Saint Nazaire Raid - Commando Fallen

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AIRD, Michael Derrick

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Michael Aird, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 268. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

BEVERIDGE, Robert

No 5 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Robert Beveridge died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

BIRNEY, David Leslie

No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire which took place on 28 March 1942.
He was commanding an assault group that had embarked on Motor Launch ML 447. 

BLOUNT, Arthur Harvey

No 12 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Arthur Blount died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on  HMS Campbeltown and part of a Demolition Team.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

BOYCE, John Douglas

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Boyce died during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society.
 

BRYAN, Edward Joseph

Edward Bryan 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Edward Bryan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. 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.

BURGESS, Leslie

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Leslie Burgess died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

BURNS, Ronald Edward David

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Ronald Burns, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 
Sources

BURTINSHAW, Robert James Glover

No 5 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Robert Burtinshaw died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was Officer in Charge of a Demolition Team on HMS Campbeltown. He received a posthumous Mention in despatches for his "gallant and distinguished services in action against the enemy during the raid."

CHETWYND, Samuel Ernest

No 12 Commando
Sherwood Forresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Samuel Chetwynd died during Operation Chariot, the raid a St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457 as part of Capt. Pritchard's Demolition Control Party.
 

COUGHLAN, John

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Coughlan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. 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.

COULSON, Garnett

No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Garnett Coulson died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

CUNNINGHAM, Henry Peter

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Henry Cunningham, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. 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.

DEANS, James

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Deans died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457. 
 

DIAMOND, Thomas

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Thomas Diamond, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 267 , as was R.S.M. Alan Moss. Their squad was to be a small HQ reserve for Lieutenant Colonel Newman. However in the chaos of the action as the ML's tried to land their Commandos, ML267 came under heavy fire and the ML began to burn.

DONALDSON, John

Lance Corporal John Donaldson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Donaldson, 3 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.  

DUNCAN, Ronald

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Ronald Duncan died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.  He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

DURRANT, Sgt. Thomas Frank, VC

No 1 Commando
Royal Engineers
Victoria Cross (VC)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire.  He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. 

War Office 19th June 1945

For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun in H.M. Motor Launch ML 306 in the St. Nazaire raid on the 28th March, 1942. 

ELDRIDGE, Leonard Frederick

Leonard Eldridge 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Leonard Eldridge, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 447.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
[Image credit] Karen Eldridge.

FERGUSON, William

No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant William Ferguson died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society.

FISHER, Norman Lucas

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Norman Fisher, 6 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 192.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website/James Dorrian.
 

FOWLER, Henry Francis

No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Henry Fowler, 2 Troop, died of wounds on 24 January 1943 [1][2]. He was one of the commando contingent for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire embarked on board motor launch ML443 and was seriously wounded by enemy fire during the unsuccessful attempt by the naval crew to land the Commandos on board. He was evacuated back to the UK [3]

GARRATT, Arthur Ernest

No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Arthur Garratt, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 447.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

GIBSON, William

No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Gibson, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. Like all those on the raid they were given an opportunity beforehand to write their will or last letters.  Bill Gibson wrote to his Father. Read it below.
 

GROSE, William Ernest

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman William Grose, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 447.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, died during Operation Chariot, 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

HARKNESS, Peter

No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Peter Harkness, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch 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.

HARRISON, Maurice

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Maurice Harrison, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot,  the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 192.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HAY, William

No 2 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal William Hay died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank.

HEMPSTEAD, Stanley

No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Stanley Hempstead, 2 troop,  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HODGSON, Eric Stewart

No 2 Commando
Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Eric Hodgson, Officer Commanding 1 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He was the Officer commanding the commando contingent on motor launch ML 446.
 

HUDSON, George Herbert

No 2 Commando
11th(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Hudson, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 
Sources
CWGC. 
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

IDE, George Edward

No 5 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant George Ide died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.  He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.

Sources
CWGC,
St Nazaire Society website.

JAMESON, Robert Evan

No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant Robert Jameson died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

JENKINS, Morgan

2nd Lieut Jenkins 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 5 Independent Company
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Morgan  Jenkins died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

JONES, Harri Havard

No 12 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Harri Jones died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268 and part of a Demolition Team.
 

KELLY, Francis

No 2 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francis Kelly died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He was one of the commando contingent on MGB 314 [2].
 

LLEWELLYN, Fred

Corporal Fred Llewellyn 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Fred Llewellyn died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.
Service Record 
17 January 1940 enlisted King's Shopshire Light Infantry.
27 April 1940 to No.9 Independent Company.
8 November 1940 to No.1 Special Service Battalion.

LUCY, Albert James

No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Albert Lucy, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 192.
 

MATHER, Harry

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Harry Mather, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

MAYLOTT, Jesse

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Jesse Maylott, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. 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.

MCCORMACK, Thomas

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas McCormack, 5 troop No 2 Commando, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown. Part of Capt. Donald Roy's Assault Team, Tom was fatally wounded during the raid. Taken prisoner he later died of his wounds in a German Naval Hospital.
 

MOSS, Alan

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was shot and killed during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on Motor Launch ML 267 he later received a posthumous Mention in Despatches. 
Recommendation

PRITCHARD, William Henry

Captain William Pritchard RE
Special Service Brigade
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain William Pritchard M.C. died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457 [1][2].

ROBINSON, Sydney

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Sydney Robinson, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

SHENTON, Joseph

No 9 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joseph Shenton died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on board motor launch ML 268.
 

SMALLEY, Christopher John

Christopher John Smalley 5 Commando
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Christopher Smalley died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on HMS Campbeltown he commanded a demolition party whose task it was to destroy the Dry Dock Installations. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services." 
Recommendation

STOKES, George Stanley

No 5 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal George Stokes died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and part of Lt Burtinshaw's demolition party.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

TAYLOR, Gerald

No 2 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Gerald Taylor, HQ Reserve, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. 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.

TOMBLIN, Edward Charles

No 1 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Edward Tomblin died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 306.
 
Sources
CWGC
St Nazaire Society website.
 

VANDERWERVE, John Edward

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Vanderwerve  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 306 and  OIC of a protection squad for the demolition team on board.
 

WALTON, Philip

Lieut. Philip Walton No 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Philip Walton, 1 Troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was Section Officer of a demolition team on Motor Launch ML 457.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author James Dorrian.

WOODCOCK, Mark

No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Mark Woodcock died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was Officer in Charge of a demolition team on Motor Launch ML 262.


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