Private Robert Thomson, 2 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board ML 262 during the St Nazaire Raid . He received a MiD for his gallant and distinguished services in action against the enemy during the raid .
Initially reported as missing in action  he was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner of war. Formerly a farm worker in Essex, Robert Thomson joined the Essex Territorials before the war.
His brother Private Eric Thomson [view] served in No 6 Commando and was killed in action in 1945.Sources  St Nazaire Society website.  London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3494.  Casualty List 801 The Essex Regt.  + Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd./ Dundee Courier - Thursday 07 May 1942.  British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.