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6 Commando Nominal Roll

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. 

ALLAN, John

No 6 Commando

Sapper John Allan died during operations in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at the River Elbe crossing.

ALLEN, George Edward

No 6 Commando
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."
 

ASTBURY, Albert Ernest

No 6 Commando
No 7 Commando
Sergeant Albert Astbury, No.6 Commando, died during operations in Germany [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at the River Aller crossing. He had earlier served with No.7 Commando and was taken prisoner of war in 1941 [2][2a] but escaped in 1943 [3]. He then joined No.6 Commando.
Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail Tuesday 24 April 1945.

BARRY, Jeremiah

No 6 Commando

Private Jeremiah Barry died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

BERRISFORD, Peter John

Peter John Berrisford MM 6 Commando
No 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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
Lieutenant John Bonvin died in the opening hours of the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia. On 28 March 1942 he took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire as a section officer of a demolitions team on board motor launch ML443. He was evacuated back to the UK as his ML was unable to land the Commandos on board.
 
John 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

47RM Commando

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
No 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].

CARTLIDGE, Horace C.

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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 

CHARNLEY, Bernard

No 6 Commando
Gunner Bernard Charnley was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 [1].
11 June 1944 wounded during operations with No.6 Commando at Normandy [2].
On this date his Commando were engaged in action against the enemy at Breville [3][3a].
Post war residing in Leeds and member of the Commando Association [4].
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post 16 June 1944.

CLAPTON, John Francis

Lieutenant John Clapton 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
No 12 Commando
Lieutenant John Clapton was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 28 January 1945 whilst leading a small Recce patrol at a wood near Linne [2].
  • Served in No.12 Commando 4 Parachute Troop prior to moving to No.6 Commando [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37027, page 1942.
[2] National Archives file WO373/53/64.

CLOVIS, John Albert

John Albert Clovis 6 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
No 6 Commando
Sergeant John Clovis RA was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) on the 1st January 1944 [1].
10 June 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant and later joined No.6 Commando [2][3][4].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36309, page 28.
[2] London Gazette 36659, page 3815.
[3] Images of No.6 Commando Officers in CVA Gallery.

COADE, Charles Courtenay

Charles Courtenay COADE 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Temporary Major Charles Courtenay Coade, Second in Command, was wounded when hit by a stick grenade during operations on DDay at Normandy. He returned on 8 August 1944, was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer. He remained as such until January 1945 when Lt. Col. Tony Lewis DSO assumed command.
 
Sources

COATES, William John Lewis

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando

Sergeant John Connolly was awarded the Military Medal 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
No 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.)
 

CROXTON, Michael, J.

No 6 Commando
Lance Bombardier Michael Croxton, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
 
Recommendation
"Croxton was captured at Guabelat Plain, Tunisia, on 26 Feb 43. He was first at Camp 66 and then Caserta Hospital. He remained in the hospital after he was fit by bribing one of the Italian M.Os. The Germans put a guard around the camp and earmarked certain fit men to be transportated to Germany, among whom was Croxton.

DAVIS, Thomas

No 6 Commando

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
No 6 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

No 6 Commando
SBS
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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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."
 

EMBELIN, Arthur Edward

SBS
Company Sergeant Major Arthur Embelin was the original CSM to 2 Special Boat Section. He died during operations at Oran Harbour. He had previously served in 101 Troop ( the Folbot section of No. 6 Commando).
 
Sources
CWGC
Special Boat Section Timeline memorandum (read below).
 

FAZAN, Gilbert Roy

Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan 6 Commando
No 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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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
No 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

No 9 Commando

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
9 Cdo War Diary 15-29th May 1943 ref WO218/55 (National Archives).
Casualty List 1939-45 /National Archives file WO417/61.
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.

HARDEY, Ronald Graham Kennell

Capt RGK Hardey MC
No 6 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
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

No 6 Commando
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
No 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.

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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
No 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

No 6 Commando
Officer Commanding No 6 Commando  from June 1944 onwards.
 
Commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1939 he served in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force.   A veteran of Dunkirk, he was promoted Lieutenant 3rd January 1941. After a brief spell with No 4 Commando, he rejoined the Dorsets to take part in Operation Torch. He joined No 6 Commando whilst out in North Africa. 
 

LISTER, William

No 6 Commando

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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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.
 

MACALPINE, Ian Ferguson

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Ferguson Macalpine
No 6 Commando
Private Ian Ferguson Macalpine was commissioned Lieutenant on 22 June 1940  [1].
  • 18 August 1942 promoted War Substantive Major [2].
  • 18 August 1942 promoted Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, OC No.6 Commando [2].
  • November 1942 (Operation Torch North Africa) hospitalised with heart problems during the battle for Green Hill [3].

