Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Commando Veterans Archive ?

This Archive is a not for profit online source of free information about Commandos who have served since their formation in 1940 to the present day.

How is it managed ?

The website and its domain are owned and managed by John Mewett and his son Dan. The Content Manager is Pete Rogers. We are the sons, and in Dan's case, the grandson, of WW2 Army Commandos. Unlike Service museums, etc. we are not funded but do our best.

How much does it cost ?

The website team freely donate their time and any costs involved.

Who are the website team ?

John Mewett and his son Dan, and Pete Rogers. View the answer for the question ‘How is it managed?’

Do the website team have any help ?

Yes. We have some very knowledgeable people who follow our Forum and help provide verifiable information.

Do the website team represent the views of the Commando Association ?

No. This online Archive is an independent entity. As such any views expressed by their website team are their own, and not those of the Association.

So what is the connection with the Association ?

The website Forum and Gallery were created by John Mewett and his son Dan as a means of providing a greater knowledge about the history of, and preserving the memory of, the Commandos; and to provide a platform that members of the association, and other interested parties, could use to help in achieving this. Later a main Archive was added to display content created by the website team from their research.

If I register on this website am I a member of the Association ?

No. The Commando Veterans Archive is an independent entity. To join the Commando Association download the application forms from the Home page menu ‘Association-Membership.’ Complete and send to the Association using the address on the Form.

When did the Association change its name ?

The Commando Veterans Association was formed after the original Commando Association stood down in 2005. On the 1st June 2019 they reverted their title back to that of the original, ie. Commando Association. Histories of both present and past Associations are on the navigation panel.

Does the Commando Veterans Archive have access to service records ?

No. Copies of actual Service Records can only be obtained by application to the MOD through their disclosure sections. Don't be fooled by pay websites that offer a similar service. Our Research Advice guide on the Home page provides details on how to request a service record.

If a name is not listed does that mean he was not a Commando ?

No. The Commando Veterans Archive records are not complete. If you provide us with the details in a Forum message, including evidence of service in a Commando (see next question), then we will review it and update our records where necessary. The only place to do this is by registering on the Forum and posting the information there.

What evidence of commando service do you require ?

Where we have no record, you must provide the evidence. This can vary from a copy of a service record, to a photo or even a letter. Anything referencing commando service in writing, or where commando insignia is visible. Remember, unlike today, in World War Two not all Royal Marines were Commandos.

How can I notify you of the death of a Commando ?

For Veterans who have left the Service use the Contact Form on the Home Page, select the category 'Website Obituaries', and provide us with the full details, including forename/s, age if known, unit, and date of death; For those who died whilst in Service, do the same but select the category 'Website Rolls of Honour', and provide us with the full details and cause of death where known.

How can I add information or photos to this website ?

This is done via the Forum. Register on our Forum and post your information or photos there. You must comply with our Terms and Conditions. Photos will be assessed and moved to the Gallery if suitable. Photos taken of photos are never the best option. Using a scanner to scan your photo is better. You can also Register on the Gallery to add a comment to any photo in there. We have a Contact Form on the Home Page if you have any technical difficulties.

The photo I have posted on the Forum does not display ?

There is a maximum size limit for photos on the Forum which has likely been exceeded. Try reducing its size if you know how to, or use the Contact Form located on the navigation panel on the Home Page, select the appropriate category, and tell us what the problem is. Someone will be in touch soon.

I am having difficulty registering on the Forum ?

Occasionally an e-mail provider incorrectly marks our 'activation’ e-mail as spam so check your spam/junk folder first. If the email is in your junk folder you will need to move this to your inbox to enable the activation link. If you still cannot see the email, please use the Contact Form and advises us of your full name and and we will activate your account for you.
If you have tried to register and have encountered issues eg. it says you've already registered when you haven't, or the system isn't accepting the information you've entered, please contact us via our Contact Form

How do I edit my Forum profile ?

Log in. Click on My Profile. Edit the bio page as you wish. Scroll down. Click submit. Towards the top of the form in green you should see the words “Information updated”. This indicates the change has been made.

Can I use some of the photos on your website ?

Whilst we have a Creative Commons licence for non commercial use displayed at the bottom of every gallery page, it is your responsibility to ensure you comply with any terms or copyright. Click on the link below & view p3 for clarity on copyright law.,
If your use is for a commercial purpose get in touch via our Contact Form and someone will respond soon.

Why are there different search facilities on the website ?

The Google Custom search checks the Forum, the Gallery, and the main Archive. This can result in a multitude of responses. So, for those wanting a limited check, we include a search facility specific to the Gallery, and another for the Archive.

How do I report a broken link on your website ?

Use the Contact Form located on the navigation panel on the Home Page, select the appropriate category, and tell us what the problem is. Someone will be in touch soon.

How do I report any other problem on your website ?

Use the Contact Form located on the navigation panel on the Home Page, select the appropriate category, and tell us what the problem is. Someone will be in touch soon.

Do you manage the Commando Association Facebook page ?

No. The Facebook social media page is managed independently.

If I post a photo or info on the Facebook page will it be replicated here ?

No. Users must place their own photos on this website. The Facebook social media page is managed independently.

How do you use the personal data of users of your website ?

This is explained in our Privacy Statement here

Ask Questions / Add Information / Add Photos

Use our Forum for research enquiries, or to add information or photos. [register now]
Your message will then be seen by the many knowledgeable members of our Forum.
Photos will be reviewed and added to the Archive if appropriate. 
Read some frequently asked questions here [FAQ's].
All content is researched and administered by the Commando Veterans Archive.