Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

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BALLARD, Alfred Hunter

RN Commando
Lieutenant Alfred Ballard, RNBC 'A', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy June 1944 [1][2].
  • 22 December 1944 awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, determination and devotion to duty in the assault and capture of the Island of Walcheren the previous month [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36794, page 5215.

BIBBY, Desmond Terence

RN Commando
Lieutenant Desmond Bibby, RNBC 'C', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for coolness, courage and efficiency as Beachmaster in a sector of the beach in the raid on Dieppe 19 August, 1942. As the advance of the troops was held up his sector was throughout the operation under conitinuous fire. When four out of the only five landing craft loaded for the withdrawal were sunk, Lieutenant Bibby's conduct in getting the troops back to shore under heavy fire was outstanding.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37299, page 4954.

COPPOCK, Robin Leslie

RN Commando

Sub-Lieutenant Robin Coppock, RNBC 'C', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallant and distinguished services and untiring devotion to duty in operations which led to the capture of Sicily by Allied forces.

Sources
London Gazette 36295, page 5540.
Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

HAW, Reginald

45RM Commando
Reverend Reginald Haw, B.A., Temporary Chaplain R.N.V.R., was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, steadfastness and inspiring devotion to duty whilst serving with 45 Royal Marine Commando during the liberation of Holland [1].
He also served with 47RM Commando [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37148, page 3329.
[2] Navy Lists (see linked content below).
 

HELLINGS, Peter William Craddock

40RM Commando
On the 6th September 1940 it was announced that Lieutenant Peter Hellings RM had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for courage and devotion to duty during the withdrawals from Boulogne and Calais [1]
  • 1943 (Acting Major)(40RM Commando) awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli [2]
  • 12th February 1946 (Captain)(Acting Lieutenant Colonel) received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [3].

KENT, Douglas Thomas

RN Commando
Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Kent, RNBC 'C', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallant and distinguished service in the successful Combined Operations on the enemy-occupied coast in the Boulogne Area [1][2].
  • December 1943 (COPP 5) (Sicily) awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Cross for great bravery and enterprise [3][4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 35622, page 2984.
[2] Beachhead Assault: The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II, author David Lee.

MILLS, Keith Paul

Captain Keith Mills DSC RM
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Lieutenant Keith Mills was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for operations in the South Atlantic during the defence of South Georgia.
Citation
Lieutenant Mills was the Commanding Officer of a 22- man Royal Marines contingent despatched to South Georgia on 31st March 1982 to monitor the activities of a group of Argentines illegally landed on the island and to protect a British Antarctic Survey Team based there.

NICHOLL, Hugh Rowley Mount

RN Commando
Commander Hugh Nicholl served with 'G' Beach Commando [1][6][7]
  • 20 January 1941 (Acting Commander) appointed Distinguished Service Order for coolness, skill and devotion to duty while serving in the Mediterranean [2].
  • June 1942  (Acting Commander) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [3].

SANKEY, Robert Woodall

Lieutenant Colonel Sankey RM
40RM Commando
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sankey was appointed Officer Commanding 40 Royal Marine Commando on the 1st July 1944 after the death in June of Lieutenant Colonel  James C. Manners, DSO [more....] [1].
  • 1943 Commanding Officer 11th RM Bn. [2].
  • July 1943 (Temporary Captain) (Acting Temporary Major) received a Mention in Despatches for good service in operations in the Middle East [3].

SCOTT-WILSON, James Alfred

RN Commando
Lieutenant Commander James Alfred Scott-Wilson D.S.C., RNBC 'F', was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallant and distinguished service and untiring devotion to duty in operations which led to the capture of Sicily by Allied forces [1][3].
  • 1944 (RNBC 'A' ) awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Cross for distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy, which led to the capture of the island of Elba [2][3].
Sources

WALLIS, John Charles

Reverend John Charles Wallis RNVR
41RM Commando
Reverend John Charles Wallis, BA, attached to 41RM Commando, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for great courage and fortitude in tending the wounded and bringing in casualties during the operations at Salerno, Italy September 1943.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36537, page 2497 and errata in LG 36551, page 2705.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993.

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