Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy

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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 and took part in the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on board ML443 and was evacuated back to the UK [3].
  • 4 September 1943 posted from No.12 Commando to No. 9 Commando [4].

DEAKER, George James

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)


Cyril Laskey 43 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

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.


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
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
Private Robert Urquhart, 5 troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
He had previously been wounded during No.9 Commando operations at Anzio (Operation X as below) .  After initial treatment in Italy he was evacuated to the UK to convalesce.
He returned to 5 troop in Italy on the 20th March 1945, one year to the day after his wounding. He was killed in action 13 days later at Lake Comacchio.
His brother Donald Urquhart.

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