12 Commando

History of the Unit

12 Commando

No 12 Army Commando - The ‘Irish’ Commando.

Volunteers for No 12 Commando gathered in Belfast and Londonderry and marched the 67 miles to Crumlin where the unit was formed on 5th August 1940 under C.O. Lt. Col S.S. Harrison MC &bar (nickname Peachy).

Drawn from Irish Regiments, and from the 53rd and 61st Divisions who were stationed in Northern ireland at the time, initial training was carried out in various locations including a dummy raid on Aldergrove Airport. From their billets in Crumlin, Co Antrim, early in 1941 the Commando moved to Warsash on the Hamble River but were there only a short time before moving to Inveraray in April for amphibious training. No 12 Commando remained outside the Special Service Brigade system and operated mostly under the original Commando idea of small raiding parties and sabotage groups.

Elements from No 12 Commando took part in many of the early raids, a list of which can be found HERE.

On 27th/28th February 1942 men from No 12 provided a recovery party for the Airborne Bruneval raid. Bringing men prisoners and radar safely back home. No 12’s first action against the enemy was on 26th December 1941 ‘Anklet’ in the Lofoten Islands. An earlier planned raid by No 12 ‘Chess’ on 27th July that year had been aborted.The Commando later provided a detachment of 3 Officers & 13 OR's for ‘Chariot’ the raid on St.Nazaire.

After this raid No12 became split into two ,one half operating against the Norwegian Coast ,‘Northforce’ ,the remainder operating against the French coast in the Forfar operations. Men from No 12 also operated with the Small Scale Raiding Force (S.S.R.F.) and with the covert No.62 Commando. The raid on Sark ‘Basalt’ on 3rd/4th October 1942 the work of S.S.R.F. and No 12 personnel resulted in the infamous ‘Commando Order’ from Hitler that all captured Commandos were to be shot without exception.

As the Commando role changed from small raiding to shock infantry No 12’s part in Commando operation drew to a close. In the Autumn of 1943 the unit was formerly disbanded and its highly trained men were posted to other Commando units, mainly No 1, No 5, and No 6 Commandos, where they were to serve and fight in all major areas of operations.


nb. The link below will take you specifically to the No 12 Commando Photo Gallery. It is well worth checking the galleries of Nos 1, 5, and 6 as well for the reasons mentioned in the last paragraph above.

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12 Cdo. Roll of Honour

 

Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commando Veterans Association

 
click on any name for more information
 
The Fallen from 12 Commando
Lieut. R.D. O'SULLIVAN
Lieut. R.E.C. PRICE
Sgt. V.J. COX
Cpl. A.H. BLOUNT
Cpl. S.E. CHETWYND
Cpl. H.H. JONES
Cpl. F.W.M. TURNER
LCpl. E.C. BOWLES
Pte. D.H. HILL
Pte. D.W. JENKINS
Pte. J.W. STEVENS
Gnr. S. DEXTER
Fus. A.P. CROFT

We will Remember them

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

12 Commando Nominal Roll

In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units.

For historical & research purposes, we have tried to compile the names of all No.12 Commando volunteers which were obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Lists of Casualties, the No.12 Commando War Diary, papers from the National Archives and further research by members of the CVA and various other resources. In preparing this list, we acknowledge that it is very likely there are omissions, Therefore, this is not a definitive list by any means, nor is it meant to be an official list, but it is the best we can do in an attempt to record all ranks by name who were part of No.12 Commando.  Research continues

