No 9 Commando ROH

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Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC died during operations with 9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College, he had earlier served as a Lieutenant in No 12 Commando and took part in the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on board ML443 and was evacuated back to the UK.
He was awarded the Military Cross in 1944 for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy."


RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
Regimental Sergeant Major Tom Beardsmore died during operations at Mount Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.
Before the war commenced, whilst a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Bn., North Staffs.,  he was amongst a group of service personnel whose names were brought to notice by the General Officer Commanding the British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan, in recognition of distinguished services rendered in connection with the operations in Palestine during the period, 12th September, 1937 to 31st March, 1938.

COUPE, Leonard

Lance Sergeant Leonard Coupe died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a posthumous MiD in recognition of "gallant and distinguished services in Italy." 
London Gazettes Supp. 36886, page 318.

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.

KINGSBURY, Harold Sidney

Sergeant Harold Kingsbury MM died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
He had been awarded the MM in 1939 whilst a Lance Corporal in the 1st Bn., Border Regiment for "gallant and distinguished services in Palestine." 
London Gazettes Supp. 34607, page 1765.

KITHER, Harry Thomas

Lt Kither 9 Commando
Captain Harry Kither MC died during operations at Lake Comacchio and the Argenta Gap. He had been awarded the MC "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3494.


Neil Macinnes was the Regimental Sergeant Major of No 9 Commando at the time of his death. The No 9 Commando War Diary for January 10th 1942 records the following "2974803, R.S.M. McINNES N, died of self inflicted gunshot wound."


Private Donald Thomson died from a gunshot wound. Court of Enquiry returned a verdict of accidental death.
(Source: No 9 Cdo War Diary 23rd March 1941 unit location Criccieth. National Archives ref WO/218/27.)

URQUHART, Robert Rose

Pte Robert Urquhart 9 Commando
Private Robert Urquhart, 5 troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
He had previously been wounded during No.9 Commando operations at Anzio (Operation X as below) .  After initial treatment in Italy he was evacuated to the UK to convalesce.
He returned to 5 troop in Italy on the 20th March 1945, one year to the day after his wounding. He was killed in action 13 days later at Lake Comacchio.
His brother Donald Urquhart.

WILSON, Reginald

Private Reginald Wilson died during operations in Italy. The exact circumstances of his death are not known to this archive, however he is recorded as being killed in action on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH database.

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