9 Cdo. Roll of Honour

                                                    The Fallen from No. 9 Commando
Pte. J. ANDERSON
Pte. D.S. BALFOUR
Pte. J. BANKS
Pte. J. BANNON
Pte. J.G. BLACKIE
Pte. C.G. BROWN
Pte. J. BROWN
Pte. R.F. DICKIE
Pte. W.G. EDMONDS
Pte. H. FARMER
Pte. J. GELLATLY
Pte. J.F. GRIEVE
Pte. E.A. HUNT
Pte. R. JOHNSTONE
Pte. J.L. KEIL
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

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.
 

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.)
 

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

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." 
 
Sources
CWGC
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."

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."

THOMSON, Donald

Pte Thomson was killed by  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.)
 

TUDOR, William John

Private William Tudor was killed during operations in Italy.
 
Notes
Private Tudor is not shown on the CWGC main entry as a Commando. However No. 9 Cdo. is shown on their Grave Registration reports and on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH. Message sent to the CWGC to amend their record.
 

URQUHART, Robert Rose

Pte Robert Urquhart 9 Commando

Private Robert Urquhart, 5 troop, was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

He had previously been wounded during 9 Commandos operations at Anzio (Operation X as above) .  After initial hospital 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.

WILSON, Reginald

Pte. Wilson was killed 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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