The No 12 Commando Nominal Roll is listed below in surname order

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Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 12 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of Army Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
S/N
AWARD
REGIMENT
Allum Frank Edmund Gnr 914187   R. Artillery
Amos Cyril J. Sgt      
Arnott F D CSM      
Aslin Thomas William        
Atkins Dennis        
Ayres R B SQMS   BEM  
Bacon Albert 'Rasher' Pte      
Baikie D A Lt      
Barker Alfred Alf CSM      
Barlow F        
Barney Christopher Chris Capt      
Barnsley B Lcpl      
Barry J F Sgt   MBE  
Barry R        
Baseley Arthur Pte 6215921   Middlesex Regt
Bassett-Wilson Paul Francis Lt     R Inniskilling Fus
Bastin Joe Cpl      
Beasant J S L/Bdr      
Beckett David Pte      
Bent William Lcpl      
Bird Dicky        
Birkett   Pte 3460731   Lancs Fusiliers
Blanch Cecil Capt      
Blount Arthur Harvey Cpl      
Boccador P S Cpl      
Boddy Victor Howard Gnr     R Artillery
Bolden Stanley L/Cpl   MM HLI/6Cdo/kia 2SAS
Bolton H Gnr      
Boothby C A L/Cpl      
Bostock R        
Bowles E C L/Cpl      
Bowman Thomas Horne 'Tom' Lt      
Boyes R Pte      
Brailsford Richard Dick Cpl      
Braithwaite Harold Sgt      
Breakspeare John Pte      
Brett Gerard Lt   MC  
Brierley Herbert Sgt      
Brodison Samuel James CSM   MM, MID  
Brown   Sgt      
Burns   Cpl      
Byjorklund K Cpl      
Callaway Thomas 'Cab' Cpl 5499065   Hampshire Regt
Campbell James TSM      
Chamberlain Royce        
Chambers J Fus      
Chetwynd Samuel Earnest Cpl      
Chung Ronald Ron Cpl 1889265   R Engineers
Churcher          
Clanahan William Lcpl      
Clapton John Francis Lt 258657   Cameronian
Clayton J Pte      
Clemmitt A Pte      
Clough J Pte      
Coady W J Pte      
Cobham William Lcpl     Royal Irish Fusiliers
Coleman D Rfn   MID  
Colley S A Pte     also served in 6 Cdo
Collins Michael Vincent 'Mick' Rfn     KRRC
Connor   Lcpl      
Corfield Harry Lcpl      
Cornall L Gnr     R Artillery
Corney Philip        
Cotter Percy Lcpl      
Cotton Minchin Douglas James Maurice Lt 77634   Cameronian
Cox Jack Arthur L/Cpl      
Cox Victor John 'Jack' Sgt      
Crabtree J        
Croft Arthur Probert Fus      
Crooks Roy Joseph Sgt 776642   N Somerset Yeomanary
Crowley Joseph Patrick Cpl 3710217   KORR/SSRF/6Cdo/2SAS executed
Cruden Peter Capt      
Curtis Harry Alexander Bdr     R Artillery

