BROWN, Robert Hall
Honours & Awards:
Sunday, April 20, 1952
Lance Sergeant Robert Brown, No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field .
He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured. He was eventually imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf .
"Brown was embarked in HM Submarine Triumph for a commando raid against the main Messina - Palermo railway. Triumph first attacked the Italian battle fleet North of Messina, torpeding the cruiser Bolzano; this was immediately followed by heavy and accurate depth charge counter attack.
The submarine withdrew to carry out the Commando raid, but on approaching the shore, encountered a fishing vessel in mist and sank it, having again to withdraw as the gunfire had compromised the position.
The next evening, 29th August 1941, Triumph approached and launched the raiding party in canoes. At 0320 / 30th August, one and a half spans of the bridge were successfully demolished, but the Commando party could not be re-embarked and were taken prisoner.
Brown showed great courage, determination and resource throughout this eventful and disturbing submarine passage, and throughout the successful raid" .
The source at  above shows unit as 1 S.S. Battalion. Post war Robert Hall Brown was a member of the Commando Association. His death was reported in Commando Association newsletter 16. His unit shown as No. 2 Commando.
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