ROY, Donald William
The then Private Donald William Roy (late Cadet, Fettes College Contgt., Jun. Div., O.T.C.). received his commission into the Liverpool Scots TA on the 17th June 1939. He was mobilised in August 1939 and posted to the 2nd Battalion. He volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No 3 Platoon, No 4 Independent Company. In May 1941 he and the rest of No 4 Ind. Coy sailed as part of Scissor Force to Norway (Operation Avonmouth). When they returned he was posted to 'B' Coy. No 1 Special Service Bn. and when the Special Service units were restructured he joined the newly raised No 2 Commando in 1941 as Captain of 5 troop. This troop was known at the time as the 'Liverpool Scottish' troop.
He was awarded the DSO " in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the raid on St. Nazaire. " He led an assault party which had sailed on board HMS Campbeltown, and after the ship rammed the dock gates, they disembarked to commence the assault protecting the demolition teams, and completed their objectives. He was wounded during the raid and was a prisoner for the rest of the war.
Post war he served in the Camerons TA ( Highland Brigade).Sources: Liverpool Scottish Museum. 1939 London Gazettes Supp. 34636, page 4043. 1945 London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493. 1964 London Gazettes Supp. 43221, page 464.