The Fallen from 3 Commando

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 188 of 188

ALDERSON, John

No 3 Commando
Captain John Alderson MC, OC 6 troop,  died during the fighting at Leese, 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."
 
Citation

BAKER, Fred

No 3 Commando

Lance Corporal Fred Baker, 1 troop,  died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

BOYLE, Francis

No 3 Commando

Corporal Francis Boyle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BROSTER, John

No 3 Commando

Private John Broster died as a result of operations at Dieppe. 

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BUTLER, Brian Dear

No 3 Commando
Major Brian Butler MC died [1] at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded [2]. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst a Troop Captain for gallant and distinguished services on the 4th October 1943 at Termoli, Italy [4].
 
Sources:
[1] CWGC
[2] No 3 Commando War Diary dated 11th June 1944.

CAMPBELL, Leslie

No 3 Commando

Guardsman Leslie 'Jock' Campbell, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1]. The grave where he was first buried is shown in a film taken at Pegasus Bridge on the 28th July 1944 and now on the IWM website [view film]. [2].

CARTER, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Gunner Thomas Carter died in a boating accident at Largs.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 06 June 1942
Gunner Thomas Carter, Royal Artillery, fourth son of Mrs. L. Carter, of Scotton, near Richmond, has been drowned at Largs, Scotland. Carter, a Commando, and Mr. John Ramage, son of a member of the Paisley Police Force, were in a small boat which overturned. Ramage, who was able to swim, was rescued. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

CHILLINGWORTH, Albert Edward

No 3 Commando
Private Albert Chillingworth died in the UK of wounds inflicted during operations at Normandy.
 
  • Enlisted 4 November 1940.
  • Posted Commando Depot 12 October 1942. 
  • Joined No 3 Commando 11 November 1942.
Sources
CWGC
Extract from service record in gallery entry.
[Image] His nephew Alf Austin.
 

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1][2][3][4]
  • July 1943 wounded Sicily [5].
  • 28 March 1942 (Lance Corporal) (No.3 Commando) took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML307 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [6].
Sources
[1] CWGC

COLBERT, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal Thomas Colbert died during operations at Linne, Germany.
 
An entry in the War Diary states "1502 hrs; 10 shells (88mm) on Area LINNE from brg 40 degrees 749861  LCpl COLBERT wounded in 6 tp area when delivering mail - died on way to hospital."
 
Sources
CWGC
No. 3 Cdo War Diary 8th Feb. 1945. National Archives file ref WO 218/83.
 

CONYARD, James

No 3 Commando
Gunner James Conyard died during operations at Cassibile, Sicily.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

CORRY, Samuel David

No 3 Commando
Captain Samuel Corry died during operations at Dieppe. He had been Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 35510, page 1506.
 

DAY, James Henry

No 3 Commando

Lance Bombardier James Day died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

EVANS, Gwilyn

No 3 Commando

Private Gwilyn Evans died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

FERGUSON, Bryan Gratney

No 3 Commando
Private Bryan Ferguson died in the UK on 22 February 1994 of wounds inflicted on 5 October 1943 during operations in Italy, this date being that of Operation Devon at Termoli.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.
 

FOWLE, Charles

No 3 Commando

Gunner Charles Fowle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GILES, John Frederick

No 3 Commando

Captain John Giles, 3 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. He had served with No 3 Commando since their first raid on Guernsey.

John Giles received his first commission into the Gloucestershire Regiment and won the heavy-weight boxing championship of the Army Southern Command. He also played rugby for Clifton Rugby Football Club.

His brother 2/Lt. Bruce Giles also served in No 3 Commando and was at Vaagso.

GREEN, Edward

No 3 Commando

Gunner Edward Green died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GREIG, Charles

No 3 Commando
The circumstances of the death of Private Charles Greig are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in India and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3 Commando.  This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos. 42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.  
 

GRIEVE, Garfield

Private Garfield Grieve
No 3 Commando
Private Garfield Grieve died during operations at Termoli.
 
In 2013 the CVA received the following communication from a Dr. John McLeod.
"I was never in the army, but I knew Garfield Grieve well - very well, because we shared the same double desk in Standard 5 at St Aidans C.E. Elementary School in Mill Hill, Blackburn. I was an overweight ten - or maybe eleven year old, my mother was a seamstress and dressmaker whose father bought her a small draper's shop, so was busy with funeral orders in 1917-8.

HANKINSON, Edward

No 3 Commando

Private Edward Hankinson died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HARPER, Leslie

Sgt Les Harper 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Leslie Harper died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). [1]+[2].
 
Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Saturday 28 August 1943.

HAYES, Harry

No 3 Commando

Private Harry Hayes died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HERN, Gordon

No 3 Commando

Private Gordon Hern died during early Italian beach reconnaissance. 

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HINDE, Fred

No 3 Commando

Private Fred Hinde died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HODGSON, George

No 3 Commando
Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 
Citation for the award of the Military Medal

HOWARD, Edward John

No 3 Commando
Private Edward Howard died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

HUGHES, Charles Richard

No 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Charles Hughes, 2 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. The incident where he was shot is described in the book Storm from the Sea by Brig. Peter Young.
 
Service Record entries
27/1/40 Posted as a Lance Corporal to 309 ITC (Infantry Training Centre) at Blandford Camp, Dorset
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC appointed Acting Corporal (unpaid). 
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC now appointed paid Acting Corporal 
24/5/40 whilst at 309 ITC granted War Substantive rank of Corporal

HUTCHINGS, John Middleton

2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Original grave of 2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Second Lieutenant John Hutchings died [1] during operations in the area of Maasbracht and Brachterbreek, Netherlands.
 
The No 3 Commando War Diary entry for 23rd January 1945 at Maasbracht: "2400hrs  3 Troop patrol returns. Lieut J.M Hutchings, RWF's killed. Patrol met Mortar fire and MG fire.  729859."
 

KENWARD, Peter John

Peter John Kenward
No 3 Commando
Lieutenant Peter Kenward, B.A., died during operations at Dieppe [1].
 
Gunner Peter John Kenward, late Cadet Sgt. Bradfield College contingent June Div., OTC, was commissioned on the 2nd September 1939 [2].
 
He joined No 3 Commando on the 17th August 1942, embarked with them for Dieppe on the 18th, and was killed in his landing craft on the 19th. Brigadier Durnford-Slater described him as "A fine young officer."[3].
 

KIAER, Eric Arnold

No 3 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
No 4 Independent Company

Lieutenant Eric Kiaer died [1] during the Normandy landings. He had previously received an MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in the field. [2]"

KNILL, Ivor Richard

No 3 Commando
Private Ivor Knill died during operations in Le Plain Gruchet, France.
 
Whilst the actual circumstances of his death are not known by this archive,  No 3 Commando, with the rest of the 1st Special Service Brigade, were engaged at the time in an operation in the area of Le Plain Gruchet to infiltrate enemy lines and continue the offensive towards the Seine.
 
Sources
CWGC.

LANE, William

No 3 Commando

Lance Corporal William Lane died during operations at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

LEA, Charles

Grave of Pte Charles Lea
No 3 Commando

Private Charles Lea died during operations at Termoli.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

LEESE, Lincoln

No 3 Commando
Captain Lincoln Leese died during operations at Termoli after an enemy shell hit the building they were using as Commando HQ. He had previously lost an eye after being shot during operations at Malati Bridge whilst Captain of 1 troop.
 

LLOYD, William Eric

No 3 Commando

Captain William Lloyd, 4 troop, died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He received a posthumous MiD in recognition of galland and distinguished services in the field.

