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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.
 

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.

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, 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].

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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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