'RN Beach Cdo. Roll of Honour'

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."

This list of names has been put together from various sources and represents whom we believe may have served and died whilst in the RN Commandos. Many are listed by shore unit and not as RN Beach Commandos on the  Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) database.  Copies of official documents evidencing service in a Commando are necessary before the CWGC will amend their records. If such details are held by you please contact us so we can provide them to the CWGC.
 
Able Seaman Reginald John William BAILEY
Petty Officer Kenneth BEVIS
Petty Officer Thomas Devlin BRIGGS
Able Seaman Charles Edward CHAMBERLAIN
Petty Officer Eric Frank COVENEY
Able Seaman John David Ferguson CULLENS
Sub Lieutenant Alan DAVIS
Able Seaman Edward Christopher EDDY 
Able Seaman Roland ENEFER
Able Seaman George FAIRWEATHER
Able Seaman Robert William GOARD
Sub Lieutenant Frederick Howard GRIFFITHS
Able Seaman Robert HALL 
Leading Seaman Harry HALLOS
Sub Lieutenant C.W.H. HASLETT
Able Seaman Jack Percy HAYWARD
Stoker Leonard Matthew HILLS
Sub Lieutenant A.B. HODGSON
Able Seaman Douglas A. HONEYWOOD
Petty Officer James HOUGH
Able Seaman Henry Kent HUGMAN
Sub Lieutenant Edward Armstrong MACDONALD
Able Seaman George McGRANN
Able Seaman Edward MOONEY 
Leading Seaman Patrick MORAN
Able Seaman William John MURRAY
Able Seaman Desmond Gordon Anthony O'CONNOR
Able Seaman John Joseph O'NEILL
Leading Seaman T.P. PALMER
Leading Seaman Edward John PEASLEY
Able Seaman Fred POMFRET
Able Seaman John Kevin REED
Able Seaman John James SOALL
Able Seaman Dennis Charles THACKRAY
Leading Seaman Alfred TIDDER
Able Seaman William R. TURNBULL
Lieutenant Henry Albert VENN
Able Seaman William McNaughton WELSH
Able Seaman John William WHITTINGTON
Able Seaman Sydney WOOD
 
We will Remember them
 
and all ranks who served in the Commando and have since passed on in the passage of time, who are also remembered by their proud families and comrades.
 
Source: The above Roll of Honour has been compiled from various sources including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, CVA website, and the Naval History and Special Forces ROH websites. We recognise there may possibly be some inaccuracies and/or omissions, and welcome any evidence leading to additional names, or corrections, in order that those who made the ultimate sacrifice are duly remembered. 
 

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

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BAILEY, Reginald John William

RN Commando

Able Seaman Reginald Bailey died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/127.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

BEVIS, Kenneth John

RN Commando

Petty Officer Kenneth Bevis, RN Beach Commando 'O' ,  died at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba"[3].

Extract from the Birmingham Mail newspaper 1945
"P.O. RN Commando, Elba June 1944 Mention in Despatches. No Morning dawns, No night returns, But what we think of you. Proudly remembered by Mom, Dad"[4].

BRIGGS, Thomas Devlin

RN Commando

Petty Officer Thomas Briggs died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

CHAMBERLAIN, Charles Edward

RN Commando

Able Seaman Charles Chamberlain died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire

COVENEY, Eric Frank

RN Commando

Petty Officer Eric Coveney died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.
Register of Births Eastry Kent district 1918.

CULLENS, John David Ferguson

RN Commando

Able Seaman John Cullens died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/129.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

DAVIS, Alan

RN Commando

Sub Lieutenant Alan Davis  died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [2].  He was an Assistant Beachmaster during the operation [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
[3] Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire

ENEFER, Roland

RN Commando

Able Seaman Roland Enefer died during Operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/130.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

FAIRWEATHER, George Paton

RN Commando

Able Seaman George Fairweather died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/130.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

HALL, Robert

RN Commando

Able Seaman Robert Hall, RN Beach Commando ‘K’, died in Italy. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

HALLOS, Harry

RN Commando

Leading Seaman Harry Hallos died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/131.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

HAYWARD, Jack Percy

RN Commando

Able Seaman Jack Hayward died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/131.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

HILLS, Leonard Matthew

RN Commando

Stoker Leonard Hills died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Register of Reports of Death - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

HODGSON, Alan Burnet

RN Commando
Sub Lieutenant Alan Hodgson died during operations at Elba [1][2].
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [2]. He was a Beachmaster during the operation [3].
 

Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
[3] Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire

HONEYWOOD, Douglas Alan

RN Commando

Able Seaman Douglas Honeywood died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Register of Reports of Death - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

HOUGH, James

RN Commando
Petty Officer James Hough, RN Beach Commando 'L', was killed during operations at Walcheren.
 
Sources:
CWGC 
History of RN Commando 'Love' National archives ref. DEFE2/987.
 

HUGMAN, Henry Kent

RN Commando

Able Seaman Henry Hugman died during operations at Elba [1][2].  At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Register of Reports of Death - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/132.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire

MACDONALD, Edward Armstrong

RN Commando
Sub Lieutenant Edward Macdonald died during operations at Elba [1][2].
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [2]. He was an Assistant Beachmaster during the operation [3].
 

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
[3] Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

MCGRANN, George

RN Commando

Able Seaman George McGrann died during operations to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the island of Corsica. 

Sources
CWGC.
The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

MOONEY, Edward

RN Commando
Able Seaman Edward Mooney, RN Beach Commando 'P', died during operations at Normandy [1].  Beach Commando 'P' was attached to Force 'J' for Operation Overlord [2].  
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] History of 'Peter' section RN Cdos National Archives file DEFE2/987.

MORAN, Patrick

RN Commando
Leading Seaman Patrick Moran, RN Beach Commando 'S', died during operations in Normandy. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazettes Supplement 36676, page 4008.
 

MURRAY, William John

RN Commando

Able Seaman William Murray died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/134.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

O'CONNOR, Desmond Gordon Anthony

RN Commando

Able Seaman Desmond O'Connor died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [3].

At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard.

O'NEILL, John Joseph

RN Commando

Able Seaman John O'Neill died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

PALMER, Terence Patrick

RN Commando

Leading Seaman Terence Palmer died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [3].

At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard.

PEASLEY, Edward John

RN Commando
Leading Seaman Edward Peasley, RN Beach Commando 'H', died in a diving accident in Genoa, Italy [1 + 2 + Notes B].
 
He had earlier received a MiD for outstanding services in planning and carrying out an operation in the Arakan in close co-operation with the Army [3].
 
We have a photo of him as a RN Commando serving with 'H', also known as 'HOW', section.  [2 +4]   'How' section operated in both the Arakan in 1944 and Genoa in 1945 [4].

POMFRET, Fred

RN Commando

Able Seaman Fred Pomfret died during operations at Elba [1][2].  At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Register of Reports of Death - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/135.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

SOALL, John James

RN Commando
Able Seaman John Soall, RN Beach Commando 'K', died during operations at Salerno [1][2].
 
Sources
[1] C.W.G.C.
[2] National Archives file ADM 358/1892 - Admiralty: Casualty Branch: Enquiries into Missing Personnel, 1939-1945 War.
 
Notes
Not listed as Commando on CWGC, only as HMS COPRA. Message sent to CWGC 3/1/2020.
 

THACKRAY, Dennis Charles

RN Commando
Able Seaman Dennis Thackray died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Evening Post 
"Thackray - Years pass, but memories cling  of a dear brother, and uncle, Denis, R.N. Commandos, killed June 17, 1944. From Emma, Clive and Stanley." [4][4a].
 

TIDDER, Alfred

RN Commando

Leading Seaman Alfred Tidder died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

TURNBULL, William, R.

RN Commando

Able Seaman William Turnbull during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard [3].

Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle 
"A/B W. R. Turnbull. R.N. (Commandos), son of Mrs. and the late Mr. C. Turnbull, of 4. Nixon Street, Newcastle. (C.M.F.*)" [4].

WELSH, William McNaughton

RN Commando

Able Seaman William Welsh died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

WHITTINGTON, John William

RN Commando

Able Seaman John Whittington died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.


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