MACKENZIE, Thomas

No 3 Commando

Private Thomas MacKenzie died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MCCAUGHAN, James Andrew

No 3 Commando
The circumstances of the death of Sergeant James McCaughan are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in Myanmar and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3Commando. This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos.42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.
 

MCGERTY, Francis

No 3 Commando

Sergeant Francis McGerty died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MURRAY, Hugh

No 3 Commando
Fusilier Hugh Murray died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MURRAY, James Gardner

No 3 Commando
Private James Gardner Murray was killed during operations at Vaagso. [1]
 
Second Lieutenant Bruce Giles wrote to his parents "l was with your son at the time, and he met his death like a soldier and a gentleman. Thank God it was instant." [2]
 

PEEL, Clifford

No 3 Commando
Gunner Clifford Peel died in a firing range accident at Fort de L'Eau, Algeria. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2, author Brig. Durnford-Slater.
 

PIENAAR, W. F.

No 3 Commando
Lieutenant Pienaar, seconded to No 3 Commando from the South African Forces, died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He had been taken prisoner during the action, but with a group of others managed to escape thier captors.

POOLEY, John Bertram Vaughan

No 3 Commando
Major John Pooley MC died during operations at Normandy. 
 
He had been promoted from the rank of Gunner in the Royal Artillery (TA) to be 2/Lt from the 10th January 1940.  After joining No 3 Commando he was awarded the Military Cross whilst a T/Captain in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sicily.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazettes Publication date:  5 January 1940; Supplement:  34768; Page: 147.

RILEY, John

No 3 Commando
Private John Riley died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

SARGENT, Charles Edward

No 3 Commando
Gunner Charles Sargent died of gunshot wounds.  
 
Sources
CWGC.
No 3 Cdo War Diary 1942 ref WO/218/34.
 
Notes
This Archive does not know the full circumstances, eg. where, how, battle, training, accident, etc.  We do know that shortly before his death No 3 Commando had taken part in the Vaagso raid.
 

SMITH, Joseph

No 3 Commando
Gunner Joseph Smith died as a result of a ricochet from a bullet, or a fragment of stone or other hard material, cast up from the strike of a bullet in the course of military training.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No 3 Cdo War Diary June-Dec. 1940, ref WO/218/3.
 

STEWARD, John Arthur

No 3 Commando
Private John Steward died of wounds received in September 1943.  He had been hospitalised from then until December when the Commando embarked for the UK, arriving back in Liverpool on the 4th January 1944.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The No 3 Commando War Diary.
Photo - His nephew Alan Martin.

VASEY, Godfrey

No 3 Commando
Sergeant Godfrey Vasey died during early Italian beach reconnaissance.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando by Brig. John Durnford-Slater.
 

WADSWORTH, Hubert Samuel

No 3 Commando

Gunner Hubert Wadsworth, known as 'Micky', died during operations at Dieppe.

Gunner Wadsworth was attached to No 3 Commando on the 4th July 1942. Having survived the attack from German convoy and landing at Berneval (Yellow Beach 1) with Capt R. L. Wills of the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry they reached the cliffs when Capt Wills was shot in the throat and passed out. Captain Wills, who was taken prisoner, the following year wrote to family to explain that Gunner Wadsworth's dead body was bought into a dressing station the morning after the raid.  

WHITTLES, Graham

Private Graham Whittles 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Private Graham Whittles died during operations at Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
No. 3 Commando War Diary 
14 July 1944 Chateau D'Amfreville 
2310hrs - Intelligence Officer returns from 4 Troop patrol area.  Patrol was withdrawn after evacuation of casualties.  Enemy position mortared by Captain Pollard to finish withdrawal.  Tpr Whittles killed, Lt Weedon, L/S McDonald, and Tpr Barlow wounded.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WOODCOCK, Mark

No 3 Commando

Lieutenant Mark Woodcock died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was Officer in Charge of a demolition team on Motor Launch ML 262.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

Storming St. Nazaire, author James Dorrian.


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