Mentioned in Despatches

HOPSON, Donald Charles

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.

HUMBLE, William McLean

LSgt Humble served in 5 troop of No 2 Commando.
Citation for the Military Medal:
Gulf of Salerno 13th September 1943
On September 9th on the Salerno Road, Pte Humble engaged at 100yds an advancing Mk111 Special enemy tank which was shelling the house from which Pte Humble was sniping.


Pte Humphreys was killed during operations in North Africa.

He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Africa."
Source: London Gazette Supplement 36180 page 4227.

JOHNSON, Philip Kemble Walter

Capt Johnson was the author in 1946 of a small but most detailed and informative book  issued to all who served in 46RM Commando titled The Story of 46 Commando Royal Marines. In the forward to the book Lt Col. Hardy gives thanks to Capt. Johnson, Capt. Buglear and Sgt. Barrow for their contribution in the preparation and distribution of the book.

KIAER, Eric Arnold

Lt Kiaer was killed during the Normandy landings.
He had previously received an MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."
Award Source: LG Publication date: 25 April 1944; Supplement: 36486; Page: 1927

MACDONALD, Edward Armstrong

Sub Lieut. Macdonald was serving with H.M.S. Royal Scotsman and No. 7 Beach Commando at the time of his death [Source: CWGC]
Awarded a posthumous MiD for "distinguished services in operations, carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy, which led to the capture of the Island of Elba." [Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36783, page 5088.]

MARTIN, Arthur

Capt. Martin, Signals Troop, and one of the original 3rd RM Bn., officers, was killed during operations at Kangaw.
Sources: CWGC
44RM Commando Achnacarry to the Arakan by Tony Mackenzie


The full circumstances of the death of Cpl. McKenna are not known to this archive. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in policing operations in liberated Corfu.
He received a MiD for "devotion to duty during operations in the Mediterranean theatre covering a period from 1st April to 10th September, 1944."
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36979, page 1386.)


Born in 1908; educated at Liverpool College and Oxford University; worked for his father's firm of solicitors, 1935; joined Supplementary Reserve of Officers, Irish Guards, 1936; joined 1 Bn, Irish Guards, 1939-1942, and served in Norway; transferred to special services No 4 Commando, 1942; took part in Dieppe Raid, Aug 1942; Lt Col, 1943; Commanding Officer, No 6 Commando, North Africa, 1943; Brig, 1944; commanded 1 Special Service Bde (later 1 Commando Bde), North West Europe, 1944-1945; accepted the surrender of FM Erhard Milch at Neustadt, May 1945; retired from Army, 1945; commanded 12

PETERS, Richard James McGregor

Lt Peters, 2 SBS 'B' Group, was killed in action whilst leading a small reconnaissance operation to gather intelligence from villagers on the strength and disposition of Japanese forces on the other side of a bridge across the River Irrawaddy in the area of Pakkoku-Pagan. He was accompanied by 2 Corporals and an Interpreter.
Unfortunately the inhabitants of one of the huts were armed Japanese Inspired Fifth Columnists and in the ensuing firefight Lt Peters was killed.


The full circumstances of the death of Capt. Richards are not known to this archive.
He  was the son of Frank Branson Richards and of Harriet Louise Richards (nee Bowman), of San Francisco, California, U.S.A. His brother John Edward also fell.
(MiD Source: LG Publication date: 13 June 1944; Supplement: 36563; Page: 2856.)

ROBSON, Thomas

Marine Thomas Robson died in an accident in Hong Kong. He had previously received a MiD for "outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."
nb. Commando title was redesignated this year.
Royal Marines Association
Naval History website


Douggie Roderick volunteered for No 3 Commando when it was first formed in 1940.  He was badly burned during the Vaagso raid when a phosphorous bomb hit thier boat. It was during this action that he received a Mention in Despatches.*
After his recovery in hospital he rejoined No 3 Commando serving with them until receiving a severe head wound in March 1944 which ended his Commando service.

ROLFE, Julian Dudley

Pte. Rolfe was killed during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

An entry in London Gazettes Supp. 36886, page 325 lists Private J.D. Rolfe as receiving a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy."

SCHOOLEY, Ralph Gerald

Capt. Schooley, 'B' troop, was killed during operations on the enemy held island of Brac, Yugoslavia. He receieved a MiD for "outstanding service whilst operating with the Allied Armies in Italy."

​Commando Subaltern at War by Lt W.G. Jenkins DSO
London Gazettes Supp. 36903, page 518.


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