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'Operation Chariot'

Location

St Nazaire, France
France
47° 16' 29.712" N, 2° 11' 57.264" W
Saturday, March 28, 1942
MGB 314

 

St Nazaire, France

A Combined Operations raid on the dry dock at St Nazaire led by No.2 Commando who were supported by small detachments from Nos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 12 Commandos. Transported on board HMS Campbeltown which, packed with hidden explosives, rammed the dock gates, and a fleet of 18 smaller vessels, the Commandos stormed ashore and succeeded in demolishing much of the infrastructure of the dock operating mechanism. The explosives on HMS Campbetown later detonated causing severe damage to the dock and its gates.

ALDRED, Jack

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Jack Aldred, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent emabarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1].
His final rank attained was Sergeant and post war he lived in Bolton [2].
 
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[2] Commando Association newsletter 65 issued Sept. 1977.
 

AMOS, Richard Henry

Richard Henry Amos 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Richard Amos (1 Troop) was one of the Commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire.
Evacuated back to the UK he remained with No.2 Commando and by the end of the war held the rank of Sergeant. Wounded 1944.

The death of Sergeant Richard Henry Amos (2 Cdo) of Dalmellington, Ayr, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 92 issued March 1991.

ANDERTON, Harold

No 2 Commando

Guardsman Harold Anderton (1 Troop) was one of the Commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was wounded and evacuated back to the UK*. He remained with No.2 Commando. 

ASHCROFT, Arthur

Arthur Ashcroft
Arthur Ashcroft 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Arthur Ashcroft, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot , the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner war after the raid, he was later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 25 April 1940 posted to 'X' Company 1st Liverpool Scottish.
  • Volunteered  for the Independent Companies.
  • Attached to No 4 (Liverpool Scottish) Platoon of No 4 Independent Company based at the time in Paignton.
  • February 1941 joined No 2 Commando 5 troop on its formation.

ASPDEN, Jack

No 9 Commando
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 267 for the raid at St. Nazaire. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed [1a]. Jack Aspden was taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2].
  • 21 September 1946 commissioned Second Lieutenant with the Loyal Regiment [3].

BARLING, Gilbert Michael

Captain Barling RAMC and 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Captain Gilbert Michael Barling M.B., R.A.M.C. was attached to No.2 Commando HQ on 2 August 1941.  In March 1942 he embarked on board motor launch ML 341 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire but en route transferred to ML 446. After the raid he was evacuated back to the UK treating some of the wounded.
 
Sources
No.2 Cdo. War Diary August 1941.
London Gazette 34977, page 6178.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 69 issued Sept. 1979.

BARRON, Robert James

Robert Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Robbie Barron 2 Commando and SOE
No 2 Commando
Sergeant Robert Barron, 1 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who participated in the St. Nazaire raid on ML 446. Evacuated back to the UK [1]
 
General Service [3].
  • May 1935 T.A. 1st Bn. London Scottish.
  • Sept. 1939 embodied 1st Bn. London Scottish.
  • April 1940 posted No.5 Independent Company.
  • May-June 1940 posted N.W.E.F. 
  • Nov. 1940 - March 1941 - No. 1 S.S. Battalion.
  • March 1941 to Oct. 1942 - No. 2 Commando.

BASSETT-WILSON, Paul Francis

No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC died during operations with No.9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1].
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College [2], he had earlier served as a Lieutenant in No 12 Commando and took part in the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on board ML 443 and was evacuated back to the UK [3].
  • 4 September 1943 posted from No.12 Commando to No. 9 Commando [4].

BAYLISS, Leonard, F.

Len Bayliss 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Len Bayliss, 3 Troop, was in Lt. John Roderick's Assault Party on HMS Campbeltown during the raid on St Nazaire. He was wounded during the raid and became a prisoner of war. Initially imprisoned at a temporary camp near Rennes, before being transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

BEARDSELL, John Clifford

No 2 Commando
Corporal John Beardsell, 3 Troop, embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. During the raid he was wounded by enemy fire whilst still on board. He was transferred to a motor launch and evacuated back to the UK.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945 / National Archives file WO417/41.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author James Dorrian.
 

BELL, William White

No 2 Commando
Acting Lance Corporal William Bell, 6 Troop, embarked on board motor launch ML 192 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1]
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2][3].
 
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[2] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
[3] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
 

BELLRINGER, Roy

No 2 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Lance Sergeant Roy Bellringer served with 1 troop and took part in the raid at St Nazaire.  He was on board ML 446 and was evacuated back to the UK. In July 1942 he was part of the No 2 Commando Boxing Team. We have numerous photos in the gallery of him both before and after St Nazaire, and in an image of the boxing team.
 

BIRNEY, David Leslie

No 2 Commando
Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He was commanding an assault group that had embarked on Motor Launch ML 447. 
  • Born in India, David Birney later attended Trinity College graduating with a BA in 1938.
Sources
CWGC
St Nazaire Society website.
Trinity College Chapel records.
 
Notes

BISHOP, Ivor, W.

Ivor Bishop 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Ivor Bishop, 1 Troop,  was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK he became TSM of 6 Troop, and later RSM of the Commando*.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
CVA Gallery entry.
Commando Association newsletter 32.
*No.2 Commando 1945 panorama image in gallery.

BISHOP, R.C.

No 1 Commando
Private R.C. Bishop was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

BLYTHE, William

Bill Blythe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal William Blythe, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

BONVIN, John Alexander

No 6 Commando
Lieutenant John Bonvin died in the opening hours of the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia. On 28 March 1942 he took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire as a section officer of a demolitions team on board motor launch ML443. He was evacuated back to the UK as his ML was unable to land the Commandos on board.
 
