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ALLEN, George Edward

No 6 Commando
Private George  Allen died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Cdo War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

ARENSTEIN, Hans

Hans Arenstein 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
47RM Commando

Hans Arenstein served under an alias of Harry Andrews. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando.  He was attached to 47RM Commando at the time of his death.

nb. The date of death (10th) has been confirmed with the CWGC as being correct.

BELL, James

41RM Commando

Marine James Bell died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/127.

BELL, Robert

45RM Commando
Marine Robert Bell died during operations at Le Mesnil, Normandy.
 
Extract from the Bo'ness Journal, and Linlithgow Advertiser - Friday 15 August 1952
In Loving Memory of our dear son, Marine Commando Robert Bell, killed in action.
We were not there to see you die,
Perhaps it's just as well,
We never could have said goodbye,
To the son we loved so well,
We think of you in silence
And often speak your name,

BLUNDEN, Alfred Edgar

No 6 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Alfred Blunden died during operations at Normandy. [1] 
 
Known as Jimmy, son of Alfred Ernest and Florence Jessie Blunden, of Shepherd's Bush, London; husband of Alice Norah May Blunden, of Shepherd's Bush. [1] . He was a middleweight boxer for the Commando and is mentioned in this 1942 Tournament score sheet against No 9 Commando.  [2]
 
Extract from the West London Observer - Friday 02 January 1942

BOOTHROYD, Gordon

45RM Commando
Marine Gordon Boothroyd, 'E' Troop, died during operations in Normandy.  Son of Edgar and Mabel Boothroyd, of Huddersfield. His brother Geoffrey serving with 40RM Commando 'T' Company on HMS Fidelity also died in the war [more....]
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/128.
 

BUTLER, Brian Dear

No 3 Commando
Major Brian Butler MC died [1] at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded [2]. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst a Troop Captain for gallant and distinguished services on the 4th October 1943 at Termoli, Italy [4].
 
Sources:
[1] CWGC
[2] No 3 Commando War Diary dated 11th June 1944.

CAMPBELL, Finlay David

45RM Commando

Marine Finlay Campbell died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.
[3] National Records of Scotland - Statutory Registers of Births 504/B 2 - Parish of Ardgour and Kingairloch, County of Argyll.

Notes
CWGC only have initial D for middle name. Confirmed at source [3] above as David.
Source at [2] above shows 'Died at Sea'.
 

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1][2][3][4]
  • July 1943 wounded Sicily [5].
  • 28 March 1942 (Lance Corporal) (No.3 Commando) took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML307 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [6].
Sources
[1] CWGC

DAVIES, Osmond

45RM Commando

Lance Corporal Osmond Davies, 'E' troop, died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/129.
The Story of 45RM Commando, published 1946 for veterans.

DAVIES, William Neville

47RM Commando
Marine William Davies died during operations at Normandy. He was part of a large fighting patrol of 4 troops and the heavy weapons troop sent against the enemy lines north east from La Grande Ferme commencing at 2115hrs on the 18th. It was hoped to be an in out raid to gather intelligence, capture prisoners, and weaken the enemies morale. Mne. Davies was killed during this raid.
 

DORMAN, John

48RM Commando

Marine John Dorman died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.

DRYBURGH, Alexander Crystal

45RM Commando

Lance Corporal Alexander Dryburgh died during operations at Normandy.

Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/130.
[3] National Records of Scotland - Statutory Registers of Births 362/36 - Parish of Kilmadock, County of Perth.
 
Notes
The CWGC have his age as 27. His actual age was 24. Confirmed correct on sources [2] and [3}.
 

ELMS, Frank

No 4 Commando
Second Lieutenant Frank Elms died during operations at Normandy.

The No 4 Commando War Diary records
"5th to 6th July 1944 Place: Hauger - A patrol under Lieut. Elms proceeded to recce the BOIS DU BOISSON - GONNEVILLE ROAD for the purpose of observing enemy movements and locating any possible new dispositions for the intended fighting patrol that was to put in an attack in that area at night. Lieut. Elms had the misfortune to be hit and severely wounded when approaching the FDLs and later died."
 

ELSDON, George Henry

No 6 Commando
Sergeant George Elsdon died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Cdo War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

FAZAN, Gilbert Roy

Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan died during operations at Normandy.
 
The No. 6 Commando War Diary records
"Commando is mortared 4 casualties. Capt Robinson and 1 Troop comes in and tells us Lieut Fazan killed.  Lieut Stalker and 10 O.R.'s wounded."
 
Extract from the Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser - Friday 23 June 1944

FYVIE, George

George Fyvie 46 Royal Marine Commando
46RM Commando

Marine George Fyvie, from Bucksburn, Scotland, died during operations at Beuzeville, France. His death was reported in a local newspaper at the time [see Linked Content below].

GAGE, Harold Arthur

45RM Commando
Corporal Harold Gage died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 
Notes
Son of James Edward and Ellen Maria Gage, of Neasden, Middlesex.
His brother Sapper James William Gage, Royal Engineers, also died [more....].
 

GEORGE, Rex

45RM Commando
Marine Rex George, 'E' Troop, died during operations at Normandy. He received a Mention in Despatches for good services with the 21st Army group.
 
Sources
CWGC
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
London Gazette 37251, page 4441.

