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'Anzio beachhead - Operation X'

Sunday, March 19, 1944
Known only as Operation X, No.9 Commando were tasked with clearing three Wadis about half a mile from the perimeter of the beachhead. The Germans had been using these as a forming up point for counter attacks.  These wadis formed a 'U' with a small hill in the centre and some further high ground below the base of the 'U'.
 
Due to their casualties at recent operations around Monte Ornito, the strength of 9 Commando had been reduced to 14 officers and just 255 OR's so the Commando was reformed from troops into 3 squadrons for the operation.
 

9 Commando

History of the Unit

No. 9 Commando was initially formed with No.11 Commando in July 1940 from Scottish Command. Their first commanding officer was Lt. Col. John Maclean 'Jack' Saegert, RE. Many original members of No.9 came from No’s 6 and 7 independent Companies which had been raised in April 1940. No.9 became part of the 2nd Special Service Battalion in the autumn of 1940.

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. 

ALBONE, Victor Arthur

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Staff Sergeant Victor Albone received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Mediterranean Theatre. Post war member of the Commando Association (Hampshire).
 
Sources
London Gazette 37575, page 2450.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

ALLAN, Jack

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Lance Corporal Jack Allan was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

ALLEN, Michael Rhys Harvey

No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Michael Allen , Adjutant of No. 9 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Monte Faito, Italy, on 2/3 February 1944 [2].
Recommendation
Action at Monte Faito night 2/3 Feb.44, MR. 858043, Italy 1:50,000 Sheet 160-II.

ANDERSON, John

Private John Anderson 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Kings Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Anderson was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. His name is on the Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito*. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.

ASPDEN, Jack

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery & Loyal Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 267 for the raid at St. Nazaire. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed [1a]. Jack Aspden was taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2].

BALFOUR, David Stewart

No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private David Balfour died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
See operation link above.
 

BALLS, David Gavin

Capt DG Balls 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain David Balls died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

BANKS, T.H.

No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry

Lance Sergeant T.H. Banks was wounded in Italy on 1 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

BANNON, James

No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private James Bannon died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

BARTON, Harold

No 9 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Harold Barton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Anzio, Italy, on 19th March 1944 [1][2][see linked content below].
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet 158 IV SE.

BASSETT-WILSON, Paul Francis

Paul Bassett-Wilson MC
No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC died during operations with No.9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1].
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College [2], he had earlier served as a Lieutenant in No.12 Commando. 

BATES, William Stanley

No 9 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant William Bates received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 36886, page 323.
 
Notes
He is referred to as Captain in the document below.  Rank here as shown in Gazette entry.

BEARDMORE, Thomas

RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Tom Beardsmore died during operations at Mount Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy [1][2].
 

BISSET, George Davidson

Lt Bisset 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant George Bisset died of wounds whilst a Prisoner of War in German hands during operations in Italy [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].
 
Extract from the Aberdeen Press and Journal

BLACKHURST, John

No 9 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman John Blackhurst died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a postumous Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36886, page 328.
 

BOSTOCK, Thomas

No 9 Commando
South Lancashire Regt (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Thomas Bostock, 5 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
Recommendation
Action at Monte Faito night 2nd-3rd February 1944, Map Ref .858043,Italy Sheet.1:50,000 sheet 160-II.

BROWN, Charles Gilbert

No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Died on active service
Private Charles Brown died as a result of an accident on board a ship. At the time of his death No 9 Commando were engaged in operations by the Pelopenese peninsula, Greece. They were transported to various locations on HMS Prince David. 

BROWN, John

No 9 Commando
The East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Brown died during operations in the region of Lake Comacchio and Argenta.

BROWN, Reid

No 9 Commando
Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Reid Brown died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

BRYAN, Gerald Jackson

Captain Gerald Bryan 11 Commando
No 11 Commando
Royal Engineers
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Gerald Jackson Bryan, RE, was awarded the Military Cross [1] for his gallantry during Operation Exporter, the battle of Litani River [view].

BURGESS, Leslie

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Leslie Burgess died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

BURT, William Charles

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Bombardier William Burt died in Italy on 17 March 1944 of wounds inflicted on 30 December 1943.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/71, WO417/73, and WO417/74.
 
Notes

BUTLER, Howard Herbert Cosens

No 9 Commando
No 11 Commando
SBS
South Lancashire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Howard Butler, 'M' Section of the  Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field. He had previously served in No.9 and No.11 Commando. The award

CALLF, Leslie Stuart

Major Leslie Callf MC
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Leslie Stuart Callf was appointed Lieutenant on the 4th July 1940 [1].  Soon after he volunteered for the Commandos and was subsequently attached to No. 9 Commando.
 

