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1 Special Service Bde Signals Troop War Diary June-Sept 1944

This section contains a transcript taken from the War Diary covering specific periods. It is a basic transcript for private research and educational use only. Whilst we always endeavour to achieve accuracy, we acknowledge that there may be dates and/or entries missing, and other possible errors, The actual War Diaries can be found at the National Archives in Kew.

ANDERTON, E.F.

Known as: 
Andy
Marine
Brigade Signals
Royal Marines
Marine Anderton served in 3 Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Christchurch, Hants.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
 

ARCHIBALD, William Niven

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman William Archibald served in the Brigade Signals and 2 Special Service Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Falkirk, Scotland.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 published Sept. 1995
James Archibald McLeod (nephew).
 

ARMSTRONG, Robert

Brigade Signals

Robert enlisted on the 12th June 1941 and then volunteered for the Commandos. After his commando training he served with the Special Service Brigade Signals Troop and 2 Commando Brigade Signals. 

AUSTEN, Alexander Fred

Known as: 
Bunny
Company Quartermaster Sergeant (later Hon. Lt Col. )
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Company Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander Austen, 1st Special Service Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his exemplary service [1].
Recommendation including Record of Service
1929 enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals.

BROWSTER, F.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Browster, 1 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded 29 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe. 
 
Sources
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/92.

BULL, Harold James

Known as: 
Harry or Hal
Lance Sergeant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Harold Bull served with 2 Bde Sigs. He enlisted on the 2nd September 1939 and was demobbed on the 31st January 1946.
(Image Source: CVA Gallery)
 

BUTTON, Richard James

Richard Button 2 Brigade Signals
Signalman
Brigade Signals
Richard Button served in 2 Commando Brigade Signals. Post war he joined the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion 2 in gallery.
Founder member of the Commando Veterans Association.
 

CARRUTHERS, William, J.

Known as: 
Bill
William Carruthers Brigade Signals
Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman William Carruthers, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded during operations in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Dundee.

CASSEY, Norman Walter

Grave of LCpl Cassey Commando Brigade Sigs.
Lance Corporal
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Norman Cassey, 1 Special Service Bde. Signals, died during operations at Le Plein Normandy when the HQ was heavily shelled and mortared.
 
Sources
CWGC.
War Diary 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [more...].
 

CHAPMAN, George William

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman George Chapman, Brigade Signals, was reported missing 25 December 1943, later reported to be a prisoner of war. He was involved in a reconnaissance raid along the coast of Gravelines, France, between Calais and Dunkirk, codenamed Hardtack 11. Post war member of the Commando Association from Arundel, Sussex. 
 
Sources

CHRISTIE, Thomas John

Lieutenant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Cross (MC)
29 November 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Royal Signals. Awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe during March 1945.
Citation

CLUBE, Gordon Murray

Lieutenant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Lieutenant Gordon Clube served in 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [1].
  • 11 November 1939 (Private) (Artists Rifles) commissioned Second Lieutenant [2].
  • 3 February 1944 relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt [3].

COX, Graham

Corporal
Brigade Signals
38v (Welsh) Divisional Signals T.A.

Corporal Graham Cox served in 1 Bde Sigs Troop Jan ’43 – Feb ’44; and 2 Bde Sigs Troop Feb ’44 - Nov ‘45. 

CURRIE, John Robert Sanderson

Signalman John R.S. Currie,  Commando Bde Signals
Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman John Currie, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

Notes
Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Brigade Signals also died on this day.

DAVIES, Norman

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Norman Davies, 1 Commando Brigade Signals, was killed in action during operations in Germany. At the time of his death 1 Commando Brigade were engaged in operations near Wesel.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DUNLOP, William

Signalman
No 6 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman William Dunlop, Signals Section, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Dundee.

DYMER, John, C.

Known as: 
Jack
John Dymer 1 Brigade Signals
Corporal
Brigade Signals

Corporal John 'Jack' Dymer served in 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association residing USA. 

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.

FISHER, Frank, W.

Lance Sergeant
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Lance Sergeant Frank Fisher, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. He remained in service after the war serving in Germany and was a member of the Commando Association.

GOW, Sidney John

Known as: 
Syd
Lance Corporal
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman Sidney Gow, 1 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded 29 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Selly Oak, Birmingham. They record his final rank attained as Lance Corporal.
 
Sources
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/92.

HERRING, David Warren

Corporal
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Signalman David Herring, Royal Corps of Signals attached 51st Highland Division Signals, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of distinguished service after his capture in France in June 1940 [1].

HOARE, J

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Hoare, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 10 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

Notes
Possible photo in the Brigade Signals photo gallery.
 

HUGHES, J.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Hughes, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 23 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Lieutenant (later Major)
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Clifford James, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals Officer, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Salerno between 9-16 September 1943 [1][1A].
  • January 1945 received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [2]

JOHNSON, J.W.