John Bonvin was a Swiss national entitled to British citizenship having been born in London to Swiss parents. At the outbreak of war he renounced his Swiss citizenship and travelled to Britain to enlist.
 

BRADLEY, E.W. 'Bill'

No 3 Commando
Temprary Captain E.W. 'Bill' Bradley received a Mention in Despatches during operations at Vaagso in December 1941 [1].
  • 28 March 1942 particpated in Operation Chariot embarking for the raid on motor launch ML307 [2]. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [3].
  • 25 August 1951 (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) promoted Major [4].
  • 3 June 1963 retires from military service [5].
Sources

BRADLEY, Richard

LSgt Richard Bradley MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Richard Bradley, 1 troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being wounded and captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent on board motor launch ML 457.
 

BRETT, Gerrard

No 12 Commando
Lieutenant Gerrard Brett was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 27/28 March 1942. He embarked on board HMS Campbeltown [2], was taken prisoner after the raid and sent to Stalag 3D Berlin-Steglitz [3].
  • 7 November 1953 relinquished commission and granted honorary rank of Captain [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37162, page 3493.

BRIGHT, Gerald, K.

No 5 Commando
Lance Sergeant Gerald Bright embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
St Nazaire Society website.

 

BROWN, James

No 5 Commando
Private James Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown.
 

BROWN, Louis Walter

Louis Walter (Ben) Brown 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Sergeant Louis 'Ben' Brown, 5 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board HMS Campbeltown and was wounded during the raid and taken prisoner.  He was imprisoned at Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland..
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
St Nazaire Society website.
Image: CVA Gallery.
 

BROWN, Robert, F.

No 3 Commando

Corporal Robert Brown received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1][2].  On 28 March 1942 he was part of the Commando raiding party at St Nazaire. Embarking on board motor launch ML 262 [4] he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at various camps including Oflag 64Z and Stalag V111B [3]
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BRUCE, James

No 2 Commando
Sergeant James Bruce, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on board motor launch ML446 he was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
St Nazaire Society website.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 94 issued March 1992.
 

BRYAN, Edward Joseph

Edward Bryan 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Edward Bryan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author james Dorrian.

BURGESS, Leslie

No 9 Commando

Lance Corporal Leslie Burgess died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

BURN, Michael Clive

Capt. Burn MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Captain Michael Burn, 6 troop, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 

He was in charge of the commando contingent on board motor launch ML 192. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner. He was imprisoned at Oflag 4C Saalhaus Colditz.

BURTINSHAW, Robert James Glover

No 5 Commando

Lieutenant Robert Burtinshaw died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was Officer in Charge of a Demolition Team on HMS Campbeltown. He received a posthumous Mention in despatches for his "gallant and distinguished services in action against the enemy during the raid."

Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 37162, page 3494 and 37629 page 3273 (errata).
Storming St Nazaire, author James Dorrian.

BUSHE, Patrick

Paddy Bushe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Rifleman Patrick Bushe, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/42.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
CVA Gallery images.

BUTLER, Eric

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Butler was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK. 
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
 

BUTLER, Ronald Herbert

No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Ronald Butler was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown.
 
The death of LSgt Butler MM of Rockland, All Saints, Norfolk, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 107 issued August 1998.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493 

CALLAWAY, Thomas, F.

Thomas Callaway12 Commando
No 12 Commando
Corporal Thomas Callaway was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939045 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

CARR, Francis Arthur

No 5 Commando
Sergeant Francis Carr was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was the senior NCO of a demolition party led by Lieut Burtinshaw on board HMS Campbeltown [2]. Taken prisoner after the raid he was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [3].
 

CARROLL, J.J.

No 2 Commando

Fusilier J. Carroll, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner [2]. 
Detained at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland, and also at Stalag 3A Luckenwalde [3].

CHALLINTON, William Albert

LSgt Challinton 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant William Challinton, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was part of an assault party who disembarked from HMS Campbeltown, their role to destroy enemy coastal defence guns covering the dry dock area [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37162, page 3493, amended (errata) by LG 37331, page 5317.
[1] National Archives file WO 373/46/273.
 

CHAMBERLAIN, W.W.R.J.

No 1 Commando

Lance Sergeant Bill Chamberlain was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been wounded, taken prisoner, and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

Sources
St Nazaire website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/49.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1 and 11.

CHANT, Douglas

Private Douglas Chant 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Douglas Chant, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operations Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][1a].
  • July 1942 member of the No.2 Commando Boxing Team [2].
  • 9 September 1943 (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno) [3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

CHANT, Stuart Whitemore

Stuart Chant 5 Commando
No 5 Commando
On the 22nd October 1939 whilst in the Artists Rifles TA, the then Private (Cadet) Chant was granted an emergency commission as Second Lieutenant having attended the 163rd Officer Cadet Training Unit [1]. 
  • October 1940 volunteered for the Army Commandos; attached to No.5 Commando [2].

CHAPPELL, Ernest Lionel Desmond

Des Chappell 1 Commando
No 1 Commando

Lance Sergeant Ernest Chappell, known as Des, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany.

Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

CHEETHAM, Jack, F.

Jack Cheetham 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Corporal Jack Cheetham, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded, taken prisoner, and transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel Germany.

CHUNG, Ronald Robert Fong

Ron Chung 12 Commando
No 12 Commando
Corporal Ron Chung took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
Post war Ron was a regular attendee at Commando Association events. His son Martin also completed Commando training and received his own green beret on 30 May 1980.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
St Nazaire Society website.