CAMERON, Ralph Alverne Cyril

No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Ralph Cameron was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst in charge of 2 troops whose task was to destroy an enemy post near a demolished bridge West of the River Garigliano, Italy, on the night of 29/20 December 1943 during Operation Partridge [2].
 

CAMPBELL, Kenneth Norman

No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 5th Bn.
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Captain Kenneth Campbell, 4 troop,  died on the 9th September 1941 of injuries received in a m/c accident that occurred on the night of 5th September. A court of inquiry was held on the 11th September and his funeral took place on the 12th September 1941. One Officer and one NCO from each troop and the R.S.M. attended. Sergeants acted as pallbearers. No 4 Troop provide Firing Party .

CASSIDY, John, H.

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
RQMS John Cassidy received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Meditteranean Theatre. Post war member of the Commando Association (Birmingham).
 
Sources
London Gazette 37575, page 2449.
Royal Artillery attestions 1938.

COUPE, Leonard

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Leonard Coupe died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of "gallant and distinguished services in Italy." 
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 36886, page 318.
 

CRAIG, Albert John

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Company Sergeant Major Albert Craig died in Italy. His Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74 and WO417/75.
Linked Content below.
 

CRAMER, John

Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal John Cramer, R.A.M.C. attached to Commando H.Q. (M.I. section) was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distiguished service during operations at Lake Comacchio on 13 April 1945. This was known as Operation Impact Royal [1][2].

D'ARCY, Edward John

No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Edward D'Arcy, Medical Officer, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Monte Faito Italy on 2/3 February 1944.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36586, page 3070.
National Archives file WO373/6/353.

DANIELS, Samuel

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Bombardier Samuel Daniels was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.

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

DEANS, James

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Deans died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457. 
 

DUNCAN, Ronald

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Ronald Duncan died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.  He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

DUNNING-WHITE, John Michael

1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
No 9 Commando
8th Hussars
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieuetenant Colonel John Michael Dunning-White served in 1 Special Service Brigade, No.9 Commando and No.4 Commando. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.

FARMER, Henry

No 9 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Henry Farmer was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. His name is on the Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito*. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.
* Linked Content below.

FARQUHAR, John Kiel

No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private John Farquhar was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations West of the Garigliano River, Italy on the night of 29/30 December 1943 [2].
Recommendation
This man was wounded in the leg during the assault on the demolished bridge position.

FINLAY, David

No 9 Commando
Black Watch

Private David Finlay was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

FORBES, Robert

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Bombardier Robert Forbes died during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. His name is amongst those on the Marble Roll of Honour at Monte Ornito.

GIBSON, James Lang

No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain James Gibson died of injuries received in a mine explosion at Anzio on the 24th June.

Sources
CWGC
No 9 Cdo War Diary, National Archives WO218/69.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/6.

GRIEVE, J.H.

No 9 Commando
Royal Scots
Private Grieve was wounded three times during operations in Italy, on 3 February 1944, 19 March 1944 and 16 April 1945.  Post war member of the Commando Association (Selkirk).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/72, WO417/74 , and WO417/91.

GRIEVE, John Fletcher

No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Died on war service
Died in the UK

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.

HODKINSON, John

No 9 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant John Hodkinson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. 
 

HOLMES, Leslie Thomas

No 9 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Leslie Holmes was reported missing 19 March 1944 later presumed killed in action during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. The recipient of a King's Commendation for brave conduct he has no known grave.

HOPKINS, Leslie William

No 9 Commando
Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Lance Sergeant Leslie Hopkins was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations on the night of 15/16 April 1945 near Fossa Marina at Lake Comacchio, Italy. He was wounded during the action which resulted in his award.

HUGHES, G.

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Sergeant Hughes was one of the Commando contingent for the St Nazaire raid in March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK.
 
Source
Nominal Roll in St. Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter. 

HUNTER, H.

No 9 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Bn.

Corporal H. Hunter was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

JACKSON, Harry Charles

No 9 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant Harry Jackson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in the Wadis at the Anzio Beachnead on the 19th March 1944 which became known as Operation 'X'.

JAMESON, Robert Evan

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant Robert Jameson died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

JOHNSTON, George William

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Private George Johnston was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. Post war member of the Commando Association (Cumbria).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

KING, Robert

Robert King MM 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
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

KITHER, Harry Thomas

Lt Kither 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Harry Kither MC, from Longcot Shrivenham near Swindon, died during operations at Lake Comacchio and the Argenta Gap. He had been awarded the Military Cross "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 37162, page 3494.

LANCASTER, E.

No 9 Commando
Cheshire Regiment

Private E. Lancaster was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

LONG, Donald Bayley

Donald Bayley Long 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers & King's Own
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ)
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Lieutenant Donald Long was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations against the enemy held spit of land between Lake Comacchio, Italy, and the Adriatic [1][1A][Citation in Linked Content beow].

