No 3 Commando ROH

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ALDERSON, John

Captain John Alderson MC, OC 6 troop,  died during the fighting at Leese, Germany. He had rejoined No.3 Commando after being wounded in the knee at Amfreville during the Normandy landings. He was awarded the Military Cross "In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy."
 
Citation

BAKER, Fred

Lance Corporal Fred Baker, 1 troop,  died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

BOYLE, Francis

Corporal Francis Boyle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BUTLER, Brian Dear

Major Brian Butler MC died [1] at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded [2]. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst a Troop Captain for gallant and distinguished services on the 4th October 1943 at Termoli, Italy [4].
 
Sources:
[1] CWGC
[2] No 3 Commando War Diary dated 11th June 1944.

CARTER, Thomas

Gunner Thomas Carter died in a boating accident at Largs.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 06 June 1942
Gunner Thomas Carter, Royal Artillery, fourth son of Mrs. L. Carter, of Scotton, near Richmond, has been drowned at Largs, Scotland. Carter, a Commando, and Mr. John Ramage, son of a member of the Paisley Police Force, were in a small boat which overturned. Ramage, who was able to swim, was rescued. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

CHILLINGWORTH, Albert Edward

Private Albert Chillingworth died in the UK of wounds inflicted during operations at Normandy.
 
  • Enlisted 4 November 1940.
  • Posted Commando Depot 12 October 1942. 
  • Joined No 3 Commando 11 November 1942.
Sources
CWGC
Extract from service record in gallery entry.
[Image] His nephew Alf Austin.
 

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations on D Day. 
 
Sources
CWGC
No 3 Cdo War Diary.
Storm from the Sea by Peter Young.
Fighting with the Commandos by Stan Scott No. 3 Cdo. 3 troop.

COLBERT, Thomas

Lance Corporal Thomas Colbert died during operations at Linne, Germany.
 
An entry in the War Diary states "1502 hrs; 10 shells (88mm) on Area LINNE from brg 40 degrees 749861  LCpl COLBERT wounded in 6 tp area when delivering mail - died on way to hospital."
 
Sources
CWGC
No. 3 Cdo War Diary 8th Feb. 1945. National Archives file ref WO 218/83.
 

CORRY, Samuel David

Captain Samuel Corry died during operations at Dieppe.
 
He had been Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Supp. 35510, page 1506.
 

DAY, James Henry

Lance Bombardier James Day died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

EVANS, Gwilyn

Private Gwilyn Evans died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

FERGUSON, Bryan Gratney

The circumstances of the death of Private Bryan Ferguson are not known to this archive.
 
Notes
At the time of his death No 3 Commando were back in the UK and billeted in Worthing. They were engaged in training for the invasion in June, and spent time away at other places such as CTC Dorlin for this.
 

FOWLE, Charles

Gunner Charles Fowle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GILES, John Frederick

Captain John Giles, 3 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. He had served with No 3 Commando since their first raid on Guernsey.

John Giles received his first commission into the Gloucestershire Regiment and won the heavy-weight boxing championship of the Army Southern Command. He also played rugby for Clifton Rugby Football Club.

His brother 2/Lt. Bruce Giles also served in No 3 Commando and was at Vaagso.

GREEN, Edward

Gunner Edward Green died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GREIG, Charles

The circumstances of the death of Private Charles Greig are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in India and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3 Commando.  This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos. 42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.  
 

GRIEVE, Garfield

Private Garfield Grieve
Private Garfield Grieve died during operations at Termoli.
 
In 2013 the CVA received the following communication from a Dr. John McLeod.
"I was never in the army, but I knew Garfield Grieve well - very well, because we shared the same double desk in Standard 5 at St Aidans C.E. Elementary School in Mill Hill, Blackburn. I was an overweight ten - or maybe eleven year old, my mother was a seamstress and dressmaker whose father bought her a small draper's shop, so was busy with funeral orders in 1917-8.

HARPER, Leslie

Sergeant Leslie Harper 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Leslie Harper died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). [1]+[2].
 
Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Saturday 28 August 1943.

HAYES, Harry

Private Harry Hayes died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HERN, Gordon

Private Gordon Hern died during early Italian beach reconnaissance. 

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HINDE, Fred

Private Fred Hinde died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HODGSON, George

Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 
Citation for the award of the Military Medal

HUGHES, Charles Richard

Lance Sergeant Charles Hughes, 2 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. The incident where he was shot is described in the book Storm from the Sea by Brig. Peter Young.
 
Service Record entries
27/1/40 Posted as a Lance Corporal to 309 ITC (Infantry Training Centre) at Blandford Camp, Dorset
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC appointed Acting Corporal (unpaid). 
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC now appointed paid Acting Corporal 
24/5/40 whilst at 309 ITC granted War Substantive rank of Corporal

HUTCHINGS, John Middleton

2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Original grave of 2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Second Lieutenant John Hutchings died [1] during operations in the area of Maasbracht and Brachterbreek, Netherlands.
 
The No 3 Commando War Diary entry for 23rd January 1945 at Maasbracht: "2400hrs  3 Troop patrol returns. Lieut J.M Hutchings, RWF's killed. Patrol met Mortar fire and MG fire.  729859."
 

KENWARD, Peter John

Peter John Kenward
Lieutenant Peter Kenward, B.A., died during operations at Dieppe [1].
 
Gunner Peter John Kenward, late Cadet Sgt. Bradfield College contingent June Div., OTC, was commissioned on the 2nd September 1939 [2].
 
He joined No 3 Commando on the 17th August 1942, embarked with them for Dieppe on the 18th, and was killed in his landing craft on the 19th. Brigadier Durnford-Slater described him as "A fine young officer."[3].
 

KNILL, Ivor Richard

Private Ivor Knill died during operations in Le Plain Gruchet, France.
 
Whilst the actual circumstances of his death are not known by this archive,  No 3 Commando, with the rest of the 1st Special Service Brigade, were engaged at the time in an operation in the area of Le Plain Gruchet to infiltrate enemy lines and continue the offensive towards the Seine.
 
Sources
CWGC.

LEESE, Lincoln

Captain Lincoln Leese died during operations at Termoli after an enemy shell hit the building they were using as Commando HQ. He had previously lost an eye after being shot during operations at Malati Bridge whilst Captain of 1 troop.
 

MACKENZIE, Thomas

Private Thomas MacKenzie died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MCCAUGHAN, James Andrew

The circumstances of the death of Sergeant James McCaughan are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in Myanmar and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3Commando. This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos.42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.
 

MCGERTY, Francis

Sergeant Francis McGerty died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MURRAY, Hugh

Fusilier Hugh Murray died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MURRAY, James Gardner

Private James Gardner Murray was killed during operations at Vaagso. [1]
 
Second Lieutenant Bruce Giles wrote to his parents "l was with your son at the time, and he met his death like a soldier and a gentleman. Thank God it was instant." [2]
 

PEEL, Clifford

Gunner Clifford Peel died in a firing range accident at Fort de L'Eau, Algeria. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2, author Brig. Durnford-Slater.
 

PIENAAR, W. F.

Lieutenant Pienaar, seconded to No 3 Commando from the South African Forces, died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He had been taken prisoner during the action, but with a group of others managed to escape thier captors.

POOLEY, John Bertram Vaughan

Major John Pooley MC died during operations at Normandy. 
 
He had been promoted from the rank of Gunner in the Royal Artillery (TA) to be 2/Lt from the 10th January 1940.  After joining No 3 Commando he was awarded the Military Cross whilst a T/Captain in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sicily.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Publication date:  5 January 1940; Supplement:  34768; Page: 147.

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