporal John Bishop died during operations at Dieppe.
Pte J Burgess is listed in Commando Association Lost Legion No.2 which is of those they had lost contact with over the years.
Private Frederick Burkitt died during operations at Normandy.
- 27th May 1954 commissioned Lt. (Qr.Mr) in the Foresters .
- 29th January 1957 received a MiD in recognition of distinguished services in Cyprus for the period 1st July to 3lst December, 1956 .
- 2nd July 1959 promoted Captain (Qr.Mr.) Parachute Regiment .
Trooper Eric Cawthray died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Fusilier Patrick Clarke died during operations at Normandy.
Fusilier George Collins died during operations at Normandy.
Rifleman John Cook died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
On the 21st September 1954 he was promoted Major in the Royal Pioneer Corps .
Trooper Frederick Cox died during operations at Normandy.
Rifleman George Craig died in the UK of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy.
Officer Commanding No 4 Commando from 1943 until 1945.
Lt. Robert Dawson was one of the first subalterns to join No 4 Commando in 1940, later taking part in the Dieppe raid as Captain of 'C' troop. The following year he was promoted Major and 2 i/c No 4 Commando when the then 2i/c, Major Derek Mills-Roberts, left to take over as OC No 6 Commando.
The No 4 Commando War Diary records "5th to 6th July 1944 Place: Hauger - A patrol under Lieut. Elms proceeded to recce the BOIS DU BOISSON - GONNEVILLE ROAD for the purpose of observing enemy movements and locating any possible new dispositions for the intended fighting patrol that was to put in an attack in that area at night. Lieut. Elms had the misfortune to be hit and severely wounded when approaching the FDLs and later died."
Private Orlando Farnese died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Joe Farnworth's death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 55 of 1972. His rank there is shown as Cpl. and he is additionally shown as serving in No 12 Cdo.
Private William Garthwaite, 'C' troop, died during operations at Dieppe.
Private Douglas Gillon died during operations in the Netherlands.
Private Samuel Goff, 'C' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died in the UK of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy.
Private Frederick Gooch died during operations at Dieppe.
Private James Groom died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Private Peter Gulvin died of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy.
Lieutenant David Haig-Thomas, No. 4 Commando 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. .
Lance Corporal Edward Heckman died during operations at Dieppe.
Private Kenneth Hellyer died in a training exercise accident.
Private Owen Hooper died during operations at Flushing, Holland.
Corporal Walter Hughes died during operations in Normandy.
Private Harold Jennings died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Marine (Acting Temororary Corporal) Harold Jones, 4 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the MM for "gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations at Walcheren and Flushing whilst attached to No 4 Commando. "
Lance Corporal James Keenan died during operations at Dieppe.
Private John Knight died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Sergeant David Laing, 'E' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Normandy.
Lance Sergeant Frank Lloyd died during operations at Normandy.
Lord Lovat first enlisted in the Scots Guards in 1932, leaving the army in 1937. Two years later at the outbreak of war he rejoined the Army in the Lovat Scouts. Lord Lovat was part of a small but elite group of men who formed the idea of a Special Training Centre, agreed on the location, and devised and implemented a course of training once it was approved. This became the first of many Special Training Centres, STC Lochailort.
The training took place in and around the camp at Lochailort, Lord Lovat's role being Fieldcraft instruction.
Lieutenant John Macdonald, 'F' troop, died during operations at Dieppe.
Citation for the MM
Corporal Frederick Maskell died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Corporal Stanley Maule died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Gunner Thomas McDonough was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
Private Stanley McGann died in the UK of wounds received during operations at Dieppe.
- Commissioned Second Lieutenant May 1940 .
- Received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field .
- Awarded the M.C. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe .
Stephen, son of Bill Lewis 3 Commando, adds, "He was in 4 Commando on the Varengeville Battery Raid. He is commemorated at the Brookwood Memorial in Surrey and at the little church in Varengeville- sur-Mer. He worked with my mother as a greengrocers delivery boy and then joined the Kings Regiment. He was very popular and terribly missed."
Private William Meredith died during operations at Normandy.
Lance Corporal Alexander Mills died during operations at Dieppe.
Born in 1908; educated at Liverpool College and Oxford University; worked for his father's firm of solicitors, 1935; joined Supplementary Reserve of Officers, Irish Guards, 1936; joined 1 Bn, Irish Guards, 1939-1942, and served in Norway; transferred to special services No 4 Commando, 1942; took part in Dieppe Raid, Aug 1942; Lt Col, 1943; Commanding Officer, No 6 Commando, North Africa, 1943; Brig, 1944; commanded 1 Special Service Bde (later 1 Commando Bde), North West Europe, 1944-1945; accepted the surrender of FM Erhard Milch at Neustadt, May 1945; retired from Army, 1945; commanded 12
John Moss, serving under the alias of Taylor, died during operations at Dieppe.
Lance Corporal Brian Mullen died during operations at Normandy on DDay. A talented artist and photographer LCpl Mullen had previously taken part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids.