No 9 Commando

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9 Commando

History of the Unit

Many original members of No.9 originated from No’s 6 & 7 independent companies coming together under the command of No.2 Special Service Battalion in the autumn of 1940.

C.O. was Lt Col John Maclean (Jack) Saegert, RE.

9 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. 

BARTON, Harold

Lance Sergeant Harold Barton was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1].

In the 1950's Harold Barton MM, from Didsbury, was an active supporter of his local branch of the Commando Association [2].

BASSETT-WILSON, Paul Francis

Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC was killed 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 ML 443 and was evacuated back to the UK.
 
He was awarded the MC in 1944 for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC

BEARDMORE, Thomas

RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
Regimental Sergeant Major Tom Beardsmore was killed 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.
 

BOSTOCK, Thomas

Corporal Thomas Bostock was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. Read more in our Forum [Here].

The death of Thomas Bostock MM of Burton-in-Wirral was announced in Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993.

Sources
London Gazettes 29 June 1944 Supp 36586, page 3072.
National Archives file WO373/6/435.
 

COUPE, Leonard

LSgt. Coupe was killed 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." (Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36886, page 318.)
 

CRAMER, John

Lance Corporal John Cramer, RAMC attached to No. 9 Commando, received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy in 1944 [1]

The following year in 1945 it was announced that he had been further awarded the MM for his gallantry in Italy [2].

Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 36668, page 3935, 24 August 1944.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 37235, page 4270, 23 August 1945.
 

DANIELS, Samuel

Lance Bombardier Samuel Daniels was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

The death of LBdr. Samuel Daniels, MM. (9 Cdo) of Billinge, Lancs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 83 issued September 1986.

Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37235, page 4270.
National Archives file WO 373/13/415.
 

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

HOPKINS, Leslie William

Lance Sergeant Leslie Hopkins was awarded the DCM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

The death of Sgt. Leslie Hopkins, DCM. (9 Cdo) of Rothesay, Bute, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 84 issued March 1987.

Sources
London Gazettes 23 August 1945 Supp. 37235, page 4269.
National Archives file WO 373/13/364.
 

HUGHES, George William Stanley

Recommended for : DCM
Awarded : MM

Citation

This NCO has served in the RAMC Section of this Commando in all the actions in which the Unit has fought in Italy since November 1943.  At all times he has displayed the greatest efficiency, devotion to duty and disregard for his own safety whilst dealing with casualties in the field.  The Medical Officer of this Unit, Captain E J D’Arcy MC, states that L/C Hughes’ individual actions on all occasions whilst treating and evacuating casualties have been responsible for saving a very considerable number of men’s’ lives.

KING, Robert

Robert King MM 9 Commando
Private Robert King, from Aberdeen, was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Lake Comacchio in Italy.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3495.
Aberdeen Evening Express - Friday 26 September 1952
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

KINGSBURY, Harold Sidney

Sgt. Kingsbury MM was killed during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
He was awarded the MM in 1939 whilst a Lance Corporal in the 1st Bn., Border Regiment for "gallant and distinguished services in Palestine." 
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 34607, page 1765.)
 

KITHER, Harry Thomas

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

MACINNES, Neil

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."

REACE, George Arthur

Warrant Officer Class 2  George Reace was awarded the DCM [1], and was also MiD [2], both in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

The death of George Reace DCM of Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.

ROLFE, Julian Dudley

Pte. Rolfe was killed during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

An entry in London Gazettes Supp. 36886, page 325 lists Private J.D. Rolfe as receiving a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy."

SEARLE, Clifford Frederick

LSgt Clifford Searle DCM 9 Commando
LSgt. Clifford Searle, 5 troop, was awarded the MM for his gallantry during Operation Roast at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
Clifford Searle joined Somerset Constabulary in 1939. In 1942 he was one of the volunteers who formed the Police Intakes for Commando training at the CBTC. He was then attached to No 9 Commando serving with them for the remainder of the war.
 

SHAW, Ashley George

Driver Ashley Shaw was awarded the D.C.M. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period November 1941 to April 1942  whilst serving as an ambulance driver with 5 Light Field Ambulance. [1].
 
He was later awarded the M.M. whilst a driver of a jeep used for carrying casualties under fire on the 14th and 15th September 1943 in Italy. He was at the Battalion Regimental Aid Post near operations at the River Tusciano. [2].
 

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