'Special Service Roll of Honour'

The Fallen from Independent Coys. and Special Service Group.
 

No. 1 Independent Company

 

No. 2 Independent Company

 

No. 3 Independent Company

 

No. 4 Independent Company

 

No. 5 Independent Company

 

Special Service Battalions

 
Special Service/Commando Brigade H.Q., CMWTC, and Bde. Signals
 

Holding Operational Commando

 

1 Special Service/Commando Brigade 

 

2 Special Service/Commando Brigade

 

3 Special Service/Commando Brigade

 

4 Special Service/Commando Brigade

 

Service in a Commando not fully established

The following are referred to as "Commando" on either the CWGC databse, or on some other document we have discovered,  but to date we have no specific official detail of their commando service. If you have such information please contact us. [go to contact form]
 

Deaths at Commando Training Centres

Service in a Commando has not been established for those soldiers listed below. 
 

                                                                         

Notes: Prior to the establishment of the Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC),  from 1940 training was done on a Unit basis. Some later attended the CBTC for further training already confirmed as Commandos.  In 1943 some RM Battalions were simply redesignated as RM Commando units prior to their Commando training. Therefore a few who died in training at Achnacarry are shown on their Unit ROH. Additionally units other than Commandos trained at Achnacarry on occasions, so their names will be on their Regimental ROH.  If not listed here check the Roll of Honour [View] and Archive links below.

 

We will Remember them

and all ranks who served in the Special Service Brigades, and have since passed on in the passage of time, who are also remembered by their proud families and comrades.
 

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 77 of 77

AINSLEY, Ernest

No 5 Independent Company
8th Bn Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Ernest Ainsley, No. 5 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

ASHLEY, Pierce

Training Centres
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Pierce Ashley died at the Military Hospital, Onich, of multiple gunshot wounds. 
 

BAILEY, Arthur Charles

1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Artillery
Died in the UK

Gunner Arthur Bailey was found dead on Westhampnett Lane Chichester, a road leading to Goodwood.  Ambulance men at the scene found that he had fractured his skull and it was later ascertained that he had fallen from a lorry in which he was a passenger.

BUTLER, George Albert

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Died on war service

Marine George Butler, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ,  died at the General Military Hospital, Barming Heath nr. Maidstone from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

CAPES, Robert Edward

Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
2nd Bn Herefordshire Regiment King's Shropshire L.I.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert Capes, No. 2 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

CASSEY, Norman Walter

Grave of LCpl Cassey Commando Brigade Sigs.
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Norman Cassey, 1 Special Service Bde. Signals, died during operations at Le Plein Normandy when the HQ was heavily shelled and mortared.
 
Sources
CWGC.
War Diary 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [more...].
 

CASSON, Robert

Mne Robert Casson 45RMCommando
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Casson, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. He was shot as his Landing Craft approached Juno beach.
 

COOK, Herbert

Training Centres
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Rifleman Herbert Cook, aged 18, died at the Commando Basic Training Centre.  His death is recorded as by '"shell round (mortar) of head while on service training."  He was "seen after death by Capt. J.H.

COWIESON, Alex, G.

No 1 Independent Company
6th Bn Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Alex Cowieson, No. 1 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

CROUCH, Alfred John

SBS
Special Air Service and Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Trooper Alfred Crouch, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

DAVIES, Norman

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Norman Davies died during operations in Germany.
 
Notes
At the time of his death his Bde. were engaged in operations near Wesel.
 

DREW, Norman

Training Centres
Scots Guards 4th Bn.
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Norman Drew was found dead on 27 October 1942 in the River Arkaig,  Achnacarry, 100 yards South of the Iron Bridge. He had been reported missing on 4 October 1942.

GODSELL, Ernest

No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 7th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Ernest Godsell, No. 2 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

HARE, Owen Stewart

Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Second Lieutenant Owen Hare, 1st Special Service Bn., was killed during training at STC Lochailort. His death is recorded as "mountaineering accident " with the informant being Padre Basil Pitt, Army Chaplain. 

HAYDON, Alan Albert

Training Centres
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Alan Haydon died by accidental drowning whilst at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry. He had been posted from 34th Signal Training Regiment, RA, to the Commando Depot on 8 November 1941.
Also recorded as dying by drowning on this date  were Private Patrick McCarthy, Fusilier James Scullion, and Corporal Frederick Turner [see Linked Content below].

HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo

Lt Henderson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Henderson MC, 2 Special Service Brigade, died during operations in Italy [1].
 
On the 8th May 1940 he transferred from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry to the Royal Engineers retaining his seniority as 2/Lieutenant. [2]
 

HOCTEL, Lamont Durward

Training Centres
US Rangers 1st Bn.
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Lamont Hoctel, 1st US Rangers, Company 'E',  drowned whilst training at Achnacarry. The date of his death is during the period that the US 1st Ranger Bn., led by Colonel W. Darby attended the Commando Basic Training Centre for their training. His death is noted in their War Diary as "drowned during stream crossing exercise.".
 

HUGHES, John

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine John Hughes, HQ 4 Special Service Bde., died during operations at Walcheren.

