Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy

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Paul Bassett-Wilson MC
No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC died during operations with No.9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1].
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College [2], he had earlier served as a Lieutenant in No.12 Commando. 
  • 27/28 March 1942 (Lieutenant) (No.12 Commando) embarked on Motor Launch ML443 as part of the raiding force for Operation Chariot at St Nazaire.  He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.[3].
  • 4 September 1943 posted from No.12 Commando to No. 9 Commando [4].


43RM Commando

Marine John Campbell died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

Registers Of Reports Of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/128.

DEAKER, George James

No 2 Commando
Lance Bombardier George Deaker, 5 troop,died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
George Deaker joined No 2 Commando during the period in Italy when they sought replacements from those serving in units in North Africa. George volunteered from the Royal Artillery. His Commando training after selection would have taken place in Italy. (Source: Eric Buckmaster 2 Cdo.5tp)

FINCH, Ernest Edward

40RM Commando

Sergeant Ernest Finch died during operations in Italy.

[1] CWGC.
[2] Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
[3] Registers of Births England Oct/Nov/Dec.1925.

Year of birth confirmed as 1925 by source [3].


Cyril Laskey 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Corporal Cyril Laskey, 'A' Troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.
'A' Troop image in Gallery.
Image: Christine Partington.

NEVILLE, William John

No 2 Commando

Rifleman William Neville died in Italy. In the personal diary of Len Justice No. 2 Commando he writes on the date of the 28th March 1945 "One lad from 2 Commando was drowned today. Accident. A new fellow ? "  William Neville was the only death recorded in No 2 Commando on the 27th/28th March 1945.


No 2 Commando
Driver Robert Scholem died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
Driver Robert Scholem also took part in earlier operations on Solta. Reference is made to him being from Germany although his parents are shown on the CWGC database as living in Belgium. Follow this link to our No 2 Commando History section.
Surname seen spelt on an image in the No 2 Cdo. gallery as Sholom.

SMITH, Roy Montague

Cpl. Roy M. Smith 43RM Commando
43RM Commando
Corporal Roy Smith, 'A' troop, died in the blast from two enemy 88mm shells whilst leading his section during operations at Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.
Roy Smith left school at about 14 and served an apprenticeship as a market gardener before joining the Royal Marines and the Commandos in 1943. Read some of his letters provided by his nephew in our gallery entry here Cpl. Roy Montague Smith.

URQUHART, Robert Rose

Pte Robert Urquhart 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Private Robert Urquhart, 5 troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1][3][4].
  • 3 March 1944 wounded during operations at Anzio [2][5] [see Linked Content below].
  • Evacuated as casualty to the UK [4][5]
  • 20 March 1945 rejoined 5 troop in Italy [4][5].
  • 2 April 1945 killed in action at Lake Comacchio [3][4].
[1] CWGC.

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