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Welcome to the Commando Veterans Archive

Commando Veterans association logoThe Commando Veterans Archive, supported by the Commando Veterans Association (CVA), has been developed in order to appeal to all those who have an interest in the Commandos. 

If you have earned the right to wear the coveted Green Beret and served with UK Commando Forces, or if you are a family member or a friend of the Commandos, you are as equally welcome to enjoy and hopefully add to our site. Please feel free to pay tribute, research or simply satisfy the curiosity that you may have about the proud history of the Commandos.  

Our Photo Gallery of almost 10,000 images can be viewed by clicking HERE.

You can join the Commando veterans Association as either a Full Member (Commandos) or Associate Member (families and friends). Simply download the relevant application form, complete it in full and pop it in the post as directed on the form. You will receive your membership pack including membership card and a copy of our most recent newsletter 'Dispatches' which includes information on the Association and planned events. 

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Looking for Information?

We do not hold Service Records. If you are looking for any kind of specific information regarding the Commandos , whether on units, campaigns, equipment, insignia etc, or information on individuals who have served in the Commandos, then please visit our website forums. On registering you will be able to create a post in the relevant forum and add the many questions that you may have.

Follow this link for some Useful tips and links for research

Our Forum can be viewed by clicking HERE.


Did you serve with 3 Commando Brigade ?

We are looking for photos and information from anyone who may have served with any element of 3 Commando Brigade. These would include Exercises, Operations, and Conflicts, that took place at any time from the end of WW2 to more recent times.  Simply scan and upload your photos to our Holding Album.

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Some examples in no particular order, the Malayan Emergency, the Suez Crisis, Oman, Aden, Sarawak, Libya, Borneo,  Northern Ireland, The Falklands, West Indies, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Congo Republic, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan. Follow this link to Contact Us if you need help in registering or posting photos on our website. 


Commando Training

Click/touch the image  below to learn more about Commando Training.
Commando trainingWhether you are thinking about a future career as a Commando, or simply curious about the training, you should make yourself aware of the origins of their training. This resume tells you how it all began, and developed into the present All Arms Commando Course. Included is a film about todays  'Pre Royal Marines Course', as well as another about WW2 Commando Training called "The Green Beret".  
 
Follow this link to view our WW2 Commando Training gallery

Commando Fallen

Click/touch the image  to view our WW2 War Graves gallery.
Bergen op Zoom War CemeteryThe Commando Veterans Association has an ongoing project to photograph the graves of the Commando Fallen. If you live near, or visiting close to, a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery,  and wish to help, please contact Pete here Contact Us 
This would include WW2 and Post WW2 graves. Please advise us if you consider we need to be informed of anything about the condition of any grave. 

Commando Obituaries

Click/touch the image to view names of those whose passing we have been informed of.
Commando Remembrance Westminster abbey
 
All we have of freedom
All we use or know
This our fathers bought for us
Long and long ago      (Rudyard Kipling)

Lord Lovat Interview

Lord LovatAn interview with Lord Lovat recorded in 1978 in Inverness before his attendance at a reunion of the Commando Association. The first speaker is Henry Brown OBE who compiled this interview onto a tribute tape for the Army Commandos. Lord Lovat tells of some of his memories of D-Day as the Commander of 1 Commando Brigade who spearheaded the D-Day assault. The tape was kindly donated by Ray Brooks son of Ernie Brooks No 4 Commando, implemented by John Mewett, and converted to MP3 by Mike Thomas at Yellow Wall studios Lockington Liecs.

Your browser doesn't support HTML5 audio, right-click here and "save as" to download the file and play.


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Latest news

Funeral arrangements for Dougie Roderick No 3 Commando

  • Posted on: 28 January 2016
  • By: pete

Tarnia Townshend has contacted me with the funeral arrangements for her grandfather Dougie Roderick ( No 3 Commando) which are outlined below : 

The funeral will be on Thursday 18th February at 2pm at West Norwood Cemetery (Postcode SE27 9JU). All are welcome. Family will do flowers and we ask that others make donations if they wish - all monies will be split between the CVA and St Christopher's Hospice.

CVA Membership

Registering on the forum or the Facebook community does not make you a member of the CVA. The CVA needs your support and membership. Find out more here.