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Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 12 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of Army Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
S/N
AWARD
REGIMENT
Daly Thomas LSgt      
Darlington Kenneth C Pte   MM  
Davies Ron        
Davis David Cpl      
Davis William Henry Pte 5153583   Glos Regt
Deed Albert Victor 'Bert' Cpl      
Deeds J        
Deery M J Stewart Sgt   MM  
Dexter Stanley Gnr      
Divers Victor Harry Pte      
Doughty G Fus      
Doyle Thomas Pte      
Drew F T Pte      
Dubois Abraham Pte      
Dunkley T K L/Cpl      
Eager William Fus      
Eccles J F Pte      
Eggleton E        
Ellis E A Cpl      
Ellis Frank Fus      
Errington E F Sgt      
Evans Sidney Sgt      
Evans Thomas Allan Cpl      
Evans Thomas Emlyn Pte      
Ferguson W J F Cpl 7903097   N Irish Horse
Flint James 'Jimmy' L/Cpl      
Flucker Magnus J S PO Eng     RN Attch 12cdo
Forge A C B. 'Tim' Maj      
Forster Eric John Sgt 895274   R Artillery
Forsyth J W Fus      
Forward W A Pte      
Fowler Flash        
Fowler Richard        
Frazer James Jim Major      
Frost G A F Cpl      
Fulton James Ernest Lcpl      
Fynn Francis West 'Ted' Major 109827   Gordon Highlanders
Gallaway T Cpl 3499065   Hampshire Regt
Gamble John Tojo TSM      
Garritty Arthur Cpl      
Gelder John Willie Bdr     R Artillery
Goodwin E L S Gnr      
Gorfield Harry        
Gott Eric        
Goudy S L/Cpl      
Gould Thomas 'Tommy'        
Gower Ronald CSM      
Graver J W Gnr     R Artillery
Gray Reginald Arthur Pte      
Green Bryan Sgt      
Greenfield Ikey        
Griffin G Pte      
Hall Leslie James Fus      
Hallett V G H Lt     Krrc
Hamilton T C Fus      
Harper-Gow Leonard Maxwell Maj      
Harrison   Lt Col      
Hartley J E Lcpl      
Hay C        
Hay J Gnr     R Artillery
Hayes A R Sgt      
Heery C Pte      
Henriques Robert David Quixano Col      
Heraty   Cpl      
Herod Kenneth Busty Cpl 933222    
Hickman P D Pte      
Higgins J Pte      
Hill David Henry Pte 6212505   Middlesex Regt
Hill G LSgt      
Hill Geoff John Rfn     Krrc
Hodgsen D Fus      
Hodson George        
Holdaway F SSgt      
Hollingsworth D Pte      
Hollins H Lt     Manchester Regt
Hooker Fred Pte      
Horrocks G L/Bdr      
Howells Ellis A Lcpl 3910267   kia with SBS
Hoyle Robert Bob Cpl 3450633   Lancs Fusiliers
Hughes Norman Campbell Capt      
Hulme Harold Sgt      
Humphreys Joe E Sgt      
Hunt Frederick C Pte      
Huntingdon John C        

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Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 12 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of Army Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
S/N
AWARD
REGIMENT
Irvine Harold Harry Cpl      
Irwin A S Capt     Essex Regt
Jackson Robert Bob Cpl      
James   Csm      
Jefferies John Capt      
Jenkins David William Phillip Pte      
Jennings H C Pte      
Johnson James Cpl 1879375 MM Gordon Hldrs
Johnson Johny Tsm      
Jones Arthur Lcpl      
Jones Harri Harvard Cpl      
Jones J Csm      
Jones Ken Lcpl      
Jones W T Cpl      
Jonzen B G Lt     Queens Regt
Kelly J Pte      
Kennard Noel Gerard Lt 200997   Cameron Highlanders
Langford L T Sam Cpl      
Laverty J Gnr     R Artillery
Lawrence E G Sgt      
Leaphard  Clark Edmond John 'eddy' Major   MC  
Leaver John Pte      
Lee William Tsm 3451602   Lancs Fusiliers
Lee William Bill Csm      
Lee Warner J P L/Cpl      
Lee-Warner J Peter Capt      
Lemon Frederick Lcpl     N Irish Horse
Lennon E J Cpl      
Liddle William Bill Csm      
Littlejohn Ross Robertson Major 197229 MC Black Watch/6 &4 Cdo/ 2SAS/executed 
Livingstone R P Lt     R Ulster Rifles
Lodwick John Lt 244970    
London D G H Lbdr     R Artillery
Long John Henry William Jim Pte      
Looney J L/Cpl      
Lord Alfred Philip Lcpl      
Love Edward Ted Bdr     R Artillery
Lynch J Rfn      
Lynch-Staunton Anthony 'Tony' C Major      
Maccallum-Sharpe Ian D Sgt      
Mackenzie Hugh Blake Pte 2889297   Gordon Hldrs
Macpherson R T S Major      
Maginnis John Rfn 7018924   R Ulster Rifles
Majendie John Dering Capt 95253   Somerset L I
Maloney D Pte      
Manns H L/Sgt      
Martin-Smith Patrick G B Capt      
Matson K Lcpl      
Maxwell P Pte      
McCreevy   Lcpl      
McDougall T Pte      
McGinty   Sgt      
McGonigal Ambrose Joseph Capt 113419   R Ulster Rifles
McKenzie Jack Sgt      
McLellan   Lcpl      
McSweeney C Brendan Pte      
Mellow A Fus      
Merryweather William Bill Cpl      
Metcalfe Thomas Gibson Tsm 3601013   Border Regt
Mewett Robert Bob Pte      
Mildmay A Lt      
Molloy Joseph Cpl 7018924   R Ulster Rifles
Morgan James Sgt      
Morgan Leslie George Pte      
Morgan W H Pte      
Mountford Cecil F Qms      
Mullett Leslie Charles Bdr 1641438   R Artillery
Murphy Charles Pte      
Murphy John Pte      
Murray Douglas Russell Pte      
Myers H Pte      
Nash Douglas James Sgt 5253563   Worc Regt
Nicolle Roy Pte     Black Watch
Nisbet R M (BOB) Csm      
Noone Frederick William Pte 6103841 MM,
L de H
Hampshire
Nussey Joe Csm      
O'Sullivan Robert Deyos Lt      