CHURCHER, George

George Churcher 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant George Churcher, 5 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML262.  Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner after the raid. He was transported to Stalag 344 (aka Stalag V111B) at Lamsdorf Poland.
February 1945 escaped making it to American allied lines.
Post war emigrated to Canada, had three children, after 20 years moved on to Singapore, Australia and then back to Vancouver Island.
 

CLIBBORN, William Cuthbert

Lieutenant William Clibborn 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Lieutenant William Clibborn, 2 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 and was wounded during the raid and taken prisoner.  He was imprisoned at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg. Germany.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/3 and 417/8.
St Nazaire Society website.

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1][2][3][4]
  • July 1943 wounded Sicily [5].
  • 28 March 1942 (Lance Corporal) (No.3 Commando) took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML307 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [6].
Sources
[1] CWGC

COBELLI, Dominic

Dominic Cobelli 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Dominic Cobelli, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML446 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 105 issued September 1997.
CVA Gallery.
 

COCKIN, Robert

No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Robert Cockin, 4 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed. He survived, was taken prisoner, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

COPLAND, William Oranmore

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Major William Copland was second in command of No 2 Commando. He served with No 4 Independent Company and then with the newly formed No 2 Cdo. He took part in Operation Chariot and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his gallantry on the raid. He was taken prisoner and subsequently held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg.
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COUGHLAN, John

No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal John Coughlan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author james Dorrian.

CRIPPIN, Ronald

RQMS Ron Crippin 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
Ron Crippin, then a Corporal in the HQ troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on motor launch ML 447 and was evacuated back to the UK.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal ( Military Division) "in recognition of distinguished services during the raid". (1)
  • He had previously seen action with 2 Ind. Coy., in May 1940 at Bodo, Norway, as part of Scissors Force. (2)

CUDBY, John

No 2 Commando
Fusilier John Cudby, 6 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on motor launch ML177 he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

CUNNINGHAM, Henry Peter

No 2 Commando

Private Henry Cunningham, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author james Dorrian.

DAVIS, Stanley Berkeley Edward

LSgt Stanley Davis 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Stanley 'Dai' Davis, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on board HMS Campbeltown he was wounded and taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Germany.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
Casualty Lists 1939-45. /National Archives file WO417/50.
St Nazaire Society website.
CVA Gallery.
 

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of Lt. Col. Newman's HQ party on board MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. He was held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg, Germany.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

DAY, William, C.

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal William Day took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on motor launch ML262 he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
St Nazaire Society website.
His nephew William via Forum [view ....].
 

DE JONGHE, Arthur Jules Charles Baudoin

Arthur de Jonghe 10 Commando
Arthur de Jonghe
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
No 10 Commando
Temporary Captain Vicomte Arthur de Jonghe, a French speaking Belgian national, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was a Liaison Officer embarked on board motor launch ML446 and was evacuated back to the UK after the operation [1]
  • Captain De Jonghe is listed in the Personnel Files of the S.O.E [2].
  • February 1943 serving as the Demolition Officer at the Commando Basic Training Centre [3].

DE LA TORRE, Luis Eric Rupert

Luis Eric de la Torre 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Eric de la Torre took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on motor launch ML262, taken prisoner after the raid, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [1][2].
  • Post war honorary Secretary of the St. Nazaire Society for many years [2]
  • 31 December 1996 appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) for Services to the St. Nazaire Society [3].
Sources

DEANS, James

No 9 Commando
Corporal James Deans died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457. 
 
Sources

DEERY, Stewart

No 12 Commando
Sergeant Stewart Deery was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf in Poland.
 

DENISON, Mallinson Charles

Mallinson Charles Denison 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lieutenant Mallinson Charles Denison, 3 Troop,  was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown in charge of a small protection party to cover the personnel carrying out demolitions on the dry dock.

DIAMOND, Thomas

No 2 Commando

Private Thomas Diamond, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 267 , as was R.S.M. Alan Moss. Their squad was to be a small HQ reserve for Lieutenant Colonel Newman. However in the chaos of the action as the ML's tried to land their Commandos, ML267 came under heavy fire and the ML began to burn. They were ordered to abandon ship which they did.

DICKINSON, Joe

No 2 Commando
Private Joe Dickinson, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][1a].
  • 1943 killed in action in Italy serving with 1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment [2][3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[1a] Nominal Roll in Saint Nazaire Commando, author Stuart Chant-Sempill.
[2] CWGC.

DOCKERILL, Arthur Henry

No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Arthur Dockerill was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during the raid at St Nazaire. Part of a demolition team on board HMS Campbeltown led by Lieutenant Chant [2], he was later imprisoned in Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf , Poland [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/46/270.
[3] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

DONALDSON, John

Lance Corporal John Donaldson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal John Donaldson, 3 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.  

He was part of the Assault Party commanded by Lieut. John Roderick who later described him in the following words "Corporal Donaldson was a big loss to us. He was quite one of the nicest members of the troop. A quiet, soft spoken Scotsman with a charming smile and a most proficient soldier. [*]

DOUGLAS, Edward

Corporal Ted Douglas MM
No 2 Commando
Corporal Edward Douglas , 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was one of the Commando contingent on board Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, and one of only five men from those who landed at St Nazaire, that evaded capture and escaped through France back to the UK. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 35776, page 4861.
National Archives Escape and Evasion file WO208/3310/822.

