6 Cdo. Roll of Honour

                                                    The Fallen from No. 6 Commando
Major A.S. RONALD
Capt. F.G. KAHL
Capt. M.J. LEAPHARD
Capt. A.K. MACKENZIE
Capt. A.C. PYMAN
Capt. J.M. SCOTT
Capt. W.J. WYLIE
Lieut. J.A. BONVIN
Lieut. D.A. DUTTON
Lieut. T.J. HUGO
Lieut. J.F. HUME-SPRY
Lieut. G.R. FAZAN
Lieut. B.G. SKINNER
TSM. A.E. BLUNDEN
Sgt. A.E. ASTBURY
Sgt. A.J. BARLOW
Sgt. G.H. ELSDON
Sgt. F.L. HALEY
Sgt. R.H. HARPER
Sgt. J. LENIHAN
Sgt. A.W. MILROY
Sgt. F.E. WALKER
LSgt. H. CARTLIDGE
LSgt. J.E. CUNNINGHAM
LSgt. E. KHYTOVITCH
LSgt. G. PRICE
LSgt. R. SADLER
LSgt. R. TODD
LSgt. A. WAKEFIELD
Cpl. W.J. BENNETT
Cpl. E.J. McGEE
Cpl. H. MEEHAN
Cpl. J. NEEDLER
LCpl. J.W. BARKER
LCpl H.T. BLINMAN
LCpl. V.J. BURNS
LCpl. W. DRAPER
LCpl. J.W. GREEN
LCpl. N.P. HUNTER
LCpl. H. JAMES
LCpl. V. McNALLY
LCpl. H. RIPLEY
LCpl. S. ROTHWELL
LCpl. J. SANDERSON
LCpl. J.H. STANDERWICK
LCpl. L.R. SULLIVAN
LCpl. G.I. THOMAS
LCpl. G. THOMPSON
LCpl H TUNSTALL
LCpl. R.V. VIRGO
LCpl. J. WALSH
LCpl. H. WETHERALD
LCpl. D. WILSON
LCpl. A.H. WRIGHT
LBdr. H. LAVERY
LBdr. H. NETTLETON
Pte. D. ADAMS
Pte. G.E. ALLEN
Pte. L.G. BAILEY
Pte. J. BARRY
Pte. S. BINDING
Pte. J. BIRCH
Pte. P. N. CHAPMAN
Pte. W.J. COATES
Pte. E. CONNOR
Pte. W. CRINGAN
Pte. G. CROAL
Pte. E. CROUCH
Pte. J.H. ELTRIDGE
Pte. L.E. EMBLEM
Pte. F. FLEISCHER 
Pte. J.W. FLOYD
Pte. H.D. FREESTONE
Pte. J. GALLAGHER
Pte. F.W. GRAYSTON
Pte. J.F. HANSON
Pte. C. HARMER
Pte. R.A. HARPER
Pte. E. JENKINS
Pte. W.H. KENT
Pte T. KILDUFF
Pte. W. LISTON
Pte. W. METCALFE
Pte. H. MOORE
Pte. G. NASH
Pte. A.D. NEWHAM
Pte. K. PEARCE
Pte. G. J. PRIOR
Pte. H. RAMSDEN
Pte. J. ROBSON
Pte. G. ROWE 
Pte. W. SHAKESPEARE
Pte. A.J. SIMPSON
Pte. G. SIMPSON
Pte. A. SLATER
Pte. G.E. SMITH
Pte. R.A. STICKLEY
Pte. G. STRANGE
Pte. L.A. TAYLOR
Pte. E.G. THOMSON
Pte. F.G. WATTON
Pte. A.E. WHITE
Pte. S. WILSON
Pte. H. WRIGHT
Gnr. L.V. BIGGS
Gnr. P. COLLINS
Gnr. L.P. HOOKE
Gnr. W. LOWES
Gnr. P. O’ROURKE
Gnr. E. PARRY
Gnr T. PRITCHARD
Gnr. K. PUTTICK
Rfn. J. PICKAVANCE
Rfn. C.E. ROBERTS
Fus. A.J. BLAKEMAN
Fus. A. CHARITY
Fus. R.P. ELLIS
Fus. C.R. HAY
Fus. R.S. LORD
Fus. R.J. MORROW
Fus. J.W. MURRAY
Tpr. F. DEAN
Spr. J. ALLAN
Sig. J.B. MacPHERSON
Sig. D. POTTAS
Dvr. J.M. STEWART
Dvr. L. WILSON
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

ALLEN, George Edward

Pte. Allen was killed 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."

BLINMAN, Harold Trevor

LCpl. Blinman was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

BLUNDEN, Alfred Edgar

Company Sergeant Major Alfred Blunden was killed 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]

BONVIN, John Alexander

Lieut. Bonvin was killed 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.

CHARITY, Arthur

Fusilier Arthur Charity 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 

COATES, William John Lewis

Pte. Coates was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

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.)
 

ELLIS, Richard Paul

Fus. Ellis was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

ELSDON, George Henry

Sgt. Elsdon was killed 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

Lieut. Fazan was killed during operations at Normandy. The 6 Cdo. 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."

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.)
 

JENKINS, Edward

Pte. Jenkins was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

KHYTOVITCH, Eric

Eric Khytovitch MM 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM was killed during operations at Normandy [1].
 

No 6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944

"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]
 

LISTON, William

Pte Liston was killed during operations at Normandy.

The No 6 Cdo War Diary records the following: "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."

Pte Liston met and married his wife Joyce whilst billeted at Keswick in 1943, and is also remembered on the Keswick War Memorial.

LORD, Robert Stephen

Fus. Lord was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

MCNALLY, Victor

LCpl. Victor McNally was killed 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

Cpl. Meehan was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

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.)
 

PRICE, George

LSgt. Price was killed 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."

PRITCHARD, Thomas

Gnr. 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

RAMSDEN, Harry

Pte. Ramsden was killed 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."

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 was killed 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

LSgt. Sadler was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

SCOTT, John Murray

Capt. Scott was killed 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.
(Source: The Green Beret by Hilary St. George Saunders.)
 

SKINNER, Bernard Gordon

Lieut. 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

Pte. Stickley was mortally wounded in a gun accident on Brighton Beach during the evening of 19th November 1945, and later died from his wounds on 30th November 1945. He served with No.6 Commando from 28th September 1945.
 
​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.
 

THOMAS, Gwyn Ifor

LCpl. Thomas was killed 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."
 

THOMPSON, George (LCpl)

LCpl Thompson, 1 troop,  was killed during operations at Normandy in the area of Le Plein.

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."

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.
 

WALSH, J

LCpl. J. Walsh died as a result of his war wounds at the St. Lukes Hospital, Bradford on the 25th March, 1951. [Source: Commando Association newsletter 14 issued March 1952.]

Note
The details known by this Archive of this individual are limited at the present time. 
 

WATTON, Frederick George

Pte. Watton was killed 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."

WILSON, Donald

LCpl.  Wilson was killed 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."

WILSON, Sam

Pte Wilson was killed 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."


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