RN Beach Commando 'Charlie'

'History of Naval Beach Control Parties (formerly Royal Naval Beach Commandos)'

 
Transcript of National Archives document file DEFE 2/987. 
 

'R.N.B.C. Charlie'

 
Formed at Coulport House about March 1942 after the Madagascar Force had sailed. Personnel from this Unit, notably S.Lt.  D.T. Kent, D.S.C, R.N.V.R., S.Lt.  F.A.H. Leeke, R.N.V.R., and P.O. Murphy, had taken part on the raids at Lofoten, Vaagso, and Boulogne.
 
Took part in Dieppe raid, where it lost a considerable number of Officers and men, the sub-unit 'C' 2 having to be replaced in toto.
 
After its return to U.K. from North Africa, it was attached to Force 'W' (afterwards Force 'G')  sailing for Suez via the Cape in March 1943 before taking part in the invasion of Sicily in July.
 
On its return to U.K. in October 1943, it remained in Gailes Camp for some months and later it was accomodated in ARMADILLO before proceeding to carry out exercixe commitments in APPLEDORE and Burnham. A reserve unit for "OVERLORD" it was not called on to participate, it proceeded to S.E.A.C. in two sections in 21.2.45 and  -.4.45 with Force 'W'.
 
Operations
1942 Lofoten, Vaagso, Boulogne
19th August 1942 DIEPPE
8th November 1942 NORTH AFRICA - ORAN
10th July 1943 SICILY
September 1945 MALAYA.
 
C.O.             April 1944 - November 1945  Lt. Cmdr. A. Wilson, D.S.C., R.N.V.R.
 
Disbanded Nov 1945 in S.E.A.C.
 
S.Lt. G.J. Barker, R.N.V.R.
Lt Crutwell, R.N.V.R.
Lt. Bentley-Buckle, R.N.
S.Lt. Griffin, R.N.V.R.
Lt. Bibby, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. Haslett, R.N.V.R.
Mid. A.E. Bielski, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. Holmes, R.N.V.R.
Lt. Canning, R.N.V.R.
Lt. Howe, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. A.W. Charles, R.N.V.R.
Lt. J.A. Jones, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. R.L. Coppock, R.N.V.R.
Lt. Kent, R.N.V.R.
Lt. E.A.M. Laing, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. H. Lauder, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. A. McConnell, R.N.V.R.
Lt. Middleton, R.N.V.R.
Lt.Cdr. Norris, R.N.
S.Lt. P.V. Painter, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. D.H. Parry, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt.  J.L. Pitt, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. Richards, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. R.C. Richards, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. J. Threlfall, R.N.V.R.
S.Lt. D. White, R.N.V.R.
Lt. R.B. Whyte, R.N.V.R.
Lt. Cdr. A. Wilson
 

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