DUNCAN, Ronald

No 9 Commando

Lance Corporal Ronald Duncan died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.  He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

DUNN-BUTLER, Eric Henry

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Dunn-Butler took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarking on motor launch ML307, he was wounded and evacuated back to the UK [1][1a].
  • 11 September 1943 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment [2].
  • 28 September 1953 relinquishes commission on appointment to the R.A.F. [3].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.

DURRANT, Sgt. Thomas Frank, VC

No 1 Commando

Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire.  He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. 

War Office 19th June 1945

For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun in H.M. Motor Launch ML 306 in the St. Nazaire raid on the 28th March, 1942. 

ECKMAN, William, J.

William Eckman 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private William Eckman, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Taken prisoner he was later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

EDWARDS, Denis Gold

No 5 Commando
Private Denis Edwards took part in Operation Charot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was subsequently taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

ELLIOTT, Alfred John

No 2 Commando

Private Alfred Elliott, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf* and Stalag 3A Luckenwalde**.
Recommendation

EVANS, E. Michael

No 1 Commando
Acting Lance Sergeant Evans took part in the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 and was reported missing after the raid, but was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner. He was later transported to Stalag 357 at Fallingbostel, Germany.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/3.
Prisoners War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO393/11.
St Nazaire Society website.

EVANS, Frank

No 2 Commando
Private Frank Evans took part in the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He embarked on motor launch ML262 and was reported missing after the raid, but was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner.

EVERETT, Thomas, H.

Tommy Everett 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Thomas Everett, R.A.M.C. attached to No.2 Commando HQ, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK and remained with No.2 Commando [1]
  • 16 August 1943 (Private) wounded during Operation Husky at Sicily [2].
  • Later promoted Sergeant [3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[2] Britsish Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 Sicily / National Archives file WO417/66.

EWENS, George

George Ewens 2 commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal George Ewens, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on Motor Launch ML 156, he was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1]
  • Emigrated to Tasmania [2][3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[2] Commando Association newsletter 58 issued March 1974.
[3] Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 69 issued September 1979.

FAHY, J.

No 2 Commando
Private J. Fahy, 4 troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarked on motor launch ML 177 he was taken prisoner after the raid. He is listed as having been detained at both Stalag 3A at Luckenwalde and Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.
 

FARQUHAR, John Kiel

No 9 Commando
Private John Farquhar was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations West of the Garigliano River, Italy on the night of 29/30 December 1943 [2].
Recommendation

FERGUSON, W.J.

No 12 Commando

Corporal Ferguson was one of the commando contingent embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was wounded, taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 3A at Luckenwalde, Germany. 

Sources
Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41 and WO417/45.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
St Nazaire Society website.

FIELD, W.F.

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Field, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on board motor launch ML 457 he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National archives file WO417/41 and WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

FINCH, V.W.C.

Corporal V Finch 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Corporal Finch, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/42.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
St Nazaire Society website.
[Image] CVA Gallery.

FITCHETT, John

John Fitchett 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private John 'Jack' Fitchett, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK [1][2]
  • 30 July 1944 (Corporal) (5th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment) wounded North West Europe [3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[2] St. Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter. 

FOWLER, Henry Francis

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Henry Fowler, 2 Troop, died of wounds on 24 January 1943 [1][2]. He was one of the commando contingent for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire embarked on board motor launch ML443 and was seriously wounded by enemy fire during the unsuccessful attempt by the naval crew to land the Commandos on board. He was evacuated back to the UK [3]
British Army Casualty Lists extracts  [2].

FREEMAN, B.G.

Freeman 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Freeman, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK. 
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
St Nazaire Society website.
CVA Gallery images.
 

FURSSE, Reginald Henry

Reg Fursse 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Corporal Reginald Fursse, 6 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent on motor launch ML 156 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1].
  • Evacuated back to the UK, he remained with No. 2 Commando [2][3]
  • 13 September 1943 (Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded during Operation Avalanche at Salerno [3].
Sources
[1] CVA Gallery images of No.2 Commando
[2] St Nazaire Society website.

FYFE, C.A.

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal 'Jock' Fyfe from Glasgow served as Signaller in No.2 Commando HQ. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
Commando Benevolent Fund list of No.2 Cdo.
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.

GALLAGHER, John

No 2 Commando
Acting Lance Sergeant John Gallagher, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 306 for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel Germany.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

GARDNER, John, A.

No 2 Commando
Private John Gardner, 3 Troop, embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

GIBSON, William

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant William Gibson, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. Like all those on the raid they were given an opportunity beforehand to write their will or last letters.  Bill Gibson wrote to his Father. Read it below.
 

GOODE, Frank Cecil

Frank Goode 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Rifleman Frank Goode, 3 Troop,  was one of the Commando contingent for the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown. After heavy street fighting and when all ammunition was spent he was captured and became a prisoner of war. He was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
Commando Association Newsletter 39.
[Image] Graham Radford.

GRIEF, George, V.

George Grief 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal George Grief, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/45.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
Recommendation
"Pte. Gwynne proved himself to be a courageous and determined soldier. His disregard for personal danger in the attack and his efforts to destroy enemy gun positions mounted in the roof of the Pumping station were outstanding.

HAILES, Stanley, B.

Lance Corporal Stan Hailes 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Stanley Hailes was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid and rejoined No.3 Commando [1][2] .
 

HAINES, George Ernest

George Haines DCM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major George Haines, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He had embarked for the raid on board motor launch ML 177 but during the action took command of the HQ Reserve [2].  He was taken prisoner after the raid and subsequently held in captivity at Stalag 344 (formerly known as Stalag V111b) near Lamsdorf, Poland [3].
  • 27 April 1946 commissioned Second Lieutenant, East Surreys [4].  

