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ALDERSON, John

Captain Alderson MC, OC 6 troop,  was was killed during the action at Leese in 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."
 

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BASSETT-WILSON, Paul Francis

Capt. Bassett-Wilson MC was killed during operations with 9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College, 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.
 
He was awarded the MC in 1944 for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy."

BEADLE, Ian Nigel Neville

Major Ian Beadle MC 45RM Commando
Formerly Captain of 'E' troop, Ian Beadle was awarded the MC in 1945, whilst Acting Temporary Major with 45RM Commando for " distinguished service while operating with the Army in NW Europe."  (Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36947, page 998, and Supp. 36992, page 1507.)

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

Captain Graeme Black DSO, MC, was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven Commandos of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

He was awarded the MC in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations, against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.

He was awarded the DSO in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.

BLAKE, John Philip

Capt Blake MC 43RM Commando
Capt. Blake MC was killed during operations against the enemy held island of Brac.
 
He had been awarded the MC for " leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Italy."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36583, page 3040.)
 

BOYLE, Richard

Major Boyle MC was killed serving with the 1st Black Watch during operations at the River Rhine crossing having left the Commando. (1) 
 
He had previously served as Captain of 'D' Company,  'D' Bn.  Layforce, and was one of those who escaped from Crete after the ill fated action there. (2)
 
In 1942 he was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East. (3)
 
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BURN, Michael Clive

Capt. Burn MC 2 Commando
Captain Michael Burn, 6 troop, was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished service during the raid at St Nazaire.  He was i/c of the commando contingent on board ML 192 and was taken prisoner after the raid.
 

BUTLER, Brian Dear

Major Butler MC was killed at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. He and five others were killed. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others wounded. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross whilst a T/Captain for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy".
 
Sources: No 3 Commando War Diary dated 11th June 1944.
London Gazettes publication date 25th January 1944; Supplement 36349; Page 518.
 

CARR, Richard Philip

Capt. Carr, 1 troop, was attached to the Commandos from the Royal Artillery. He was taken prisoner of war early in 1942 and, despite several escape attempts, remained in captivity for the remainder of the war.
 
He was awarded the MC whilst serving as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Artillery for 'gallant and distinguished services in action' at Dunkirk.
(Sources: London Gazettes Supp. 34931, page 5201.)
 

COLLINS, Peter Stratford

Lieut. Collins MC, 'A' troop, was killed during operations against the German held island of Schouwen, Holland.

He was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
(Sources: The book DDay Commando by Ken Ford and London Gazettes Supp. 37549, page 2087.)
 

DAVIDSON, Douglas Malcolm

Capt.D.M. Davidson MC
Captain Douglas Davidson MC died of wounds sustained on the 14th March whilst leading a patrol and being engaged by the enemy. The location for the entry recorded in the War Diary shows Sidi es Siah. (Source: No 1 Commando War Diary March 1943.)
 
He was awarded the MC for his gallantry in North Africa. (Source: London Gazette Supplement 35987, page 1846.)
 

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the MC  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during 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.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493
St Nazaire Society website.
 

DUNCAN, George Ian Alistair

Lieutenant George Duncan served in No 11 Commando. We have a possible photo of him in our gallery which we would like verified by family in due course.

His gallantry medals were awarded after leaving the Commando and whilst he was further attached to the Special Boat Section *.

In addition there is reference in a book to a Lt Duncan MC as being a prisoner of war in Camp 21, Chiete, Italy in 1943. **

EMSLIE, Hamish Brian

Hamish Brian Emslie, a former Captain in the Royal Marines, was killed in a rocket propelled grenade attack whilst serving as a Major with the Northern Frontier Regiment of the Sultan of Oman Armed Forces.
 
Earlier, whilst a Lieutenant in the Royal Marines, he was awarded the Military Cross for "Distinguished Service in operations in Malaya".
[Source: London Gazette supp. 39215 published on the 27 April 1951. Page 3.]
 

FLUNDER, Daniel John

Captain Daniel Flunder MC

Captain Daniel Flunder was awarded the MC for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [1]. He became the Adjutant and Commander of  'A' Troop of 48 RM Commando [2].

The death of Major Daniel John Flunder OBE, MC, VRD (48 RM Cdo) of Helston, Cornwall, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 102 issued March 1996.

FYNN, Francis West (Lt Col)

Lieutenant Colonel Francis Fynn 2 commando
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Fynn 2 Commando
Lieutenant Colonel Francis West Fynn became the Commanding Officer of No 2 Commando from June 1944 after Lt Col Churchill was taken prisoner of war. 
 
A former Lance Sergeant in the Royal Artillery T.A., he was appointed Second Lieutenant on the 23rd December 1939 [1]. On the 11th July 1942 the then Lieutenant Fynn was posted from the RA to the Gordon Highlanders [2]
 

GRAY, Thomas Malcolm (Lt Col)

Post WW2 and now with the rank of Colonel, Thomas Malcolm Gray DSO, MC, died whilst serving at HMS President.
 
In World War Two he was Commanding Officer of 41RM Commando on D Day and later Commanding Officer of 46RM Commando during the River Rhine crossing. He was awarded the MC whilst  Captain (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel) of 41RM Commando.
 

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HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo

Lt Henderson 2 Commando
Major Henderson MC, 2 Special Service Brigade, was killed during operations in Italy.
 
On the 8th May 1940 he transferred from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry to the Royal Engineers retaining his seniority as 2/Lieutenant.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 34843, page 2701.)
 
​He was awarded the MC whilst a Captain (T/Major)  in No 2 Commando at Salerno.

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HOOPER, Richard Henry

Capt Richard Hooper MC 2 Commando
Captain Hooper was awarded the MC 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 raid he was in charge of an assault squad on ML 156, badly wounded, and evacuated back to the UK.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36251, page 5062
St Nazaire Society website
Storming St Nazaire, author James Dorrian.

HOPSON, Donald Charles

Donald Charles Hopson
Donald Hopson was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers which later converted to an armoured unit of the Royal Armoured Corps. He served in No 3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade in both Italy and NW Europe . His last rank whilst in the Commando was T/Major.
 
Post war he had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service. He held posts of Ambassador to countries such as Laos, China, Venezuela, and Argentina. He was subsequently knighted.
 

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Lieutenant (T/Captain) Clifford James,  2 Cdo. Bde. Signals, was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [1]

He later additionally received a MiD for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [2]

The death of Major Clifford James, 2 Brigade Signals, of Bristol, Avon., was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Joseph Blundell

Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson - Houghton MC was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He is generally referred to as Joseph Houghton. The family often used the shortened surname of 'Houghton' . 

He took part in Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire, being i/c of the protection squad for the demolition team on ML443. This was one of only 3 m/l's that would make it back to the UK. Later he was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

KITHER, Harry Thomas

Lt Kither 9 Commando
Capt. Kither MC was killed during operations at Lake Comacchio and the Argenta Gap.
 
He was awarded the MC "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3494.)
 

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