Stalag 8 B (Stalag 344), Lamsdorf Poland

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ALBALADEJO, A.

Layforce
Private A. Albaladejo, a Spanish volunteer attached to 'D' Bn. Layforce, was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been wounded, captured and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/30; WO417/34; and WO417/92.
Prisoners of War Lists, Second World War, 1943-1945. / National Archives file WO392/20.
 

ANDREWS, Albert Mailly

No 2 Commando
Rifleman Albert Andrews, No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1].
He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941.
His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured. He was eventually imprisoned at Stalag VIIIB. [2][3].
 
Recommendation

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].

BARRETT, E.C.

No 3 Commando

Private E.C. Barrett was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf Poland..
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.

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

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.
 

BIRD, R.D.

No 7 Commando
Private Bird was reported missing 20 April 1941 which coincides with the time of the Bardia raid. Later found to have been taken prisoner.
 
Source
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives WO417/24.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

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.

BRADLEY, John Stanton

52ME Commando
Guardsman John Bradley, a Journalist born in Margate Kent, was attested into the Coldstream Guards on 23 October 1939 aged 26.  Reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/34.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Coldstream Guards Registers / Army Book 303 and 358.
 

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.
 

BRITTLEBANK, John

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SBS
Bombardier John Brittlebank served in both No.3 and No.8 Commando [1] before joining 1 S.B.S. [2].  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3].
Recommendation
"On the night of the 5th of September 1942, Bombardier Brittlebank accompanied Captain Wilson in a Folbot to make an attack with experimental torpedoes on an enemy ship in Crotone harbour.

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, aged 24 and from Liverpool, served in 5 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown, he was wounded during the raid and reported missing. Later found to be a prisoner of war. Imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
St Nazaire Society website.
Article in the Liverpool Echo 17 April 1942.
Image: CVA Gallery.
 

BROWN, Robert Hall

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Robert Brown, No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1].
He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured. He was eventually imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf [2][3].
 
Recommendation

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]
Recommendation

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.

CANTLEY, W.J.

No 7 Commando
Layforce

Corporal W.J. Cantley was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been taken prisoner and later transported overseas spending his captivity in Stalag 3A and to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.

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].

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.

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.
 

COCKIN, Robert

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Robert Cockin, aged 22 and from Stockton, served in 4 Troop and 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 on board ML267, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  were killed. 

COOK, F.B.

50ME Commando

Fusilier F.B.Cook was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27 (army no. amended in WO417/29.)
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

CRAWFORD, T. McG.

Middle East Commando

Private T.McG. Crawford, Depot M.E. Commando, was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

CRUICKSHANKS, John

No 7 Commando
Sapper John Cruickshanks was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/32.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 78 issued March 1984.
 
Notes

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.

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 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

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.
 

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.

DRAIN, Frederick, T.

No 3 Commando

Private Frederick Drain was reported missing after Operation Ambassador, a raid on Guernsey in July 1940. He was later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 8B.

Sources
Casualty Lists /National Archives files WO417/16 and WO417/21.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Storm from the Sea, author Brig. Peter Young.
Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2, author Brig. John Durnford-Slater.

EDNEY, Frank Leslie

No 7 Commando
Private Frank Edney was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete; found to have been taken prisoner and subsequently transported to Stalag 8B Lamsdorf Poland (renamed Stalag 344).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/29.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.
 

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, 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.

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.
 

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.
 

FILMER, R.

50ME Commando

Corporal R. Filmer was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.

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.

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.
 

GLYPTIS, G.

Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
Layforce

Lance Corporal G. Glyptis was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/96.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.

GREENFIELD, A.S.

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal A.S. Greenfield, No.1 Section of No.6 Troop, was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf Poland..
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Casualty Lists / National archives file WO417/49.

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.

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major Ronald Grove, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
Recommendation
"Grove was taken prisoner at Dieppe on the 19th August 1942 and was in Stalag 344 throughout his imprisonment from 3 September 1942 to 30 April 1945. From July 1943 onwards he played a leading part in the escape organisation in the camp and for his outstanding work in this connection he has been highly praised by the S.B.M.O. and a Senior N.C.O."
 

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].  

HALLS, A.R.

No 3 Commando
Corporal A. R. Halls, No. 1 Section of 6 Troop, was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe. He was later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO/417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Image in CVA Gallery of names of No 1 Section, No 6 Troop, No3 Cdo, Aug 19th 1942.
 

