Special Service Brigade / Group
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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:
Captain Philip Dunne, Special Service Bde. HQ., was awarded the MC for his gallantry during the Salerno Landings.
Salerno Bay 9-16 September 1943
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.
Captain Robert Montgomery along with fellow Royal Engineer, Captain William Pritchard, had been instrumental in the initial planning and training of the demolition teams for the St Nazaire raid. He was in charge of the demolition teams on board HMS Campbeltown and was taken prisoner after the raid.
Captain William Pritchard MC died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 457.
Major General Robert Grice Sturges, a veteran of WW1, commanded the Special Service Group from August 1943.
5 July 1940 (Colonel) (Royal Marines) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of his service as Commander of 'Force Sturges' to establish a base on Iceland .
19 May 1942 (Acting Major General) (Royal Marines) appointed a Royal Marine Aide-de-Camp to The King .
December 1942 Joint Commander of British Forces in Madagascar (121 Force)
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