BOLDEN, Stanley

Known as: 
Sammy
Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
3316568
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, March 27, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Stanley Bolden 12 Commando
Lance Corporal Stanley Bolden, No.12 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1][2].
He was later killed in action serving as a Corporal with the 2nd SAS Regiment during an attack on the German 51 Mountain Corps HQ at Albinea Italy [3][4].
Recommendation
Operation Cartoon.
"L/Cpl. Bolden was with the detachment of the Special Service Brigade which landed at Sagvaag, Norway on the night 23rd/24th January, 1943.
Before the actual landing took place, L/Cpl. Bolden was wounded in the side, but although in pain, he continued and carried out his duties ably and well.
He personally led a party which cut the communications and was later in charge of a road block party on the Sagvaag-Fitjar Road.
Throughout the operation he showed that good leadership and determination upon which a small raid of this nature depends for its success" [2].
Service
October 943 transferred to No.6 Commando [4].
March 1944 left the Commandos posted to No.9 Infantry Training Centre [4].
24 May 1944 volunteered to be a parachutist and was posted to the Airborne Forces Depot for training [4].  
7 August 1944 volunteered for  2nd S.A.S. [4]
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 35952, page 1405; errata LG 35987, page 1848.
[2] National Archives file WO373/93/83.
[3] CWGC.
[4] The SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941-47.
[Image] 12 Commando Troop photo in gallery.
 

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