No 5 Commando
The following reports relate to the operations of the Commando Units attached to 3 Commando Brigade that took place after the 1st January 1944.
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.
scan of letters documenting the formation of No5 Commando in 1940
Scan of original document listing the first Commanding Officer and Troop Leaders of No5 Commando on its formation in 1940. Listed are prospective subalterns for each troop.
Raymond Thomas Casamajor Addington, the third son of the 6th Viscount Sidmouth, joined No 5 Commando as a 2/Lieutenant upon their formation in July 1940  . He was promoted Lieutenant on the 1st January 1941 . Lieutenant Addington took part with No 5 Commando in Operation Ironclad at Madagascar .
Private James Beech, HQ 3 Special Service (Commando) Bde., reported initially by the War Office to have died a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, died in Poona Hospital, India, a victim of infantile paralysis. [1+2]
On the 31st January 1945 he is listed as being wounded whilst with No 5 Commando. 
Sergeant Robert Beveridge died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.
Sergeant John Blakemore died during operations in Madagascar.
Private James Brown was awarded the MM for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942  . He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown .
After a brief spell as 2i/c No 5 Commando, the then Major John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill (later affectionately known by some as Mad Jack) moved to 2i/c No 3 Commando. Shortly after Lt Col Newman was taken prisoner at St Nazaire in 1942, Major Churchill was promoted Lt Col. to replace him as OC No 2 Commando. Lt Col Churchill remained OC until he was also taken prisoner in 1944.
An account by Bob Bishop No 2 Commando from his history of No 2:
The full circumstances of the death of Private Frederick Clifford are not known by this archive.
Former Driver H. J. T. Cole of No. 5 Commando, later a Sergeant in the Royal Australian Army, died in 1955. [Source: Commando Association newsletter 23].
Mick Collins, 5 troop, met his good friend and Commando Pal, Geoff Hill, at the King's Royal Rifle Corps recruiting office as they were enlisting. They later volunteered for special service in the Commandos together, trained at Achnacarry together and were paired up as Commando Pals. They fought side by side in Burma where they were both WIA on 23 March 1944. Post WWII they remained in close friends and stayed in contact until Mick sadly died in February 1956.
Rifleman Henry Cook , No 5 Commando HQ, died in Hong Kong.
Private Charles Cooke died during operations in Madagascar.
The full circumstances of the death of Lance Corporal Henry Edwards are not known by this archive.
Sergeant William Ferguson died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.
Private James Fleming died as a result of a fall from a train.  and 
The circumstances of the death of Private Frederic Godden are not as yet known by this archive.
Private Griffiths died on active service in Hong Kong.
Private James Hodges, 5 troop, died during operations at Maungdaw.
Private George Hulmes died during operations in Madagascar.
Sergeant George Ide died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.
Lance Sergeant Bertie Johnson died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.
The full circumstances of the death of Company Sergeant Major Douglas Johnson are not known by this archive.
The death of Sergeant Joseph Robert Kerr (14 & 5 Cdos) of Hensingham, Whitehawn, Cumbria, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 68 issued March 1979.
The full circumstances of the death of Lance Corporal Robert Lycett are not as yet known by this archive.
Private Jack McNiff died during the period when No 5 Commando were involved in operations in Madagascar.
- 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 .
The full circumstances of the death of Rifleman Charles Miles are not known by this archive.
Bombardier William Nelson died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations in the Maungdaw and Ramree area.
Corporal George Ormesher died during operations in Madagascar.
Private James Parker was mortally wounded by a premature explosion of a no.
Captain John Peebles MC was mortally wounded by a premature explosion of a no. 68 grenade on a field firing exercise at Cheverton Down, nr Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.
Private William Phillips died on active service in Hong Kong.
Pte Serrick was born in Nova Scotia. He was one of a group of young Canadians who were recruited into the Manchester Regiment by a Col R B Willis DSO - a retired officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment who had also served in 'The Manchesters'. This group of Canadian volunteers became known as the 'Halifax Hundred'.
Rifleman Alfred Stapleton died during operations at Kangaw.
A personal account of the memories of Ted Stuart, No 5 Commando, who volunteered for Mission 204.
Private Haydn Walters died of illness in Kedgeon, near Poona, India,
Former Sergeant John James 'Paddy' Ward (5 Cdo) died whilst at sea and was buried in New Jersey. (Source: Commando Association newsletter 35.)