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ALLEN, George Edward

Private George  Allen died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Cdo War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

BERRISFORD, Peter John

Peter John Berrisford MM 6 Commando

Peter John Berrisford was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa whilst a Sergeant in No 6 Commando [1]. He was noted as having spent four days alone on Djebel El Azzag (Green Hill) after the aborted attack on 30th November 1942. During that time he lay by himself on the plateau observing the location of the German machine gun positions, returning to the Commando on 3rd December 1942 at Sedjenane [2]

BLINMAN, Harold Trevor

Lance Corporal Harold Blinman died during operations in North Africa.
 
At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

BLUNDEN, Alfred Edgar

Company Sergeant Major Alfred Blunden died during operations at Normandy. [1] 
 
Known as Jimmy, son of Alfred Ernest and Florence Jessie Blunden, of Shepherd's Bush, London; husband of Alice Norah May Blunden, of Shepherd's Bush. [1] . He was a middleweight boxer for the Commando and is mentioned in this 1942 Tournament score sheet against No 9 Commando.  [2]
 
Extract from the West London Observer - Friday 02 January 1942

BONVIN, John Alexander

Lieutenant John Bonvin died in the opening hours of the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.
 
In March 1942 he took part in the raid at St Nazaire as a section officer of a demolitions team on board ML 443. He was evacuated back to the UK as his ML was unable to land the Commandos on board.
 
Lieut. Bonvin was a Swiss national entitled to British citizenship having been born in London to Swiss parents. At the outbreak of war he renounced his Swiss citizenship and travelled to Britain to enlist.
 

CARTLIDGE, Horace C.

Lance Sergeant  Horace Cartlidge died as a result of a grenade priming accident at sea.
 
Gnr. Thomas Pritchard, No 6 Commando, was injured during this accident and died of his wounds later. The accident occurred on the 9 Dec. 1941 whilst aboard the HMS.Prince Charles, late afternoon. The ship was being used for night time landings.
 

CHARITY, Arthur

Fusilier Arthur Charity died 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 

CLAPTON, John Francis

Lieutenant John Clapton was awarded the M.C.[1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 28 January 1945 whilst leading a small Recce patrol at a wood near Linne [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 37027, page 1942.
[2] National Archives file WO373/53/64.
 

COATES, William John Lewis

Private William Coates died during operations in North Africa. ​At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

CONNOLLY, John Henry

Sergeant John Connolly was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Field [1].

The citation records that Sgt. Connolly had been captured at Bizerta on the 15 December 1942 and taken via Palermo to Campo 70 at Monturano, Italy.  He and 2 other NCO's escaped on 12 July 1943, and made their way towards Switzerland , However after walking 120 miles they were recaptured on 22 July 943, returned to the Camp, and "beaten up."  Sgt. Connolly later escaped again and met with British forces on 22 December 1943 [2].

CROUCH, Ernest

Grave of Pte Crouch 6 Commando
Private Ernest Crouch, 3 troop, died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

DAVIS, Thomas

Lance Sergeant Thomas Davis was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36180, page 4220.
National Archives file WO 373/2/345.
 

DOBBS, Cyril

Cyril Dobbs MM 4 Commando
Sergeant Cyril Dobbs was awarded the M.M., [1] for his gallantry on the night of the 24/25 February 1945 whilst a member of a Fighting Patrol sent out across the River Maas to bring back a prisoner [2].
 
He also served in No. 4 Commando [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37061, page 2336.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/53/898.
[3] Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.

ELLIS, Derek Charles

Corporal Derek Ellis, formerly 101 Troop No. 6 Commando [1], was awarded the Military Medal [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to No. 2 Special Boat Section during operations at Oran harbour on 8 November 1942 [3]. He had served with 2SBS since its formation, was a parachutist, and was promoted Sergeant [1].
 
Sources
[1] Timeline of the Special Boat section (Home) (below).

ELLIS, Richard Paul

Fusilier Richard Ellis died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

ELSDON, George Henry

Sergeant George Elsdon died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Cdo War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

FAZAN, Gilbert Roy

Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan 6 Commando
Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan died during operations at Normandy.
 
The No. 6 Commando War Diary records
"Commando is mortared 4 casualties. Capt Robinson and 1 Troop comes in and tells us Lieut Fazan killed.  Lieut Stalker and 10 O.R.'s wounded."
 
Extract from the Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser - Friday 23 June 1944

FINDLEY, Frederick George

Troop Sergeant Major Frederick Findley was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 6 January 1943 during the withdrawal from Djebel el Azag, Tunisia [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36180, page 4220.
[2] National Archives file WO373/2/382.
 

GOODALL, William

Lance Sergeant William Goodall was awarded the MM [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 12/13 December 1942 whilst leading a patrol in the area of Djebel el Keddia, Tunisia [2].
 