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Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 12 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of Army Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
S/N
AWARD
REGIMENT
Page Alan LSgt      
Palin William Ernest CSM      
Parkington Charles Cpl      
Parnwell B A Maj      
Parr Malcolm J H Sgt     R.Artillery
Parr Mick Sgt      
Paul W Lcpl      
Payne H R Pte      
Perks C Fus      
Perry Alfred Cpl      
Pickering C Pte      
Pilkington J R Fus      
Pinckney Phillip Hugh Capt      
Preston George Sgt      
Price Randall Emerson Connop Lt      
Pullen B D Sgt      
Purdon Corran Lt/ later MajGen   CBE MC CPM  
Quill D Pte      
Radford A H Pte      
Rafferty R Sgt      
Rayner V Sgt      
Redfern James Pte      
Reeves Jumbo L/Cpl      
Richards R Pte      
Roberts Douglas L Cpl      
Roberts Edward Ted Fus      
Roberts Harry Andrews Sgt      
Roberts Ron Lcpl      
Robertson F Fus      
Robinson Joseph Henry 'Tim' Sgt 894174   Berks Yeomanry, RA
Robinson P Sgt      
Rooney Oswald Basil 'Mickey' Major      
Rosenthall W Gnr     R Artillery
Routledge George Capt      
Rudd D Lcpl      
Ryan M D Capt     R Ulster Rifles
Ryan Richard Sgt      
Ryley R H Pte      
Saunders A Lt      
Scott J C Lcpl      
Scrivenor R Fus      
Segger Peter Pte      
Shaw Joe Lt     Northumberland Fus & CMWTC/1Cdo (refCA116)
Shelley F C RQMS      
Shepherd   Pte      
Sims Edward Ted Pte      
Sinclair J Pte      
Skeels B Rfn      
Skidmore          
Smethurst Joseph William Fus      
Smith E L H Lt     SWB,Mons Regt
Smith Ian Christopher Major 108233 MC+BAR RASC
Smith Raymond Arthur Francis Capt     R Artillery
Sparks   Pte      
Spary V G W Pte      
Steadman F Pte      
Steele A H Rfn      
Stephens Sidney Lcpl      
Stevens John William Pte      
Stevens Stanley Lcpl      
Stevenson Norman Tpr      
Stewart Eric        
Stewart Samuel Rfn      
Stokes Horace L/Cpl      
Stott J        
Swadling Albert Sgt      
Swain William Bill Pte      
Sykes H Lcpl      
Symonds J E Lt     Glos Regt
Sysonby Lord Col      
Tanner   Pte      
Taylor Stanley Pte  6353613   R West Kents
Teasdale N L Pte      
Terris Paul        
Thompson K Pte      
Thomson John Nk      
Thursby Oliver Albert Pte      
Tough Alexander Sandy Sgt      
Towse Alf Jock LSgt      
Trowman N F Pte      
Turner Frederick William Morgan Cpl      
Turner Leslie Pte      
Underhill Ernest Douglas Pte      
Vickers K H Cpl      
Vincent Kenneth Pte      
Waggett Kenneth Frederick Harvey Lt 189492   Middlesex Regt
Wakefield Ray Pte      
Waldie R G Lt     KOSB
Wales Harold Holland Tpr      
Wall A Tpr      
Wallace Hector Sgt      
Ware Henry Arnold Sgt      
Wartnaby C R Pte      
Watson H A Gnr     R Artillery
Webb Joe        
Wedderburn E A M Lt Col     R Scots
Welling Clifford Pte      
Westmore F N Pte      
Wheeler Edward Ted Cpl      
Whittingham L Gdsm     Guards (later  1 Cdo)
Wiggins Patrick Pte      
Wight Knocker Sgt      
Willcox Harry Pte      
Williams Frank Tpr      
Williams John Henry Cpl      
Williamson W T Lcpl      
Wilmerst   Lcpl      
Wilson Alexander Pte      
Wilson D        
Wilton Max R Sgt      
Winch Harry        
Wood G G 'Timber' Gdm      
Wood H Sgt      
Woodward John Sgt      
Woollard George Pte      
Worthington Paddy        
Wren Stan Nk      
Wright Richard 'Dicky' L/Cpl      
Young Robert 'Rob' Carruthers Tpr     later 1 Cdo

