John Fairclough was one of the ten Commandos and 2 Norwegians who took part in Operation Musketoon. He held the rank of Guardsman at the time. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. Gdsm. Fairclough evaded capture after the successful raid and made it back to the UK. He was awarded the MM for his actions during this raid.
The death of Sgt. John Fairclough MM of Wrexham, Clwyd, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.Sources London Gazettes Supp. 35853, page 210.