GRAY, Patrick Edward

Patrick Edward Gray MM 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Patrick Gray was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy [1]. He was presented with his award in a ceremony at L'écarde quarry, Amfreville on the 16th July 1944 [view].
 
15th June 1946 commissioned Second Lieutenant [2].
31st March 1950 - Captain in the Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.) [3].

HARDEY, Ronald Graham Kennell

Capt RGK Hardey MC
Captain Ronald Hardey, 2 troop, was awarded the MC for his gallantry and leadership during operations on D Day at Normandy. (London Gazettes Supp. 36679, page 4046.)
 
In 1945 he served at the CBTC. He is shown in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945." (CVA Gallery).
 

HARRISON, Arthur Herbert

Lance Sergeant Arthur Harrison was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry during operations at Osnabruck on the 4th April 1945 whilst successfully clearing a large factory  of enemy snipers.
 
The death of "L/Sgt. Arthur Herbert Harrison MM of Harrogate, Yorks." was announced in Commando Association newsletter 109 issued September 1999.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37172, page 3594.
National Archives file WO 373/54/900.
 

HUGO, Terence James

Grave of Lt TJ Hugo 6 Commando
Lieutenant Terence Hugo, 1 troop, died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

IBINSON, J.R.

Former Gunner J. R. Ibinson of No. 6 Commando died as the result of a coal mining accident at Geddling Colliery, Notts., in 1955. [Source: Commando Association newsletter 23].
 

JENKINS, Edward

Private Edward Jenkins died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

KHYTOVITCH, Eric

Eric Khytovitch MM 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944 records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16." [2]. 
 

LEWIS, Anthony David (Lt Col)

Officer Commanding No 6 Commando  from June 1944 onwards.
 
Commissioned as a 2/Lt in 1939 he was serving in France as part of the BEF.   A veteran of Dunkirk, he was promoted 2/Lt to Lieutenant 3rd Jan 1941. After a brief spell with No 4 Commando before rejoining the Dorsets to take part in Operation Torch , he would volunteer for and join No 6 Commando whilst out in North Africa. 
 

LISTER, William

Lance Sergeant William Lister was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

The death of LSgt. William Lister MM (6 Cdo) from Burnley, Lancs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 107 issued August 1998.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36180, page 4220 & Supp.36243, page4959 (errata).
 

LISTON, William

Private William Liston died during operations at Normandy.
 
The No. 6 Commando War Diary records
 "11th June 1944 Place: In the field, Le Plein. We shell BREVILLE. We are shelled heavily. We capture a ½ track 20mm gun. p.m. - Continued to be shelled. Casualties 3."
 
William Liston met and married his wife Joyce whilst billeted at Keswick in 1943, and is also remembered on the Keswick War Memorial.
 

LORAINE, Peter Paul

Private Peter Paul Loraine, Essex Regiment, was awarded the M.M., announced in London Gazettes on 12 August 1941, in recognition of distinguished services in the Field [1].
 
  • 23 March 1941 Private Paul Peter Loraine from the Essex Regiment is commissioned as Second Lieutenant into the General List, service no. 183050, (without army pay and allowances). [2].
  • 10 August 1941 Second Lt. P.P. Loraine receives pay and allowances [3].

LORD, Robert Stephen

Fusilier Robert Lord died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

MAGINNIS, John

Rifleman John Maginnis volunteered for the Commandos whilst serving in the Royal Ulster Rifles. He initially joined No 12 Commando and on their disbandment moved to No 6 Commando. 
 

MCCURRIE, Peter

Rifleman Peter McCurrie
Rifleman Peter McCurrie, a former member of No.6 Commando in WW2, died during operations in Korea serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles. He was a prisoner of war at the time of his death. He is remembered on the UN Memorial Wall at Pusan, and his name is also inscribed on the War Memorial at Frizington, Cumbria.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Commando Association newsletter 18 issued March 1954.
Image credits

MCNALLY, Victor

Lance Corporal Victor McNally died during operations in North Africa.

His brother, Fusilier McNally, served in No 5 Commando.*
 
Sources
CWGC
*Commando Association newsletter 6 issued March 1948
 

MEEHAN, Hugh

Corporal Hugh Meehan died during operations in North Africa. ​At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

MILLS-ROBERTS, Derek (Brig)

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

NEEDLER, Jack

Corporal Jack Needler died at Barossa Barracks Aldershot from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Enlisted 19th October 1939 at Hull. 
Served in HQ Troop Intelligence Section 6 Commando
Wounded in action 20th August 1944.

Sources
CWGC
Certified copy of Death Certificate issued in the sub district of Aldershot.
Army Book AB64 published on website WW2 Talk.
 

