ASPDEN, Jack

Rank: 
Lance Bombardier (later Major)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery & Loyal Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
318595 & 370978
Operations: 
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][2].
  • 21 September 1946 commissioned Second Lieutenant with the Loyal Regiment [3].
  • 1 January 1964 (Temporary Major on loan to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [4].
Sources
[1] St. Nazaire Society 
[2] Storming St Nazaire, author James Dorrian.
[3] London Gazette 37773, page 5355.
[4] London Gazette 43203, page 43.
 
Notes
Commando Association newsletter entries refer to him also serving in No. 4 Commando at some stage. 
 

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