HARKNESS, Peter

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Peter Harkness, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. He is referred to in the last letter of his good friend LSgt Bill Gibson who also died on the raid.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HARRINGTON, Jack Lonsdale

No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Jack Harrington was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.  He was one of the Commando HQ contingent who embarked on board MGB 314.  Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

He has been identified in a photo in our gallery. [view photo.]

HARRISON, Maurice

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Maurice Harrison, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot,  the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 192.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HAY, William

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal William Hay died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank.

HEERY, John

John Heery 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal John 'Jack' Heery, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1][1a]. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 16 August 1943 (Acting Lance Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded in Sicily during Operation Husky [2]
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[1a] 6 Troop Nominal Roll in No.2 Cdo gallery.

HEMPSTEAD, Stanley

No 2 Commando
Sergeant Stanley Hempstead, 2 troop,  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HEWETT, Herbert Edward

No 2 Commando

Troop Sergeant Major Herbert Hewett, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

Post war in 1948 he worked as the manager of an off licence in Islington. In 1951 he was the proprietor of The Windmill Tavern in East Hanningfield, Essex *.

HOLLAND, William Anthony

William Holland 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Private William 'Dutch' Holland, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.
Recommendation
"Pte. Holland displayed magnificent courage and devotion to duty in a small assault group whose task it was to destroy three enemy medium AA gun positions.

HOLMES, Frederick Lewis

Frederick Holmes 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Sapper Frederick Holmes was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.  He remained with the No.2 Commando attaining the rank of Lance Sergeant.

Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 6.
No.2 Cdo. 2 Troop images in gallery.

HOLT, Frederick

Corporal Fred Holt 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Corporal Frederick Holt, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 [1]. He was initially reported missing in action until it was discovered he had been taken prisoner [2][2a][2b].  He was transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany [3].

Fred, who was from Wallasey in the Wirral, died in 1964 aged 49 [4]

HOMER, Levi

Leo Homer 2 Commando
Leo Homer 2Cdo
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal Levi Homer, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
Recommendation

HOOPER, Richard Henry

Capt Richard Hooper MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Captain Richard Hooper was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry during operations at Scaletta Sicily on the 16th August 1943. He had previously taken part in operations at Vaagso and St Nazaire. During the latter he was in charge of an assault squad on motor launch ML 156, wounded, and evacuated back to the UK.

On the 21st September 1951 it was announced that Capt. (Hon. Maj.) R. H. Hooper, M.C. of the King's Regiment had been awarded the Efficiency Medal Territorial.

HOOPER, W.F.

Corporal W Hooper 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Corporal Hooper, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel, Germany.

HOPE, J.R.

No 2 Commando
Private J.R. Hope was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid he remained with No. 2 Commando and was later wounded during operations at Salerno on 18 September 1943.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/67.
 
Notes

HOPKINS, A.J.

No 1 Commando
Private A.J. Hopkins was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner [2]
Casualty Lists of 1944 list him as "Previously reported wounded and Prisoner of War (Germany) now Repatriated" [3].
 
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

HOPWOOD, Howell Gaston Lloyd

No 2 Commando

Lieutenant Howell Hopwood, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and imprisoned at Oflag 9A/Z Rotenberg Germany and Oflag 9A/H Spangenberg Germany.
Recommendation

HOWARD, Ronald, A.

No 5 Commando
Lance Corporal Ronald Howard was one of the commando contingent who embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

HOYLE, Robert

Robert Hoyle 12 Commando
No 12 Commando
Corporal Robert Hoyle embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HUDSPETH, George, E.

No 3 Commando
Sapper George Hudspeth  was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 

HUGHES, G.

No 9 Commando
Lance Sergeant Hughes was one of the Commando contingent for the St Nazaire raid in March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK.
 
Source
Nominal Roll in St. Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter. 
Note
The St Nazaire Society website show his initial as J.
 

HUGHES, William, A.

Bill Hughes 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private William Hughes, 5 Troop, embarked on Motor Launch ML177 for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HURST, Edward

Edward Hurst 2 Commando
Ted Hurst 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Edward Hurst, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML307 for the St Nazaire raid on 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK and rejoined No.2 Commando [1][2].

JARVIS, G.

No 2 Commando
Rifleman Jarvis, 3 Troop, embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was wounded and reported missing after the raid but was later found to have been taken prisoner.

JENKINS, Morgan

2nd Lieut Jenkins 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 5 Independent Company
Second Lieutenant Morgan  Jenkins died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 
Morgan was the sixth of seven children born to Morgan and Mary Jenkins in 1915. His father was a plate layer at the Ynisfaoi Mine, Treherbert, South Wales. Morgan attended local schools in his younger years. Being a bright pupil he achieved a place at Brecon Boy's County Grammar School for his secondary education. Morgan's death at St Nazaire is recorded on the School's War Memorial. 
 

JOHNSON, James

No 12 Commando
Lance Sergeant James Johnson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services  during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942.
He was one of the Commando contingent embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for the raid, captured and later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources 

JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Sergeant Colin Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.  Reported missing after the raid then found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Germany.

The death of Sgt. Colin Jones MM, of Huyton nr. Liverpool, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 67 issued September 1978.

JONES, R.A.

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal R.A. Jones, Royal Engineers attached to No.3 Commando, was reported missing after Operation Jubilee at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. He was later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 28 March 1942 (No.3 Commando) embarked on Motor Launch ML307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/52.

JONES, W.G.

No 2 Commando

Private W.G. Jones, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. The ML was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed. He survived, was taken prisoner, and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

KING, Alfred William

AlfredKing1Commando
No 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Alfred King received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. He embarked on board HMS Campbeltown.