O'ROURKE, Patrick

Grave of Gnr O'Rourke 6 Commando
Gunner Patrick O'Rourke died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

PARRY, Edwin

Gunner Edwin Parry died during operations in Normandy. At the time of his death the Commando were engaged in an attack on Dozule.
 
Sources
CWGC
Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig. John Durnford-Slater
 

PENN, Leonard William

Private Leonard Penn was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in North West Europe [1]
 
Recommendation
"Pte. Penn has served with his Troop as No.1 on the Bren gun since D Day. His gallantry dash and initiative have contributed in great measure to the success of several Troop actions.

PHILIPS, Michael Rex Selou

Lance Corporal Philips served in No. 6 Commando [1]. He was selected for Officer training and on the 25th July 1942 was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Berkshire Regiment [2]. He was awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst serving as a Lieutenant with the 10th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment in recognition of gallant and distinguished service at Vandria, Italy [4].
 
Sources
[1] Commando Association newsletter 105 issued September 1997.

PREECE, Frederick Amos

Trooper Frederick Preece 6 Commando
Trooper Frederick Preece, 101 Troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry in a raid on Boulogne Harbour.
 
Recomendation for award
On the night of 11/12th April 1942, Captain Montanaro, accompanied by Trooper Preece, entered Boulogne Harbour in a canoe which had been taken by a Motor Launch to about one and a half miles from the harbour entrance.

PRICE, George

Lance Sergeant George Price died during operations at Normandy.
 
Extract from the No 6 Cdo War Diary for the 10th June.
 "Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

PRITCHARD, Thomas

Gunner Thomas Pritchard died in the UK of injuries received in an accident whilst grenades were being primed on board the ship HMS Prince Charles.
 
He was injured in the same grenade priming accident which killed LSgt  H.C. Cartlidge, No 6 Commando. The accident occurred late afternoon on the 9th December 1941. The ship was being used for night time landings.
 
Sources
CWGC.

RAE, Walter

Sergeant Walter Rae (see note) was awarded the M.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [1] during the action that came to be known as the Battle of Steamroller Farm. 
 
Recommendation
26th Feb 1943 Fedi Et Attia (516128 Sheet 34)

RAMSDEN, Harry

Private Harry Ramsden died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

ROBINSON, Douglas Arthur

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Douglas Arthur Robinson was awarded the M.C. [1], in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 26 February 1943 at Fedi Et Attia, Tunisia [2], in the action that became known as the Battle of Steamroller Farm.
 

ROBSON, John

Private John Robson, aged 18, died [1] when a grenade was accidentally dropped, and he threw himself on top of it to save lives. An heroic act. [2]
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Casualty Lists
[2] Michael Rescorle, son of Pte Jack Rescorle.
 

RONALD, Alexander Scott

Major Alexander Ronald died during operations in North Africa [1]. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."[2].

He resided at Waterton House, Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, and was employed before the war at the Stock Exchange. [3]

SADLER, Richard

Lance Sergeant Richard Sadler died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

SCOTT, John Murray

Captain John Scott died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in what became known as the Battle of Green Hill. This was an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills held by the enemy which covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.
 

SKINNER, Bernard Gordon

Lieutenant Bernard Skinner died in a traffic accident. Capt. Wylie also died of injuries in this accident. The 6 Cdo War Diiary for December 1943 details that his commando truck was going to Brighton Station and was hit by a Naval truck with several injured. Lt B.G.Skinner was sent to Royal Sussex Hospital,where he later died.
 

STICKLEY, Robert Arthur

Private Robert Stickley died on 30 November 1945 of wounds inflicted in a shooting incident on Brighton seafront on 19 November 1945 [1]+[2]
 
​His Father also died in the war. 38551 Corporal Albert William Stickley, 102 Field Coy., Royal Engineers, died in France on the 27th May, 1940 aged 42 and is remembered with honour at the Dunkirk Memorial [1].
 

THOMAS, Gwyn Ifor

Lance Corporal Gwyn Thomas died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

THOMPSON, George (LCpl)

Lance Corporal George Thompson, 1 troop,  died during operations at Normandy in the area of Le Plein. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

THOMPSON, Norman

Sergeant Norman Thompson, Royal Engineers attached Special Service Troops, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 36243, page 4956 published 11 November 1943.
 

TIBBLES, Harry

Private Harry Tibbles, a bren gunner with No. 6 Commando,  was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry near Lauenburg on the night of the 28th April 1945 during the period when his troop were responsible for the left flank of the bridgehead over the River Elbe.

TUNSTALL, Harry

Lance Corporal Harry Tunstall , 101 troop,  died during the very short period  his unit was redesignated as 5 Special Service Bn., before reforming again as No 6 Commando.  His death is recorded as by drowning in the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH database.
 

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