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BARE, Jack Stormont

From the No.2 Commando War Diary : "5th February 1944 Captain Jack Stormont Bare of No.2 Commando was buried in the afternoon in the British Naval Cemetery at Vis, the first British serviceman to be interred there for over 130 years. The body was brought from the billet draped in a White Ensign (a Union Jack not being available) by 6 brother Officers. A piper from the Scottish (No.5) troop played a lament and the body was placed on the deck of a schooner.
 

BLAKE, John Philip

Capt Blake MC 43RM Commando
Captain John Blake MC  was killed [1] during operations against the enemy held island of Brac. He had earlier been awarded the MC [2] for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in the capture of Mt. Ornito, Italy on the 3 Feb. 1944 [3].
 

COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

Corporal Cecil Cox, 1 troop,  died of wounds he received during a raid on the village of Grohote in the island of Solta [1+2].

The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 23rd March 1944 states "Cpl. Cox, wounded in the Solta raid and who died of his wounds the previous evening, was buried in the British Naval Cemetery, Vis." [2].

DAVIES, Ronald John

Corporal Ronald Davies was killed in a training accident. The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 27th March 1944 states "Cpl. R.J. Davies (No 2 troop) accidentally killed from a rifle shot whilst instructing a Squad."

His brother 3909503 Private Douglas James Davie, aged 22 and serving in the Welch Regiment, died on the 25th December 1943 and is buried at Ancona War Cemetery.

JEAL, Percy William

Mne. Jeal was killed during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."
(Source: National Archives War Diary DEFE 2/49.)
 

JENKINS, Samuel Leslie

Captain Samuel Jenkins was killed at Solta.  

Two entries from the No.2 Cdo War Diary:   4th March 1944 at Vis - "Captain S.L. Jenkins departed with Lt McMenamin to Solta to recce for proposed raid";  8th March 1944 at Vis.  "Lt McMenamin returned with the news that Captain Jenkins had been wounded and captured by the Germans on Solta." 

The memorial cross at St David's Church, Llanarthney Carmarthenshire,  is inscribed to the memory of Captain Jenkins.

PIRIE, James

Capt. Pirie RE was attached to 2 Special Service Brigade at the time of his death. During this period the Brigade were involved in operations against the German garrison on Brac.

SAUNDERS, Samuel John Albert

Mne. Saunders was killed during an air attack on Vis, their base of operations against enemy held Dalmatian Islands.
 
The 43RM Cdo. War Diary entry for 28th March 1944 states " Enemy aircraft attacked Vis town , and bombs also fell in Podselje . A direct hit was scored on the Cdo Orderly room,resulting in the death of Ty Lt. F.H. Hancock and two marines."
(Source: National Archives War Diary DEFE 2/49.)
 

SCHOOLEY, Ralph Gerald

Capt. Schooley, 'B' troop, was killed during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia. He receieved a MiD for "outstanding service whilst operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."

Sources
​Commando Subaltern at War by Lt W.G. Jenkins DSO
London Gazettes Supp. 36903, page 518.
 

WAKEFIELD, Edward Roger

Captain Edward Wakefield was killed whilst attached to 2 Special Service Brigade during an operation involving Nos. 40 and 43RM Commando and Partisan forces, against German forces on the island of Brac.
 
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in 1945. 
[Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36886, page 337.]
 

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