HUGHES, Stanley Raymond

SBS
Special Air Service and 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Stanley Hughes M.M., Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.
 
Sources

HUGHES, William Nichol

Training Centres
Scots Guards
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Guardsman William Hughes was found dead at 3pm on 27 October 1942 in Loch Lochy at Bunarkaig, 25 yards West of the boathouse. He had been reported missing on 4 October 1942. His death is recorded as by drowning and he was seen after death by Capt. J.E. Symondson, the Medical Officer at the Commando Depot, and the informant was an officer from the Commando Depot, Achnacarry. 

JOHNSON, Herbert

Commando Basic Training Centre
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lieutenant Herbert Johnson died of illness at the Military Hospital, Buchanan, Stirling at 3.45 am on the 17th March 1944. The Register of Deaths records the cause of death as "chronic interstitial nephritis".  His profession is shown as "(Detective Sergeant, Police Force) Lieutenant KOY Light Infantry (att. Commandos)". 

LEES, Archibald

Training Centres
General Service Corps
Died on war service

Private Archibald Lees drowned in Loch Lochy during training.  He was seen after death by Capt.  J.E. Symondson RAMC, Medical Officer at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry.

LEWIS, Francis

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Special Service/Commando Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. 
 
Notes

LYONS, Frank

Training Centres
Royal Marines
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Marine Frank Lyons died of gunshot wounds and shock at The Military Hospital, Onich, near Fort William, believed to be located at the time in the grounds of Alltshellach House. His death occurred during an operation to treat the wounds to his left leg and right foot. 
 

MARTIN, Robert George

Private Robert Martin 4 Independent Company
No 4 Independent Company
2nd Bn Liverpool Scottish QOCH
Died on active service
Private Robert Martin, No. 4 Independent Company, was accidentally shot and killed returning from the British Expedition to Norway. His Company were part of Scissors Force. 

MASON, James

Motherwell Times 2July1943 re CQMS Mason
Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. 52nd Regt.
Died on active service

Company Quartermaster Sergeant James Mason contracted a fatal illness whilst engaged in East Africa as a Physical Training Instructor for the indigenous troops there. His secondary unit is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commissi

MATSON, Alexander

No 1 Independent Company
1st Bn Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Alexander Matson, No. 1 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

MCLEAN, George

Training Centres
Seaforth Highlanders
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal George McClean was killed in an explosion at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry, Spean Bridge.  
 

MOORES, William

No 1 Independent Company
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sapper William Moores, No. 1 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

O'NEILL, Robert

No 1 Independent Company
1st Bn Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert O'Neill, No. 1 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

PIRIE, James

Special Service Brigade
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain James Pirie, Royal Engineers, was attached to 2 Special Service Brigade at the time of his death.
 
Notes
During this period the Brigade were involved in operations against the German garrison on the Island of Brac.
 

PORTER, Alexander

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Alexander Porter, HQ 4 Special Service Brigade, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/135.

PRITCHARD, William Henry

Captain William Pritchard RE
Special Service Brigade
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain William Pritchard M.C. died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457 [1][2].

RICHARDSON, Sydney

4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Sydney Richardson died during operations at Flushing whilst attached to HQ 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
 

ROBERTS, Edward

SBS
Special Air Service & Hampshire Regiment 5th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward Roberts, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

SMITH, Andrew Henry

Training Centres
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Captain Andrew Smith, formerly a civil engineer,  died of a gunshot wound at STC Lochailort. The informant on the Register of Deaths was Major Hodges, Medical Officer STC Lochailort.

STOCKBRIDGE, William

Training Centres
Rifle Brigade
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Rifleman William Stockbridge, aged 18, died at the Commando Basic Training Centre. His death is recorded  as being by "shell wound (mortar) of head and chest while on service training."  He was seen after death by Capt.

SUMMERHAYES, Arthur James

1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Arthur Summerhayes, 1 Commando Brigade HQ, died at the 22nd British Field Dressing Station, Germany. At the time of his death 1 Commando Brigade were engaged in operations at the River Aller near Issel. 

TARRANT, George Francis

Hampshire Regiment
Died in the UK

Private George Tarrant died in the UK.  His status at the Holding Operational Commando is not known. He is buried in a joint grave with Rfn. George William Tucker, aged 31, Royal Ulster Rifles.

[Source: CWGC Grave Registration report]

THOMAS, Lewis

No 2 Independent Company
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sapper Lewis Thomas, No. 2 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

WAKEFIELD, Edward Roger

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
General List
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Edward Wakefield was killed whilst attached to 2 Special Service Brigade during an operation involving Nos. 40 and 43RM Commando and Partisan forces, against German forces on the island of Brac.
 
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in 1945. 
 
Sources
CWGC

WELCH, Frederick Edward

Training Centres
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Frederick Welch died at the Military Hospital, Onich, of multiple gunshot wounds. His occupation is shown as Policeman on the Death Register.

In 1939 he was Metroplitan Police Constable 262G and based or residing at The Metropolitan Police Convalescant Depot, Chigwell Hall, High Rd., Chigwell.


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