LONG, Michael

Michael Long MBE MC 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Temporary Captain Michael Long was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations to cross the Garigliano river on the night of 29/30 December 1943. This was known as Operation Partridge [1][2].
Recommendation
"West of Garigliano River on the night of 29/30 Dec.'43.

MACINNES, Neil

No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died in service
Died in the UK
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."
 
Sources
CWGC

MACLAGAN, Ian Lawrence

Ian Maclagan 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Corporal Ian Maclagan was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

MCAULAY, Duncan

No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry

Lance Corporal Duncan McAulay was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

MCDOUGALL-PORTER, Christopher Frederick

No 9 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 7th Bn
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Christopher McDougall-Porter was reported wounded and missing 3 February 1944 later presumed died of wounds.  he has no known grave. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
  • Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distingushed service in Italy.
Sources

MOIR, Bertram Wigton

No 9 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Bertram Moir was reported wounded and missing 19 March 1944, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

MOLONEY, F.

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders

Private Moloney was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.

MONK, Barrie Richard

No 9 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Barrie Monk was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. His name is on the Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito*. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.
* Linked Content below.

MORGAN, A.

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders

Lance Corporal Morgan was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.

O'ROURKE, P.

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Private P. O'Rourke was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.
 

QUIGLEY, Thomas

No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Thomas Quigley died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/73.
 

REACE, George Arthur

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches

Warrant Officer Class 2  George Reace was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1], and was also Mentioned in Despatches [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.

REID, A.B.

No 9 Commando
Royal Scots
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Reid received a Mention in Desptaches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36886, page 325.
 

RICHARDS, David

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Sapper David Richards was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2].
  • 30 December 1943 (Acting Lance Corporal) (No.9 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy [3].

RICHARDSON, John

No 9 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant John Richardson died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/73.

ROLFE, Julian Dudley

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders 6th Bn.
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Julian Rolfe died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in Italy."
 

SAEGERT, John Maclean (Lt. Col)

John Maclean Saegert
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
13 July 1921 Royal Military Academy commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers [1].
13 July 1928 promoted Lieutenant [2][2a].
13 July 1932 promoted Captain [2].
1 August 1938 promoted Major [2].
29 July 1940 - 28 October 1940 - Acting Lieutenant Colonel [2].

SCOTT, Andrew

No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)

Private Andrew Scott was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

SCOTT, Archibald Wilson

No 9 Commando
Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Lance Sergeant Archibald Scott was wounded on 30 December 1943 during Operation Partridge in Italy. Having survived the war he died in 1956 from injuries received in a pit accident at Maltby Main Colliery, South Yorkshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

SCOTT, Michael

No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Michael Scott died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/6.
 

SEARLE, Clifford Frederick

LSgt Clifford Searle DCM 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Queen's Police Medal
Lance Sergeant Clifford Searle, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his leadership and gallantry during Operation Roast at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1][2].
Recommendation
Operation 'Roast'-Lake Comacchio 'Spit'-2nd April 1945.

SHAW, Ashley George

No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Driver Ashley Shaw was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal 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].
 

SHENTON, Joseph

No 9 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joseph Shenton died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on board motor launch ML 268.
 

SHIPTON, Herbert J.

Bert Shipton 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers

Lance Corporal Bert Shipton was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany.

SMART, Albert Kenneth

Albert Smart 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Albert Smart was a serving Leicestershire Police Officer who volunteered in July 1942 as part of the Police Intakes. He was attached to No.9 Commando on 9 September 1942 after completing his training at the Commando Depot (CBTC).
1 February 1944 wounded during operations in Italy.
17 February admitted No.70 British General Hospital.

SMITH, George Alfred

No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private George Smith died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
 

Notes
Service number indicates possible Police Intake. Awaits verification.

STACK, William John

William Stack 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps

Trooper William Stack served in 5 troop. He was a serving Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable at the Central Police Station in Cheltenham. Post war member of the Commando Association last known address South Ealing.

STEPHENSON, George, W.

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner George Stephenson was awarded the M.M. in recognition of distinguished services in the field, this being announced in Gazettes on the 26th August, 1941.
 
The death of Gnr. George W. Stephenson (No.9 Cdo) of Bristol, Avon., was announced in Commando Association newsletter 117 issued September 2003.
 
Sources

STEWART, G.

No 9 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Rfn. G. Stewart was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

STORER, Sidney

No 9 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Corporal Sidney Storer was wounded on 3 March 1944 during operations in Italy.
In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield, and he later volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Rugby.
 
Sources

STOREY, Percy Ronald

No 9 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Percy Storey was killed in action during operations in the beachhead area at Anzio [1][2][3]. Major Callf MC wrote a short account of the action that day [2]
Percy had been wounded before on 3 February 1944 at Monte Ornito [4].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

SZARKOW, Justin

No 9 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Justin Szarkow served in 2 troop.
 
