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'RN Beach Cdo. Nominal Roll'

A Nominal Roll for the Royal Naval Beach Commandos. For historical & research purposes, we have tried to compile the names of all RN Commando volunteers. Details were obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Lists of Casualties,  the RN Commando War Diary,  papers from the National Archives, books, documents and various other sources of research carried out by fellow members of the CVA .

'RN Beach Commando units'

Initially raised as 'Naval Beach Parties', they were redesignated as Royal Naval Beach Commandos. At the end of the war they were again redesignated as Naval Beach Control Parties'
 
The transcripts of National Archives document file DEFE 2/987 relating to each RN Beach Commando unit are listed below.
 

BALLARD, Alfred Hunter

RN Commando
Lieutenant Alfred Ballard, RNBC 'A', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy June 1944 [1][2].
  • 22 December 1944 awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, determination and devotion to duty in the assault and capture of the Island of Walcheren the previous month [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36794, page 5215.

BEVIS, Kenneth John

RN Commando

Petty Officer Kenneth Bevis was killed in Italy. He received a posthumous MiD 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."

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

BIBBY, Desmond Terence

RN Commando
Lieutenant Desmond Bibby, RNBC 'C', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for coolness, courage and efficiency as Beachmaster in a sector of the beach in the raid on Dieppe 19 August, 1942. As the advance of the troops was held up his sector was throughout the operation under conitinuous fire. When four out of the only five landing craft loaded for the withdrawal were sunk, Lieutenant Bibby's conduct in getting the troops back to shore under heavy fire was outstanding.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37299, page 4954.

COPPOCK, Robin Leslie

RN Commando

Sub-Lieutenant Robin Coppock, RNBC 'C', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallant and distinguished services and untiring devotion to duty in operations which led to the capture of Sicily by Allied forces.

Sources
London Gazette 36295, page 5540.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

DAVIS, Alan

RN Commando
Sub Lieutenant Alan Davis  was killed in Italy [1]. He received a posthumous MiD 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]
 

GODDARD, Henry John

RN Commando

Able Seaman Henry Goddard, RNBC 'A', was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 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.

Sources
London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

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.
 

KENT, Douglas Thomas

RN Commando
Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Kent, RNBC 'C', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallant and distinguished service in the successful Combined Operations on the enemy-occupied coast in the Boulogne Area [1][2].
  • December 1943 (COPP 5) (Sicily) awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Cross for great bravery and enterprise [3][4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 35622, page 2984.
[2] Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

MALYON, Charles Frederick

RN Commando
Able Seaman Charles Malyon was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for gallantry in carrying a wounded man to safety under shell and machine gun fire during operations in the Arakan.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36593, page 3145.
Burma Star Association Membership List.
 

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.
 

NICHOLL, Hugh Rowley Mount

RN Commando
Commander Hugh Nicholl served with 'G' Beach Commando [1][6][7]
  • 20 January 1941 (Acting Commander) appointed Distinguished Service Order for coolness, skill and devotion to duty while serving in the Mediterranean [2].
  • June 1942  (Acting Commander) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [3].

PARSONS, Victor William Robert

RN Commando

Able Seaman Victor Parsons, RNBC 'O', was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 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.

Sources
London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

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].

PHIBBS, David Kenneth

RN Commando
Lieutenant David Phibbs, RNBC 'A', received a 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 [1][3].
  • August 1942 awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for bravery and enterprise in the successful operations which led to the surrender of the important base of Diego Suarez [2][3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36783, page 5088.

SCOTT-WILSON, James Alfred

RN Commando
Lieutenant Commander James Alfred Scott-Wilson D.S.C., RNBC 'F', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallant and distinguished service and untiring devotion to duty in operations which led to the capture of Sicily by Allied forces [1][3].
  • 1944 (RNBC 'A' ) awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Cross 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][3].
Sources

SLYFIELD, Malcolm David

RN Commando

Able Seaman Malcolm Slyfield, RNBC 'A', was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 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.

Sources
London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

SMITH, Francis Sidney

RN Commando

Petty Officer Francis Smith, RNBC 'A', was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 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.

Sources
London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

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.
 

STANLEY, Wallace Victor

RN Commando
Petty Officer Wallace Stanley, RNBC 'A', was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 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.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.
 

TURNBULL, William, R.

RN Commando
Able Seaman William Turnbull was killed in Italy. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard.
 

Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle (ROH p3)  - Thurs. 20 July 1944

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.*)
 
Sources
CWGC

WOODALL, Cyril

RN Commando

Able Seaman Cyril Woodall, RNBC 'O', was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 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.

Sources
London Gazette 36783, page 5088.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.


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