KNOWLES, John, A.

Johnny Knowles 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lance Sergeant John Knowles, 4 troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor launch ML268 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

LAWSON, William Henry

Pte Bill Lawson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private William Lawson was wounded on 17 June1940 serving with the 6th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France [1].
Evacuated back to the UK and after recovery from his wound he volunteered for Special Service and joined 1 troop of No.2 Commando. On 28 March 1942 he was embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire [2].

LEE, Jack William

General List
SAS
Lieutenant Jack Lee (born Raymond Jack William Couraud) was a French Liaison Officer attached to No.2 Commando specifically for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 447. [1][1a]
  • Wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK [2].

LEMON, Frederick

No 12 Commando

Lance Corporal Fred Lemon embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

LLEWELLYN, Fred

Corporal Fred Llewellyn 1 Commando
No 1 Commando

Corporal Fred Llewellyn died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.
Service Record 
17 January 1940 enlisted King's Shopshire Light Infantry.
27 April 1940 to No.9 Independent Company.
8 November 1940 to No.1 Special Service Battalion.
11 November 1940 promoted Lance Corporal
4 March 1941 to No.1 Commando.
5 May 1941 promoted Acting Corporal.
3 August 1941 granted war substantive rank of Corporal.
28 March 1942 killed in action.

LLOYD, Herbert Charles

Herbert Charles Lloyd 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Guardsman Herbert Lloyd, 6 Troop, known as Taffy, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch 156 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
Images in CVA Gallery.
 

MACLAGAN, Ian Lawrence

Ian Maclagan 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Corporal Ian Maclagan was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

MACLEAN, Alexander Robert

No 2 Commando
Sergeant Alexander Maclean, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1]
He remained with No.2 Commando attaining the rank of Troop Sergeant Major [2].
15 January 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant in The Buffs [3].
 
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

MATHER, Harry

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Harry Mather, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 
Sources 

MATTISON, William

No 2 Commando
Fusilier William Mattison, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was wounded, taken prisoner, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/47.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 /National Archives file WO392/1.
3 Troop image in CVA Gallery.

MAYLOTT, Jesse

No 2 Commando

Private Jesse Maylott, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author james Dorrian.

MCCORMACK, Thomas

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Thomas McCormack, 5 troop No 2 Commando, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown. Part of Capt. Donald Roy's Assault Team, Tom was fatally wounded during the raid. Taken prisoner he later died of his wounds in a German Naval Hospital.
 

MCDONALD, J.

No 2 Commando
Private J. McDonald, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid. 
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
St Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter with nom roll.
Nom Roll in St Nazaire Commando, author Stuart Chant-Sempill MC.
CVA Gallery image of 3 Troop.
 

McKERR, H.

No 5 Commando
Lance Sergeant H. McKerr was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942.
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

MILNE, Robert

Gunner Robert Milne 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Gunner Robert Milne, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942.

MONTGOMERY, Robert Kerr

No 2 Commando

Captain Robert Montgomery, along with Captain William Pritchard RE [more....], had been instrumental in the initial planning and training of the demolition teams for the St Nazaire raid. Captain Montgomery was in charge of the demolition teams on board HMS Campbeltown [1]
Taken prisoner after the raid and detained at Oflag 09A at Spangenberg kei Kassel, Germany [2].

MORT, Alec

Alec Mort 2 Commando
Alec Mort at reunion
No 2 Commando
Corporal Alec Mort, from Bolton, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the St Nazaire raid in March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK. He remained with No.2 Commando taking part in all of their major raids and operations attaining the rank of Company Sergeant Major. 
 
Sources
CVA Gallery images.
CVA Nominal Roll.
Commando Association newsletter 116 issued Feb. 2003.

MOSS, Alan

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was shot and killed during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on Motor Launch ML 267 he later received a posthumous Mention in Despatches. 
Recommendation
"During the Commando raid on St Nazaire on 28th March 1942 the motor launch in which RSM Moss was travelling was set on fire by enemy shore guns. The troops on board, many of whom were badly wounded, were forced to abandon ship.

MURDOCH, Sydney

Sid Murdoch 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Sydney Murdoch, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on MGB 314 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942.

NAGEL, Peter Thomas Lorenz

Peter Nagel
No 2 Commando
Private Peter Nagel was of the Jewish Faith and served under an alias of Peter Walker for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. Although Peter was attached to No.2 Commando he had received training for the Special Operations Executive. He had also taken part in Operation Biting, a Para operation at Bruneval France, being specifically selected for his training and language skills.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

NEWALL, James, F.

Jim Newell 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Jim Newall, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 9 September 1943 (Lance Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded at Salerno, Italy *.
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
St. Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary newsletter with nom roll.
CVA Gallery image of those who returned from the raid.

NICHOLS, Alexander Hause

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Alexander Nichols was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1]. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2][2a].
  • 28 July 1933 attested into the Royal Tank Corps [3].
  • 8 March 1940 transferred to the Royal Engineers [3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

O'BRIEN, Richard

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Richard O'Brien, 2 troop, was one of the Commandos who returned from Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447.
 
6 months later he was one of the ten Commandos who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. LSgt O'Brien evaded capture after the successful raid and made it back to the UK.  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions during this raid.
(Source: LG Publication date: 5 March 1943, Supplement: 35929, Page: 1118).
 

O'DONNELL, Laurence, P.T.

No 2 Commando

Corporal Laurence O'Donnell, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Cambeltown for the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany.

Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

 

OUGHTRED, Neil

No 2 Commando
Lieutenant Neil Oughtred was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1]. Wounded during the raid, he was evacuated back to the UK [2].
  • 11 April 1945 promoted Captain (Lincolnshire Regiment) [3].
Sources
[1] St. Nazaire Society website.
[2] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 /National Archives file WO417/2.

PARKES, Frederick

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Frederick Parkes, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch 268 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

PATON, David

Doctor David Paton 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Captain David Paton, M.B., R.A.M.C. was one of two Medical Officers attached to No.2 Commando for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 and was evacuated after the raid treating many of the wounded on the long journey back to the UK [1][1a][1b]
  • 7 September 1939 commissioned Lieutenant RAMC [2].
Sources
[1] St. Nazaire Society website.

PEACHEY, Frederick

Fred Peachey MM and bar
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lance Sergeant Frederick Peachey from Warrington served with the Independent Companies and No 2 Commando. 
  • 27 December 1941 Pte. Peachey was one of the No.2 Commando detachment who took part in Operation Archery at Vaagso.
  • 28 March 1942 Pte. Peachey was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was wounded and evacuated back to the UK.

PEACOCK, Arthur William

Arthur Peacock 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Arthur Peacock, 2 troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at st Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
St Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter nom. roll.
CVA Gallery 2 Troop images.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.
 

PENFOLD, Frederick Arthur

Frederick Penfold 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Fusilier Frederick Penfold, 6 troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 192 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

POWELL, L.

No 2 Commando
Private L. Powell, R.A.M.C. attached to No.2 Commando HQ, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

St Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter nom roll.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/47.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

PRESCOTT, James Frederick Anthony

Jim Prescott 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Corporal James Prescott, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 16 August 1943 (Acting Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations in Sicily.
  • Last rank held shown as CSM in both Association newsletters below.
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
St Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter nom roll.

PRESTON, J.

No 2 Commando
Private J. Preston, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. He was taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British army Casualty Lists 1939-45 /National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

PRITCHARD, William Henry

Captain William Pritchard RE
Special Service Brigade
No 2 Commando
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].
He and fellow Royal Engineer, Captain Bob Montgomery [more...] had been instrumental in the initial planning and training of the demolition teams [3]

PROCTOR, John David

John David Proctor 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
No 4 Independent Company
Second Lieutenant John Proctor received his commission into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (1st Liverpool Scottish)  on the 10th February 1940. He later volunteered for the Independent Companies joining No 4 Ind.Coy. In February 1941 he joined No. 2 Commando as a Lieutenant in 5 troop.
 

RANDALL, Donald Charles

LSgt Don Randall 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lance Sergeant Donald Randall, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].  Wounded and taken prisoner after the raid he was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [2][3].
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [4].
Recommendation

REEVES, Walter

No 12 Commando
Bombardier Walter Reeves was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Taken prisoner he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 1938 attested into the Royal Artillery.
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO 392/1.

RENNIE, Jim

Jim Rennie 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lance Sergeant Jim Rennie, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Taken prisoner after the raid he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/44.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Arcvhives file WO392/1.

RICHARDS, D.

No 9 Commando
Sapper D. Richards was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2].
  • 30 December 1943 (Acting Lance Corporal) (No.9 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy [3].
  • 24 August 1944 Mentioned in Despatches (Corporal) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy [4].
Sources
[1] St. Nazaire Society website.

ROBERTS, Harold

Private Harold Roberts 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal Harold Roberts, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was wounded and taken prisoner of war.

RODD, Stanley, W.

Stanley Rodd 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Stanley Rodd, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 192 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later  transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/49.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 /National Archives file WO392/1.

RODERICK, John Morgan

Lieut. John Roderick MC, No 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
On the 1st July 1939 the then Private John Roderick received his commission as Second Lieutenant.  After volunteering for the Commandos he joined No 2 Commando 3 troop. During the St Nazaire raid he was OIC of an assault party amongst the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.
 

ROE, Harold Reginald

Harold Roe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Harold Roe, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. He was wounded and evacuated back to the UK.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
St. Nazaire Society 75th anniversary Newsletter nom. roll.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
CVA Gallery image credit : His son Clive.
 

ROGERS, Joseph Gerard Anthony

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Sergeant Joseph Rogers, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Spilje Albania on 28/29 July 1944.
  
Recommendation
Military Medal (Immediate) Spilje Bay, Albania, Operation Healing 2. 
"L/Sgt Rogers personally led his sub section with conspicuous gallantry. In the face of heavy fire from two spandaus he continued to advance against his objective. Although wounded and in great pain he led his men on to close with the enemy and killed the machine gun teams. 

ROWE, A.

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal A. Rowe, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK [1][1a].

ROY, Donald William

Captain Donald Roy DSO
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Donald William Roy, a Cadet of the Fettes College Contingent Junior Division O.T.C., received his commission into the Liverpool Scots TA on the 17th June 1939.
Lieutenant Roy was mobilised in August 1939 and posted to the 2nd Battalion. From there he volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No 3 Platoon,  No 4 Independent Company.
In May 1941 he and the rest of No 4 Ind. Coy sailed as part of Scissors Force to Norway (Operation Avonmouth).  

RUSSELL, A.

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal A. Russell, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
 

SALISBURY, G.

Private G. Salisbury 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Private G. Salisbury, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
[Image] 1 Troop photo in No.2 Commando gallery.
 

SALISBURY, Glyn

No 1 Commando

Corporal Glyn Salisbury was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

SCULLY, Len

Len Scully 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Len Scully, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2]. He rejoined No.2 Commando 1 Troop and was promoted Corporal [3].
 
