Lance Bombardier (later Major)
Royal Artillery & Loyal Regiment
Service number: 
318595 & 370978
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 267 for the raid at St. Nazaire. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed. Jack Aspden was taken prisoner of war [1].
On the 21st September 1946 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant with the Loyal Regiment [2].
On the 1st January 1964 the then Major (temporary) Jack Aspden, on loan to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
[1] St. Nazaire Society 
[2] Storming St Nazaire, author James Dorrian.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 37773, page 5355.
[4} Londo Gazettes Supp. 43203, page 43.

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