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No. 1 Independent Company
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.
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.
- Commissioned at OCTU from the ranks 20 December 1944 .
Corporal Graham Cox served in 1 Bde Sigs Troop Jan ’43 – Feb ’44; and 2 Bde Sigs Troop Feb ’44 - Nov ‘45.
Signalman David Herring, Royal Corps of Signals, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of distinguished services in the field. The National Archives file records his award under Escape and Evasion Reports .
January 1945 received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. 
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. "
Corporal Leonard King, Special Service Group Signals RM , was awarded the MM for courage and enterprise in reconnaissance operations .
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.
Jan 1944 to Dec 1944, Major Leahy was D.C.S.O. SS Group (Deputy Chief Signals Officer, Special Service Group) and, according to War Diaries, visited 1 SS Brigade Signals Troop at Le Plein, 16th July 1944.
Signalman Donald Pottas died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Cpl Whibley served in the Brigade Signals.