Camp 78, Fonte d’Amore, Sulmona, Italy

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BRITTLEBANK, John

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SBS
Bombardier John Brittlebank served in both No.3 and No.8 Commando [1] before joining 1 S.B.S. [2].  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3].
Recommendation
"On the night of the 5th of September 1942, Bombardier Brittlebank accompanied Captain Wilson in a Folbot to make an attack with experimental torpedoes on an enemy ship in Crotone harbour.

BUTLER, Howard Herbert Cosens

No 9 Commando
No 11 Commando
SBS
Corporal Howard Butler, 'M' Section of the  Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field. He had previously served in No.9 and No.11 Commando. The award covered his participation in Operation Whynot, a raid in Sicily commencing on 11 August 1942 to disrupt a German bomber base in range of a relief convoy for the beseiged island of Malta.

DUNBAR, W.

SBS
Sergeant W. Dunbar, 'M' Section of the  Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field. He had taken part in Operation Whynot, a raid in Sicily commencing on 11 August 1942 to disrupt a German bomber base in range of a relief convoy for the beseiged island of Malta.
They landed by canoes launched from HM Submarine Una and were captured after the raid as they tried to make good their escape. He later escaped from the Italian prison camp in which he had been detained.

GAYLARD, Albert Jack

No 7 Commando
Lance Corporal Albert Gaylard was reported missing in action 20 April 1941 during operations in Cyrenaica Libya, and later found to have been captured by the enemy [1][4]. He died during an air raid [2][3] whilst a prisoner of war in Camp PG78 Italy [4][5].
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/27.

McSHANE, Charles Henry Hubert

No 7 Commando
Sergeant Charles McShane, No.7 Commando, was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Camp 78 in Italy [1][2].
  • 1943 repatriated to the UK [3].
  • 15 January 1944 died in the UK attached 4th Bn. Dorset Regiment [4][Notes].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
[2] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

WILSON, Robert

No 8 Commando
SBS
Gunner Robert Wilson was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 2 September 1939 [1]. After volunteering for the Commandos he joined the folbot section of No.8 Commando, prior to a move to the Special Boat Section in the Middle East.
  • 24 February 1942 (Lieutenant) (Temporary Captain) (SBS) Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [2][2a].
  • 24 February 1942 Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in the Middle East [3].

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