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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).
 

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
Recommendation
"Pte. Gwynne proved himself to be a courageous and determined soldier. His disregard for personal danger in the attack and his efforts to destroy enemy gun positions mounted in the roof of the Pumping station were outstanding.

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. Embarking on motor launch ML267 he later received a posthumous Mention in Despatches. 
Recommendation
"During the Commando raid on St Nazaire on 28th March 1942 the motor launch in which RSM Moss was travelling was set on fire by enemy shore guns. The troops on board, many of whom were badly wounded, were forced to abandon ship.

PRITCHARD, William Henry

Captain William Pritchard M.C. died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 457 [1][2].
He and fellow Royal Engineer, Captain Bob Montgomery [more...] had been instrumental in the initial planning and training of the demolition teams [3]

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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