First born of a Polish immigrant family (early 1900s) and was born and raised in Manchester.  His father was killed in action in WW1 *.
 

TANNER, John Andrew

No 9 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal John Tanner was killed in action on 15 April 1945 during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. The previous year on 20 March 1944 he was wounded (recovered) during operations in Italy. 

TATLER, John

No 9 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Tatler, 5 Troop, died of wounds during operations at Anzio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/73.
5 Troop image in Gallery.
 

THOMSON, Donald

No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Donald Thomson died from a gunshot wound. Court of Enquiry returned a verdict of accidental death. Casualty List records his Unit as No.6 independent Company [see notes].
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/23.

THOMSON, John

No 9 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Corporal John Thomson was wounded on 30 December 1943 during Operation Partridge. The following year, now a Lance Sergeant, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service 19 March 1944. 
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet 158 IV SE.

TOD, Ronald John Frederick (Brig)

No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
No 11 Independent Company
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Commissioned  into the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders in 1925. Served in No 6 Independent Company and was  Officer Commanding No 11 Independent Company in 1940 and later took command of No 9 Commando in 1942.  Awarded DSO, and later a Bar to the DSO, each for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy " whilst commanding No 9 Commando in 1944.  Promoted Brigadier and Officer Commandi

TUDOR, William John

No 9 Commando
Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Tudor was killed in action during operations at Anzio, Italy [1][2].
On 3 March 1944 No.9 Commando had made their second landing at Anzio [3].
He was previously wounded 30 December 1943 (Operation Partridge), Italy [4].

URQUHART, Robert Rose

Pte Robert Urquhart 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Robert Urquhart, 5 troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1][3][4].
  • 3 March 1944 wounded during operations at Anzio [2][5] [see Linked Content below].
  • Evacuated as casualty to the UK [4][5]
  • 20 March 1945 rejoined 5 troop in Italy [4][5].

WADE, Leonard Alfred

No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant Leonard Wade died during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

His name is on the score sheet of a boxing match between No 9 Commando and No 6 Commando on the 26th June 1942.  View it in our No 6 Commando gallery. You will also see a photo of the Boxing team however we are unsure which man is in fact LSgt Wade.

WALKER, W.

No 9 Commando
Black Watch

Private W. Walker was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

WALSH, Frank

No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Frank Walsh was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy on 5 March 1944 whilst commanding a Section of a Fighting Patrol and during which he was wounded.
Recommendation
Acting Sergeant Frank Walsh 2986730 Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders and No.9 Commando 

WALSHAM, Alexander

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Sapper Alexander Walsham was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid and rejoined No.9 Commando [1][2].
  • 20 March 1944 (A/Corporal)(No.9 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy (Anzio) [2]+[linked content below].

WATSON, Alexander G.

No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Private Alexander Watson died as a result of an accident.  He died in Dumfries Royal Infirmary. The following day a Court of inquiry was held at the Drill Hall Kirkcudbright to enquire into the circumstances under which he met this death. The result of this enquiry is not known.

WESTWOOD, Albert

No 2 Commando
No 9 Commando
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Died on active service
Rifleman Albert Westwood died in Italy as a result of an accident on 28 May 1945 whilst serving with No.2 Commando [1][2].
  • 3 February 1944 wounded serving with No.9 Commando in Italy [3].
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2]  Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/93.

WHAM, James Howie

No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Royal Scots
Military Medal (MM)
Private (Acting Corporal) James Wham was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 19 March 1944 in Italy. Final rank attained Sergeant.
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy, 1/25,000 Sheet IV SE

WHEELER, George Russell

Lt George Russell Wheeler MM
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

George Wheeler, a pupil of Godolphin School, Wiltshire, graduated as a BSc from Exeter University. He married in 1941. After enlistment he volunteered for the Commandos and was attached to No 2 Commando

WILLS, Eric

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers / Royal Artillery
Eric Wills was born in Everdon Northants. and was one of 5 brothers. Whilst working in the footwear industry, he enlisted with the TA in 1938 before beginning full military service on the 18th June 1939 as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers. He married Annie Stannard Munday on the 13th March 1943 whilst serving with the Royal Artillery on searchlight duties.  
 

WILSON, Alistair, D.

No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Alistair Wilson was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
  • Evacuated back to the UK, he rejoined No.9 Commando and in 1943 received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Italy [2]

WILSON, George

No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant George Wilson died during operations in the area of the Garigliano River, Italy.

WILSON, Reginald

No 9 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Died on active service

Private Reginald Wilson was accidentally killed during operations in Italy. 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/78.

WRIGHT, George Alexander

No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal George Wright died on 14 April of wounds received on 13 April during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/91.
 

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