'4 Cdo. Roll of Honour'

                                                   The Fallen from No. 4 Commando
Capt. H.H. PENNINGTON
Capt. R.G. PETTIWARD
Capt. T.E. WILLIAMSON
Lieut. N.W. BARRASS
Lieut. M.F. BURNESS
Lieut. F.J. BURY
Lieut. D.HAIG-THOMAS
Lieut. J.A. MACDONALD
Lieut. A.C. MACKENZIE
Lieut. P. WELLESLEY-COLLEY
Lieut. P.M. WILSON
2/Lieut. F. ELMS
Sgt. D. LAING
Sgt. J. PARK
LSgt. J.A. CHITTY
LSgt. F. LLOYD
LSgt. A.J. WALKER
LSgt. G. FRASER
Cpl. W.J.F. HUGHES
Cpl. F.G. MASKELL
Cpl. J. MAYBURY
Cpl. S. MAULE
Bdr. A.L. HINDE
LCpl. J. BISHOP
LCpl. R.B. BORGMAN
LCpl. E.P. HECKMAN
LCpl. D.S. HOODLESS
LCpl. J. KEENAN
LCpl. D.T. MERCER
LCpl. A. MILLS
LCpl. J. MOSS
LCpl. B.J. MULLEN
LCpl. L.C. MUNNS
LCpl. F.R. MYNHEER
LCpl. S.F. ORCHIN
LCpl. R.J. OVENDEN
LCpl. J. PASQUALE
LCpl. A.W. WARD
LCpl. J. WHATLEY
Pte. L.J. BAILEY
Pte. H.A. BENNETT
Pte. F. BURKITT
Pte. H. DONKIN
Pte. O.R. FARNESE
Pte. W.O. GARTHWAITE
Pte. D. GILLON
Pte. S.W. GOFF
Pte. F.M. GOOCH
Pte. J.G. GROOM
Pte. P.J. GULVIN
Pte. K.G. HELLYER
Pte. O.G. HOOPER
Pte. D. HUTCHINSON
Pte. E.A. HUTCHISON
Pte. A.F. IVES
Pte. H.C. JENNINGS
Pte. J.H. KNIGHT
Pte. P. LAUX
Pte. S. McGANN
Pte. W.G. MEREDITH
Pte. J. NOTMAN
Pte. F.A. OLIVER
Pte. R.W. ONG
Pte. V.J. PALMER
Pte. W. PATMORE
Pte. I.R. RIDLAND
Pte. W.J. SADLER
Pte. J. SIEVEWRIGHT
Pte. S. SKINGLEY
Pte. S. SMALLMAN
Pte. J. STODDART
Pte. K.A. STOUT
Pte. G.H. SUTTON
Pte. O.P. TRAVERS
Pte. R. TYSON
Pte. P.A. WELLS
Pte. R.H. YOUNGMAN
Gnr. W.Y. HARVEY
Gnr. E.A. HILL
Gnr. F. SHAW
Gnr. F. SMITH
Gnr. T.C. TAYLOR
Fus. J. BALL
Fus. P.J. CLARKE
Fus. G. COLLINS
Gdsm.  J. WHITTAKER
Gdsm.  J.R. WALTERS
Rfn. J.B. COOK
Rfn. G.M. CRAIG
Rfn. J. WATTERS
Tpr. E. CAWTHRAY
Tpr. F.E. COX
Tpr. J.S. SIBLEY
Tpr. J. WALL
Sgmn. G.A. TUCKER
Spr. G. COULSON
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

BALL, Joseph

Funeral of Fus. Joseph Ball No 4 Commando

Fus. 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.]

BARRASS, Nicholas William

Lt. Barrass was killed during operations at Flushing.
 
Whilst engaged in a house clearance, he was killed by a sniper who fired from an adjacent building. The author of the book below describes him as being "a tall quiet spoken policeman, who had played football for Gateshead. "
(Source: Swiftly They Struck by Murdoch C. McDougall who served as a Lieut. in No 4 Commando.) 
 

CHITTY, John Albert

Lance Sergeant John Chitty, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.
 

DONKIN, Henry

A Veteran of Dunkirk, Pte Donkin, 'F' troop,  was shot and killed whilst engaging the enemy during operations at Flushing.
(Source: The Fighting Fourth by Maj James Dunning.)
 

ELMS, Frank

2/Lieut. Elms was killed during operations at Normandy.

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."
 

HOODLESS, Donald Samuel

Lance Corporal Donald Hoodless, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.
 

MACKENZIE, Alistair Campbell

Lt Mackenzie died in an accident at Troon.
 
Educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, he entered the University to take Economics, and became an enthusiastic member of the O.T.C., distinguishing himself in shooting. He took part in the Lofoten Islands raid.
 
He received his commission to 2/Lt on the 2nd October 1939. The entry in London Gazettes shows his first name spelt as Alister.

MAYBURY, John

Original grave of Cpl Maybury 4 Commando
Cpl. Maybury, 2 troop, was shot and killed during operations codenamed Intemperate 1 and 2, against the  German occupied island of Schouwen, Holland. 
 
His death is referred to in the book The Fighting Fourth by Maj. Dunning as "an ex-guardsman and one of the Commando's star footballers, who had been with the unit from its earliest days."
(Operation source: No 4 Cdo War Diary/Report by Capt. K. Wright No 4 Cdo. IO)
 

MERCER, Duncan Thompson

Lance Corporal Duncan Mercer died 5 days after operations at Dieppe. He has no known grave.

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."
 

PARK, John

Sergeant John Park was a veteran of the Dieppe raid. At the time of Sgt. Park's death units from his Commando were engaged on raids along the French coast (Hardtack raids). It is believed he may have drowned during one such raid at Gravelines, France.

View an entry about this Commando on our Forum Sgt John Park No 4 Commando.

SIEVEWRIGHT, John

Pte Sievewright was killed during operations at Normandy after volunteering to go forward to assist his seriously injured troop officer Captain Style.
(Source: The Fighting Fourth by Major James Dunning).
 

SMITH, Fred

Gnr. Smith died of wounds during operations at Normandy on DDay. He received a posthumous MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in Normandy."
(Source: CWGC and London Gazettes Supp. 36720, page 4474.)
 

STODDART, John

Pte John Stoddart 4 Commando
Pte. Stoddart was killed during operations at Flushing, Holland.
 
John 'Jack' Stoddart enlisted on a short service engagement with the Royal Scots (s/n 26333) on the 23rd October 1920 aged 17 years. He served in India from the 18th February 1922 until the 10th April 1926. He was discharged on the 22nd October 1932. On the 6th November 1939 he re-enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers TA and was then transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He then volunteered for No 4 Commando.

SUTTON, George Henry

George Sutton 4 Commando
Pte. Sutton was killed during operations at Dieppe.
 
In a letter to his parents Lord Lovat wrote, " Your son fought magnificently and died in the hour of victory. No man can do more. He is a credit to his Commando and his Country. "
​(Source: Commando Veterans Archive entry for Pte Sutton.)
 

WALKER, Alfred John

LSgt Walker, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was killed during operations at Flushing.

It was while marshalling the prisoners into loading parties that L/Sgt. A. J. Walker was fatally wounded by a shell which burst on the Oranje Molen promontory.
(Source: Intelligence Report quoted in a forum message HERE.)
 

WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
LCpl. Ward was killed during operations at Normandy.
 
He served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war. His three brothers also served in the Armed Forces, and his sister nursed in a military hospital.
(Source: CVA Gallery newspaper cutting.)
 

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