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. 


Capt. 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."


RSM Beardsmore was killed during operations at Mount Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.
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.)

HUGHES, George William Stanley

Recommended for : DCM
Awarded : MM


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.


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