MAGINNIS, John

No 6 Commando
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
No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando

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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando

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

NASH, Douglas James

No 12 Commando
Douglas Nash was awarded the MM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field on the 26th December 1943. 
 
The death of Sgt. Douglas J. Nash, MM (12 & 6 Cdos) of Cleveland, Ohio, USA., formerly of Birmingham, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 75 issued September 1982.
 
Source
London Gazettes supp. 36403, page 1042.
 

NEEDLER, Jack

No 6 Commando

Corporal Jack Needler, formerly attached to No.6 Commando until disbanded, died at Barossa Barracks Aldershot from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

19 October 1939 enlisted at Hull. 
Volunteered for Commandos and served in HQ Troop Intelligence Section 6 Commando.
20 August 1944 (Private) (No.6 Commando) wounded North West Europe *.

O'ROURKE, Patrick

Grave of Gnr O'Rourke 6 Commando
No 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

No 6 Commando
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
 

PEARCE, Kenneth

No 6 Commando

Private Kenneth Pearce died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

PENN, Leonard William

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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.

POWELL, David Henry John Griffiths

Major David Powell 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Major David Powell served in No.6 Commando becoming Second in Command during operations at Normandy, and remained with them in the advance through North West Europe and into Germany.
  • 4 July 1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant [1].
  • 30 November 1942 (Operation Torch) (Captain) wounded at the Battle of Djebel Azzag (also known as Green Hill) [2][2a].
  • 6 June 1944 (Operation Overlord) lands with No.6 Commando at Queen Red Beach (Sword) at Normandy [2a][4].

PREECE, Frederick Amos

Trooper Frederick Preece 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
SBS
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

No 6 Commando
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."
 

PRICE, Henry Ryan

Captain Ryan Price 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Lieutenant Henry Ryan Price was promoted Captain, and Officer in Command of 4 Troop on 12 June 1944 during Operation Overlord at Normandy.
  • 30 July 1944 Captain Price and 16 O.R.'s formed a Commando Guard at General Montgomery's Headquarters.

PRIOR, George Joseph

Grave of Pte Prior 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Private George Prior, 6 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.)
 

PRITCHARD, Thomas

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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."
 

REGAN, John Leslie

Lieutenant John Leslie Regan
No 1 Commando
John Regan was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 [1]
1939 transferred to the Royal Welch Fusiliers [2].
Volunteered for Special Service.
1943 received a Mention in Despatches as a Sergeant (attached SS Troops) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa [3][*].

ROBINSON, Douglas Arthur

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Major Alexander Ronald, Second in Command of No.6 Commando,  died during operations in North Africa [1]. 
Earlier he had received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services during operations on the Lofoten Islands March 1941 with No.3 Commando [2][2a]. 
He was the Captain of No.3 Commando 5 Troop in December 1941 later leaving the Commando to become 2 i/c No.6 Commando [3].

SADLER, Richard

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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)

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
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.
 

THOMSON, Eric George M.

Private Eric Thomson 6 Commando
Grave of Private Thomson 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Private Eric Thomson, 3 troop, died during operations in Holland [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek [2].
 
Extract from the Dundee Courier - Saturday 03 February 1945

TIBBLES, Harry

No 6 Commando
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

No 6 Commando
Independent Companies and Special Serve Battalions
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

No 6 Commando

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.]

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

WATTON, Frederick George

No 6 Commando
Private Frederick Watton 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."
 

WETHERALD, Henry

No 6 Commando

Lance Corporal Henry Wetherald died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

WILSON, Donald

No 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Donald Wilson 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."
 

WILSON, Sam

No 6 Commando
Private Sam Wilson 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."
 

WINTERBURN, Martin Henry

Martin Winterburn MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Gunner Martin Winterburn, No.6 Commando 1 Troop, from Lincolnshire, was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his escape after he was taken prisoner of war at Mateur, Tunis, on Thursday 19 December 1942. He had been wounded in the elbow at the time. Initially imprisoned in Italy, he was transferred to POW Camps including Stalag V111B at  Lamsdorf and Blechhammer. His final escape was on 25 June 1944 from a working party at Oppeln in Germany. [2]
 

WRAITH, William

William Wraith MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant William 'Bill' Wraith, 1 Troop [1], was awarded the MM [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe during which period he had been wounded on several occasions. 
 
In 1943 he had also received a MiD in "recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa" whilst attached to No 6 Commando [3].
 
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