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BIRNEY, David Leslie

 Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 447 and OIC of an assault group. The date of his death is confirmed by French authorities, and the CWGC, whose records show that he died of wounds. 
 
Born in India, David Birney later attended Trinity College graduating with a BA in 1938.
 
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BURTINSHAW, Robert James Glover

Lieutenant Robert Burtinshaw died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and OIC of a demolition team. He received a posthumous MiD for his "gallant and distinguished services in action against the enemy during the raid."
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 37162; Page: 3494 and Supp. 37629; Page: 3273 (errata).
 

HARKNESS, Peter

Lance Sergeant Peter Harkness, 6 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 268. He is referred to in the last letter of his good friend LSgt Bill Gibson who also died on the raid.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

MOSS, Alan

Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was shot and killed during the raid at St. Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 267.
 
Alan Moss served in the Liverpool Scots QOCH TA, then No.4 Independent Company and finally No. 2 Commando. He was a Sgt. in No.4 Ind. Coy. He was the first RSM of No.2 Commando when it was formed. On the 28th March 1942 along with many from No. 2 Commando he took part in Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. His squad was to be a small HQ Reserve for Lt. Col. Newman.
 

WALTON, Philip

Lieut. Philip Walton No 2 Commando
 Lieutenant Philip Walton, 1 Troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 457 and section officer of a demolition team.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

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