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12 Commando Operations

These are some of the operations that No 12 Commando took part in, either on their own, or as part of a Combined Operations assault.  In many cases only a handful of Commandos from No 12 took part rather than the Commando as a whole. They are in date order and form part of our overall history of No 12 Commando.

Click on the links for more detail about each.

Operation Chess - France, July 1941

Operation Kitbag - Norway, November 1941(aborted)

Operation Anklet - Norway, November 1941

Operation Chariot - France, March 1942

Operation Foxrock - France, May 1942 (aborted)

Operation Aflame - France, October 1942

Operation Basalt - Sark, October 1942 with SSRF

Operation Farenheit - Brittany, November 1942 with SSRF

Operation Batman - France, November 1942 with SSRF

Operation Cartoon - Norway, January 1943

Operation Roundabout - Norway, March 1943

Operation Carey - Norway, April 1943

Operation Checkmate - Norway, April 1943

Forfar Operations - France, August/September 1943

Operation Hardtack (Dog) - France November 1943 with SSRF

12 Commando, Misc. Documents

12 Commando, Redesignation of 4 (Para) Troop,1943

Type: Letters
Author: Chris Rooney
Year of Publishing: 2014
Keywords: Rooney, Lovat,

A letter to Captain Oswald B (Mickey) Rooney of 4 (Para) Troop, No12 Commando from Lord Lovat, HQ Special Service Brigade, on the reallocation of No12 Cdo.Lovat has added a footnote to Mickey Rooney

OC No 9 'is short of a good subaltern who can be added to the 27 other ranks. Please contact him.

Document courtesy of Capt Rooney's son, Chris Rooney

12 Commando, Letter From Lord Mountbatten

Type: Official Letters
Author: John Mewett
Year of Publishing: 2015
Keywords: Mountbatten Harrison 12 Commando E Troop

Letter sent from Lord Mountbatten to Lt Col Harrison after a visit to No 12 Commando .....troop mentioned is E Troop commanded by Lt Pinckney.

HUNTINGTON, John, Memories of No 12 and No 1 Commando

Type: Personal Papers
Author: John Mewett
Year of Publishing: 2015
Keywords: Memories of Sgt John Huntington 'E' Troop No 12 Commando and 3 Troop No 1 Commando

Sgt John Huntington was in E Troop No 12 Commando and 3 Troop No 1 Commando.

This document is Johns memories as detailed in letter form over the course of 5 years to John Mewett. Unfortunately before the project was complete JH died but what was related makes for a very interesting first hand account of life in a commando unit.