GOSLING, Thomas George

48RM Commando
Marine Thomas Gosling died during operations at Sallenelles, Normandy.
Extract from the 48RM Cdo. War Diary
"7-7-1944 Sallenelles 2045 - 2115,  All HQ officers were at dinner, the house was shelled." Against this entry is a hand written note  which reads "Cas 1 MOA killed."
Marine Gosling is the only listed 48RM Commando casualty that day.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

HODGSON, George

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 
Citation for the award of the Military Medal

KEMP, John

47RM Commando

Marine John Kemp died in France. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Dozule.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

KHYTOVITCH, Eric

Eric Khytovitch MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944 records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16." [2]. 
 

KING, Cyril

45RM Commando

Marine Cyril King died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

KNILL, Ivor Richard

No 3 Commando
Private Ivor Knill died during operations in Le Plain Gruchet, France.
 
Whilst the actual circumstances of his death are not known by this archive,  No 3 Commando, with the rest of the 1st Special Service Brigade, were engaged at the time in an operation in the area of Le Plain Gruchet to infiltrate enemy lines and continue the offensive towards the Seine.
 
Sources
CWGC.

LEE, John

46RM Commando
Major John Lee, MC, LLB, the Second-in-Command,  died during operations at Beuzeville, Normandy.
 
He was awarded the MC, in the rank of Acting Major, for "gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army during the successful landings in Normandy."
 
Sources
CWGC

LISTON, William

No 6 Commando
Private William Liston died during operations at Normandy.
 
The No. 6 Commando War Diary records
 "11th June 1944 Place: In the field, Le Plein. We shell BREVILLE. We are shelled heavily. We capture a ½ track 20mm gun. p.m. - Continued to be shelled. Casualties 3."
 
William Liston met and married his wife Joyce whilst billeted at Keswick in 1943, and is also remembered on the Keswick War Memorial.
 

MCFATTER, John

45RM Commando

Marine John McFatter died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/133.

MEYER, Kurt

LCpl Peter Moody 3tp10Commando
No 10 Commando

Kurt Meyer served under an alias of Peter Moody. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando. He was killed during operations in Normandy whilst attached to 47RM Commando.

MORLEY, Colin Noel

47RM Commando
Colour Sergeant Colin Morley died during operations at Normandy, France. Whilst his Commando were heading along a country road in the direction of Putot-en-Auge they encountered an enemy patrol and Colour Sergeant Morley was shot and killed.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.

MULHALL, Alexander

45RM Commando
Marine Alexander Mulhall, from Falkirk, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/134.
Notice in the Falkirk Herald - 15 June 1946.
 

MURRAY, John

41RM Commando
Sergeant John Murray died during operations at Normandy.
 
Son of John and Jane Rankine Murray; husband of Agnes Murray, of Barrhead, Renfrewshire.
 
Notes
This man may be identical with Jack Murray who was a former goalkeeper with Greenock Morton FC.
 

NATHAN, Ernst

No 10 Commando
Ernst Nathan, who was of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Ernest Norton.  He died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources:
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 
(nb. not to be confused with RSM E.W. Nathan of 3 troop.)
 

RAMSDEN, Harry

No 6 Commando
Private Harry Ramsden died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

SIEVEWRIGHT, John

No 4 Commando
Private John Sievewright died during operations at Normandy after volunteering to go forward to assist his seriously injured troop officer Captain Style.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Fighting Fourth by Major James Dunning.
 

THOMAS, Gwyn Ifor

No 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Gwyn Thomas died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

THOMPSON, George (LCpl)

No 6 Commando
Lance Corporal George Thompson, 1 troop,  died during operations at Normandy in the area of Le Plein. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Arthur Ward died during operations at Normandy.
 
He served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war. His three brothers also served in the Armed Forces, and his sister nursed in a military hospital.
 
Sources
CWGC.
CVA Gallery newspaper cutting.
 

WATTON, Frederick George

No 6 Commando
Private Frederick Watton died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

WHITTLES, Graham

Private Graham Whittles 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Private Graham Whittles died during operations at Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
No. 3 Commando War Diary 
14 July 1944 Chateau D'Amfreville 
2310hrs - Intelligence Officer returns from 4 Troop patrol area.  Patrol was withdrawn after evacuation of casualties.  Enemy position mortared by Captain Pollard to finish withdrawal.  Tpr Whittles killed, Lt Weedon, L/S McDonald, and Tpr Barlow wounded.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WILSON, Donald

No 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Donald Wilson died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

WILSON, Sam

No 6 Commando
Private Sam Wilson died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records
"Place: In the field, Le Plein a.m. - 2 Troop kill 2 snipers with 'K' gun.  We are heavily mortared.  We answer with our own mortars. 0800 - Enemy attacks, all troops engage.  By 1700 hrs all attacks definitely repelled.  Suspect enemy got it in the neck.  Our own casualties total 16."
 

WOODBINE, Bert

48RM Commando
Marine Bert Woodbine died following the explosion of a mine during operations at Normandy [1][2][3].
Extract from the 48 RM Commando War Diary [3].
St. Maclou, 27-29 August 1944. 
27 Aug- 1030 Full church parade.Orders given for short leave-trips to Honfleur.
28 Aug - Cdo continued rest period.
29 Aug - Cdo continued rest period. 1500hrs, 3 men from Y tp visiting the Sallenelles strong point were unlucky enough to stand on a mine, killing 2*, and wounded one.

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