-
Brigade Signals
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Served in 2  Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Filey, Yorkshire..

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM
Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
Brigade Signals
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

Marine (Acting Temororary Corporal) Harold Jones, 4 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the MM for "gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations at  Walcheren and Flushing whilst attached to No 4 Commando. "

JONES, W. Emlyn

Known as: 
Taffy
Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Served in the Brigade Signal Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Source
Commando Association newsletter 31 issued September 1960. 
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 issued September 1995.
 

KING, Leonard Sydney

Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
Brigade Signals
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Leonard King, Special Service Group Signals RM, was awarded the Military Medal for courage and enterprise in reconnaissance operations.
Recommendation

KIRKHOPE, William Adamson Forbes

Signalman (later 2nd/Lieut)
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals & Camerons
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Signalman William Kirkhope, 2 Special Service Bde. Signals, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the 13th September 1943 at Salerno when he volunteered to repair a vital line of communications that had been cut on the Vietri to Salerno road, an area that was under heavy enemy mortar and M.G.

KNIGHT, John E.

Known as: 
Jack
Brigade Signals
Jack Knight served in Brigade Signals. Post war he was secretary of the Birmingham Branch of the Commando Association.
(Image source: CVA Gallery Bde Sigs reunion 16th July 1988.)
 

LANGTON, R.H.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Langton, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 23 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Liverpool.

LEAHY, Arthur John

Known as: 
John
John Leahy Brigade Signals
Major (later Colonel)
Brigade Signals
Royal Signals
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Officer Commanding the Special Service Brigade Signal Troop. 
Service History
5 Commando - July 1940 to November 1940 
3 Commando (raising Special Service Brigade Signal Section) - Nov 1940 to Dec 1940 
Special Service Brigade Signals - Dec 1940 to October 1943. 

LEWIS, Francis

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

Notes
Signalman John Currie, 2 Brigade Signals also died on this day.

LEWIS, P.R.L.

Acting Lance Sergeant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Lance Sergeant Lewis, 1 Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded on 7 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France.
1946 Acting Police Inspector resident in Rhodesia.
Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.

MCGREGOR, A.M.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman McGregor, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded on 8 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Inverness.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.
 

MOORE, Thomas John

Lance Corporal
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Lance Corporal Thomas Moore served in 1 Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Poole, Dorset.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
 

NORTON, James Albert

Known as: 
Jimmy
Jimmy Norton 1 Brigade Signals
Signalman (later Lance Corporal)
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman James Norton, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals, was wounded during the Normandy landings  on 6 June 1944. He received a 21st Army Group Certificate for Gallantry. Post war resided Hunstanton Norfolk and was a well respected member of the community as seen in the newspaper obituary below.

PALMER, George Harold

Lance Sergeant
Brigade Signals
Lance Sergeant George Palmer served in the Signals Section of  2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade.
 
Source
CVA obituaries.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.
 

POLLOCK, John, S.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
1 Special Service Brigade Signals. Wounded 16 August 1944 Bois de Bavant Normandy. Post war member of the Commando Association from Appleton, Oxfordshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletters 98 and 102.
War Diary (see Linked Content below).

POTTAS, Donald

Signalman
No 6 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Donald Pottas, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals attached No.6 Commando, died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.

Casulaty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79.

RICHARDSON, Sam Scruton

Acting Temporary Captain (later Major)
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Captain Sam Richardson RM, 3 Commando Brigade HQ Signal Officer, received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service while operating with the Army in Burma and on the Eastern Frontier of India [1][1a][4].
  • 31 December 1960 Commissioner for Native Courts, Northern Region, Federation of Nigeria, appointed O.B.E. (Civil Division) [2].

RODGERS, John, A.

Acting Temporary Captain
Brigade Signals
-
Captain John Rogers served in Special Service Group Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Newcastle upon Tyne.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 98.
Linked Content below.
 

SANDERSON, B.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Sanderson, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Source
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

WALKER, Alan

Lance Corporal
Brigade Signals
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Lance Corporal Alan Walker served in 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Camberley, Surrey.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 105 issued September 1997.

WALKER, J.E.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals

1 Special Service Brigade Signals. Wounded 16 August 1944 Bois de Bavant Normandy.

Sources
War Diary (see Linked Content below).
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.

WHITE, Robert, M.

Corporal or Sergeant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Brigade Signal Troop.
Post war 1946, residing in Buenos Aires Argentina.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 3 (rank shown Cpl.).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001 (rank shown Sgt) (address Southwell, Notts).
 

WRIGHT, D.

Signalman
Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Private D. Wright, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was reported wounded and a prisoner of war on 6 June 1944 during operations in Normandy France.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

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