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.
[2] St Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter Nom.Roll.
[3] 1 Troop photo December 1942 in No.2 Commando gallery.
[Image] No.2 Commando gallery.

SEATON, Alan, F.

RSM Sandy Seaton 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Alan Seaton, known as Sandy, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 
Evacuated back to the UK after the raid he became Regimental Sergeant Major of No.2 Commando, replacing RSM Alan Moss [more....] who had been killed on the raid.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

SHERMAN, Thomas

2/Lt Tom Sherman
Lt Col Tom Sherman RMR
No 2 Commando
RM Reserve
Tom Sherman volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No.4 Ind. Coy.  He took part in Scissorforce, the North West Expeditionary Force in Norway, and after joining No. 2 Commando he attained the rank of TSM in 4 troop.  He took part in the Vaagso raid and St Nazaire. During the latter he was one of the Commando contingent on ML156.

SHERWIN, Albert Edward George

No 2 Commando
Private Albert Sherwin, 3 troop, died in Germany whilst a Prisoner of War.  He was taken Prisoner of War after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked for the raid on board HMS Campbeltown. He was later transported to a camp near Lamsdorf, Poland originally named Stalag V111 before being renamed in 1943 as Stalag 344.
 
CWGC detail for the Cemetery.

SHIPTON, Herbert J.

Bert Shipton 9 Commando
No 9 Commando

Lance Corporal Bert Shipton was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany.

Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
[Image] CVA Gallery.
 

SIMISTER, Charles Arnold

Cpl Charles Simister MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
43RM Commando

Corporal Charles Simister, attached to No 2 Commando from the RAMC, was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 307 during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.  He was one of those evacuated back to the UK after the raid. [1]

SIMPSON, Harold Leonard

No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Harold Simpson, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 383 Hohenfels 
Recommendation

SINNOTT, Edward

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Edward Sinnott, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 306 for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Wounded during the raid, he was later transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel Germany.

SMALLEY, Christopher John

Christopher John Smalley 5 Commando
No 5 Commando
Lieutenant Christopher Smalley died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on HMS Campbeltown he commanded a demolition party whose task it was to destroy the Dry Dock Installations. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services." 
Recommendation
"Disembarking from HMS Campbeltown he led his men under intense fire to their task, and, although the whole time under very heavy enemy pressure, he completed his task, totally destroying the Dock Installations.

SMITH, A.

Corporal. A. Smith 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Corporal A. Smith, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
St. Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter nom roll.
[Image] Photo of some who returned from the raid in gallery.
 

STANLEY, George

No 2 Commando
Corporal George Stanley was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
 

STEELE, David Ronald

No 2 Commando
Sergeant David 'Ron' Steele, attached HQ No.2 Commando, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on MGB 314 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • Ron was a former Tresurer of the St. Nazaire Society*.
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
St. Nazaire Society 75th anniversary newsletter nom roll.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

STEVENSON, Stanley George

Stanley Stevenson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Stanley Stevenson, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid. 
  • 13 September 1943 (Corporal) wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno).
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/68.
Image in Gallery of those who returned from the raid.

STOKES, George Stanley

No 5 Commando

Lance Corporal George Stokes died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and part of Lt Burtinshaw's demolition party.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

STUTCHBURY, John Forbes

No 2 Commando

Lieutenant John Stutchbury, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Oflag 9A/H Spangenberg Germany.
Recommendation
"Lieut. Stutchbury was second in command of an assault group under Lieut. Roderick detailed to destroy enemy gun positions overlooking the Dry Dock and the disembarkment from HMS Campbeltown.

SUMNER, Frank

Frank Sumner 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lance Corporal Frank Sumner, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been wounded, taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.
CVA Gallery image of 5 Troop.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

SWAYNE, Ronald Oliver Carless

No 1 Commando
Lieutenant Ronnie Swayne was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on Motor Launch ML306 during the raid at St. Nazaire [1][2]
He was taken prisoner and later transported to Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg bei Kassel, Germany [3][4].
  • 26 June 1979 conferred with the honour of knighthood [5].
  • 1989 appointed Vice President of the Commando Association [6].
Sources
[1]London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
[2] St Nazaire Society.

TAYLOR, Gerald

No 2 Commando

Sergeant Gerald Taylor, HQ Reserve, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St. Nazaire, author james Dorrian.

TAYLOR, H.G.

No 2 Commando
Corporal H.G. Taylor, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been wounded, taken prisoner, and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/41, WO417/43, and WO417/48

TAYLOR, Horace

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Horace Taylor, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1].
  • 13 September 1943 (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno) [2].
  • 6 June 1944 (Lance Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) reported missing during operations, found to have been taken prisoner, and transported to Stalag 7A at Moosburg, Germany [3][4][5].
Sources

THOMSON, Robert

Private Robert Thomson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Robert Thomson, 2 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942 [1][2]. He embarked on board motor launch ML 262 [2].
Recommendation

THRIFT, Frank, W.

FrankThrift 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Frank Thrift, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.
CVA Gallery image of 3 Troop & 2Cdo Boxing team.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.

TUCKER, Edward Arnold

Edward Arnold Tucker 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Fusilier Eddie Tucker, 6 Troop No.2 Commando, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2].
  • 22 June 1944 (Lance Sergeant) (13 Bn., Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps) wounded during operations in North West Europe [3].
Sources
[1] St. Nazaire Society website.

VANDERWERVE, John Edward

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lieutenant John Vanderwerve  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 306 and  OIC of a protection squad for the demolition team on board.
 

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