Special Service Brigade
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Lance Sergeant John Beckett, Brigade Signals 2 Section, died in a road traffic collision along with two others.
Captain Bennett, a veteran of the First World War, was Adminsitrative Officer of the Special Service Brigade HQ. His death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 43 of Sept. 1966 where Major General Sir Robert Laycock, K.C.M.G., C.B., D.S.O., wrote this appreciation about him:
Signalman Arthur Burns, Brigade Signals 2 Section, died in a road traffic collision along with two others.
Second Lieutenant Joseph Charles Haydon was commissioned into the Irish Guards 21 December 1917 . On the 8th June 1939 now a Major, and Military Assistant to the Secretary of State for War, he was appointed O.B.E.
Lance Corporal Andrew Paterson, Brigade Signals 2 Section, died in a road traffic collision along with two others.
Captain James Pirie, Royal Engineers, was attached to 2 Special Service Brigade at the time of his death.
During this period the Brigade were involved in operations against the German garrison on the Island of Brac.
Captain William Pritchard MC died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 457.
Lieut. Thomas was from Maclear in the Transkei, South Africa. The South African Legion website records him as attached to the RM Commandos, 4th Special Service Bde., during the allied landings at Normandy, and that he recieved shrapnel wounds to his leg. He was awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services in operations in North West Europe." (Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36846, page 5809, and Supp. 36895, page 417.)
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