No 4 Independent Company

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4 Independent Company

In April 1940 HQ 55th (West Lancs) Division issued Divisonal Operation Order 5 authorising the formation of No.4 Independent Company.  At the time the 55th Divsion was a two Brigade Motor Division consisting of units from the 164th and 165th Brigades.
 
164 Brigade consisted of the 9th Bn. Kings Regiment, 1/4th Bn. and 2/4th Bn.  of the South Lancs. Regiment;
165 Brigade consisted of the 5th Bn. Kings Regiment, 1st Bn. and 2nd Bn. of the Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders.
 

ASHCROFT, Arthur

L/Cpl Ashcroft was wounded and taken POW at St Nazaire.

Posted 25/4/40 to 'X' Company 1st Liverpool Scottish before volunteering for the Independent Companies. He was attached to No 4 (Liverpool Scottish) Platoon of No 4 Independent Company based at the time in Paignton. Then joined No 2 Commando 5 troop on its formation in Feb.1941. He was injured and captured during Operation Chariot - St Nazaire on the 28/29th March 1942.

BLISSETT, Harry Harold

Maj. Blissett 2 commando
Major Blissett served as a Captain in No 4 Independent Company and No 2 Commando. He was appointed Brigade Major in the 1st Special Service Bde in preparation for DDay.  In 1945 he received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36994, page 1558.)
 

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.
 

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.

PEACHEY, Frederick

Fred Peachey MM and bar
LSgt. Fred Peachey served with the Independent Companies and No 2 Commando. He was a Private in 4 troop,  and later a Lance Sergeant later in 1 troop.
 
The then Corporal Peachey was awarded the Military Medal for "Gallant and distinguished services in Italy". 
 
LSgt. Peachey was later awarded a Bar to his Military Medal for "Gallant and distinguished services in Italy". 
 
His death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 82 of March 1986.

PROCTOR, John David

John David Proctor 2 Commando
Commissioned into the Camerons (1st Liverpool Scottish)  on the 10th February 1940,  2/Lt Proctor first volunteered for the Independent Companies joining No 4 Ind.Coy. In February 1941 he was a Lieutenant in 5 troop, No 2 Commando
 

ROY, Donald William

Captain Donald Roy DSO

The then Private Donald William Roy (late Cadet, Fettes College Contgt., Jun. Div., O.T.C.). received his commission into the Liverpool Scots TA on the 17th June 1939. He was mobilised in August 1939 and posted to the 2nd Battalion. He volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No 3 Platoon,  No 4 Independent Company. In May 1941 he and the rest of No 4 Ind. Coy sailed as part of Scissor Force to Norway (Operation Avonmouth).   When they returned he was posted to 'B' Coy. No 1 Special Service Bn.


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