HANLON, Walter

Walter Hanlon 40RM Commando
40RM Commando

Marine Walter Hanlon from Hartlepool, reported missing after the Dieppe raid, was later found to be a prisoner of war in Stalag 344, Poland. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/7.
Article with image in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail 01 September 1942.
Article in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail 01 October 1942.
Obituaries in Commando Association Newsletter 82 issued March 1986.

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.]

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.

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

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, 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.

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.

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, 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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

MCGOLDRICK, J.

No 3 Commando

Gunner J. McGoldrick was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst serving as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France. After volunteering for No.3 Commando he took part in Operation Ambassador, a raid on Guernsey, in July 1940. He was reported missing presumed drowned during the raid, but later found to have been taken prisoner of war, being held at Stalag 344 until 1945.

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.

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.

MURPHY, P.

Middle East Commando

Private P. Murphy was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.

NUNN, R.R.

50ME Commando

Sergeant R.R. Nunn was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.

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.

PREECE, B.L.

No 7 Commando

Gunner B.L. Preece was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/30.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

PRESTON, John Alfred

No 2 Commando
Private John Preston, aged 29 and from Earlestown St Helens, served in 4 Troop and 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. Reported missing after the raid; later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
[1] British army Casualty Lists 1939-45 /National Archives file WO417/43.
[2] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

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].
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REEVES, Francis Samuel

No 7 Commando
Sapper Francis Reeves was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captued and later transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/30.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 117 issued September 2003.
 
Notes
  • Commando Association newsletter above list his unit as No.7 Commando.

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.

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.

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.

SCAIFE, J.

Middle East Commando

Private J. Scaife, Depot M.E. Commando, was reported missing on 1st June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

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.

SMITH, Peter

No 11 Commando

Gunner Peter Smith died whilst a prisoner of war.

Historical information for Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery.
Those buried here died while prisoners of war during the German occupation, most of the graves coming from the cemetery at the large camp at Lamsdorf, Stalag VIIIB (after 1943 known as Stalag 344), where there was a hospital of 450 beds used only for Commonwealth prisoners. (Source : CWGC.)

SMITH, William Henry

No 7 Commando
Lance Bombardier William Henry Smith was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/29.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Royal Artillery Attestation Records.
 

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.

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.

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

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].
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THOW, Henry Beverley

No 7 Commando
Bombardier Henry Thow was reported missing in Crete on 2 June 1941; found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 8B (344) in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/28 and WO417/34.
POW Lists / National Archives file WO392/1.

Royal Artillery Attestation Records.

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.

TURNER, Edward

50ME Commando

Corporal Turner was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
 

WESTLAKE, Peter David

Peter Westlake 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Rifleman Peter Westlake, 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.

WHEELAN, George Leslie

Private Leslie Wheelan 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Private Les Wheelan, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was reported missing after the raid, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner. He was transported to Stalag 344 (V111b) Lamsdorf, Poland.

George Leslie Wheelan, known as Les, was from Wallasey in the Wirral, and worked post war at the Owen Owen department store in Merseyside. He married Molly and they had 2 children, Lesley and Paul.  Les died of a heart attack in 1979 *. 

WICKSON, Lionel Charles

LSgt Wickson MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Lionel Wickson, 1 troop,  was one of the Commando contingent who had embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 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][3].​
  • Awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during the raid [4]
  • His death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 79 of 1984.
Sources

WILCOCK, Richard

Richard Wilcock 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal Richard Wilcock, 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 he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

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

WILKES, Frederick

Fred Wilkes 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Frederick Wilkes, 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 he was later 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 WO392/1.

WILLIAMS, G.J.

50ME Commando

Fusilier G.J. Williams was reported missing on 2nd June 1941 during operations in Crete. Later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 in Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/27.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

WINTERBURN, Martin Henry

Martin Winterburn MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Gunner Martin Winterburn, No.6 Commando 1 Troop, from Lincolnshire, was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his escape after he was taken prisoner of war at Mateur, Tunis, on Thursday 19 December 1942. He had been wounded in the elbow at the time. Initially imprisoned in Italy, he was transferred to POW Camps including Stalag V111B at  Lamsdorf and Blechhammer. His final escape was on 25 June 1944 from a working party at Oppeln in Germany. [2]
 

WRIGHT, Robert Ernest

No 12 Commando

Corporal Robert Wright was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown 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 WO417/44.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

YOUNG, Arthur

No 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Arthur Young, 6 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished serviceduring the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27th March, 1942.  Embarking on board motor launch ML 192 he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag V111(b). 
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