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INTERIM REPORT OPS - 3 CDO BDE NOV 1944 - JAN 1945
Author: Major D.B. Drysdale, BM, 3 Cdo Bde
Copy of original document supplied by: John Mewett
Transcribed by: Jennie Barlow
7 pages of a Special Boat Section memorandum about 2 SBS from its formation through to February 1944. An official memorandum by Lieut. Henry S. Quigley, Admin. officer 2 SBS dated February 1944. The last page details equipment used by 2 SBS. This document is from the collection of Arthur Horner who was attached to No.1 Commando and 2 SBS, provided to the CVA in 2010 courtesy of his son Ashton Horner.
Sgt. David Arnold was killed during operations in Aden.
Sgt Bartlett was killed whilst taking part in operations in the Sangin valley, northern Helmand Province. [Source: MOD]
Bdr Child formerly 7 Commando, was killed at sea whilst attached to the SBS.
There is a forum message relating to this which states "HMS Triumph (a submarine) was lost somewhere in the Aegean Sea in January 1942. No-one knows her position. She went down with all hands onboard including 2 Commando's, Corporals Clive Severn & Alfred Child. Both are listed as serving with 1 SBS." The official forms are also posted there and state "Presumed killed in action."
Sgt. Hunt, Special Boat Service, was killed during an exchange of fire with an SAS patrol near Teal, Falklands. They had accidentally strayed into an area patrolled by the SAS. He was the only member of the SBS who died in the conflict.
Click here to Watch a video of a service at the memorial to him on the Falkland Islands in 2012.
Major Lassen MC and 2 bars, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
War Office, 7th September, 1945
PostingsSep 1940 - volunteered for 11 Cdo. Mar 1941- arrive Middle East - 'C' Bn Layforce Aug 1941- 11 Cdo absorbed into ME Cdo Jan 1943 - volunteered for SAS Mar 1943 - posted to D Sqn - promoted Sgt - D Sqn becomes SBS.
Colonel Pickup died suddenly whilst posted as a defence advisor in Pretoria South Africa.
Richard Allan Pickup joined the Royal Marines in 1983 after university and was awarded the Sword of Honour at the CTCRM.
After operational deployments to Northern Ireland and training in the Arctic, he was selected for Special Forces training and joined the SBS, later commanding the unit from 2000 until 2004 when he was appointed commander of the UK Forces in Kosovo.
He also led the task force which spearheaded the British campaign in Afghanistan.
(The following is from the Times obituary.)
LIEUTENANT David Sutherland and Royal Marine John Duggan were the only two to return from Operation “Anglo”, a raid on the Italian-occupied island of Rhodes by the Special Boat Service in September 1942. The SBS team was pursued relentlessly; it had attacked two airfields and destroyed aircraft positioned to support Rommel’s threatened advance on Cairo and to bomb supply convoys to beleaguered Malta.
Lt. Col. Richard van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died in a diving accident during an amphibious exercise off Norway on March 7; he died on March 14.
C/Sgt. Walton was serving at RMDIV Leconfield at the time of his death.
Richard Walton joined the Royal Marines in 1985 and served 2 days short of 20 years. During his career he served at Poole, 40 Commando, Commando Logistics Regiment, 42 Commando, CTCRM, and SBS. [Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue 1st June 2005.]
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