No 6 Commando

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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."

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

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.

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.

BROOKING, Alfred

Private Fred Brooking 4 Commando
Private Alfred 'Fred' Brooking was one of a group of early volunteers for No 4 Commando, serving in 'G' and later 'B' troop [1].  He took part in almost all their raids and operations throughout the war.  Our Gallery contains images of him back from the Lofoten Raid [view] and he is also named on the nominal roll for those from No 4 Commando who took part in Operation Jubilee at Dieppe [view].

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.)
 

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, 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."

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].

GRIEVE, John Fletcher

Private John Grieve was accidently killed by a mine on Portland Range whilst training. A Court of Inquiry was held on the 20th May and reconvened on the 29th May 1943. Pte Grieve had apparently previously served in No 6 Commando.
 
Sources
CWGC

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

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]
 

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

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.)
 

MAGINNIS, John

Rfn 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.
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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.)
 

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

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