No 6 Commando

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.)
 

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.

BRENT, Gerald Harry

Gerry Brent ( birth name Gunter Harry Berendt)  served in No 47RM and No 6 Cdo. Being of the Jewish faith and having escaped to Britain from his home in Berlin in 1938, he was sent to Canada at the outbreak of war classed as an enemy alien. However in 1941 he opted, when given the choice, to return to the UK where upon arrival he was subsequently reinterred, this time on the Isle of Wight.

CARTLIDGE, Horace C.

LSgt. 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.
(Sources: Westminster Abbey Commando ROH database/ 6 Cdo War Diary Court of Enquiry report National Archive file ref WO218 / 26.)
 

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.)
 

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