The Fallen from 4 Commando

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 93 of 93

BAILEY, Lionel James

No 4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Lionel Bailey, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

BALL, Joseph

Funeral of Fus. Joseph Ball No 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Irish Fusiliers
Died on war service

Fusilier Joseph Ball was shot and killed in circumstances that remain to this day somewhat lacking of any official acount.  It is believed that the fatal shot was fired by a patrol of the Dutch Navy.

Photos of his funeral are in our gallery.  [Go to gallery.]

BARRASS, Nicholas William

No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Nicholas Barrass died during operations in Holland. Whilst engaged in a house clearance at Flushing he was killed by a sniper who fired from an adjacent building. Commissioned from the ranks as Second Lieutenant on 2 October 1943.

BURNESS, Michael Frederick

No 4 Commando
Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Michael Burness died during operations at Normandy on D Day. 
 
His brother 129290 Lt. Arthur Donald Burness also died serving with the Royal Artillery,  attd. 661 A.O.P. Sqdn. Royal Air Force.
 
Source: CWGC
 

CHITTY, John Albert

No 4 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Sergeant John Chitty, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.
 

COULSON, Garnett

No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Garnett Coulson died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

CRAIG, George McKinlay

No 4 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Rifleman George Craig died of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/76 and WO417/81.
 

DONKIN, Henry

No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Henry Donkin, 'F' troop,  a veteran of Dunkirk, was shot and killed whilst engaging the enemy during operations at Flushing.
 
Sources
CWGC
The Fighting Fourth by Maj James Dunning.
 

ELMS, Frank

Lieutenant Frank Elms 6 Commando
Frank Elms and his wife Joan on wedding day
No 4 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Frank Elms died during operations at Normandy, France.
A serving Police Officer in Northampton he volunteered for the Armed Forces in 1941 serving in the Royal Air Force before joining the Commandos.
Extract from the No 4 Commando War Diary

FRASER, George

LSgt George Fraser MM No 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Lovat Scouts
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant George Fraser MM, 'A' troop, died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
Recommendation for Military Medal

GOFF, Samuel Watson

Samuel Goff 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Samuel Goff, 'C' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was reported wounded and missing during operations in Normandy, later reported died of wounds.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80 (2 reports).
Linked Content below.
 

GULVIN, Peter James

No 4 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Peter Gulvin died of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/76/77.
 

HAIG-THOMAS, David

No 4 Commando
No 14 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant David Haig-Thomas,  No. 4 Commando 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. [1].
  • Appointed to 1 troop No.14 Commando on 3 December 1942 on formation of the unit. No.1 troop was the canoe troop. [2].

HINDE, Albert Leslie

No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Bombardier Albert Hinde from Sheffield died as a result of an accident in Scotland. He was attested into the Royal Artillery on 17 February 1930 and had served in India and later at Dunkirk with the British expeditionary Force. After joining No.4 Commando he took part in the Lofoten Islands raid.

HOODLESS, Donald Samuel

No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Donald Hoodless, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.
 

LAING, David

Sgt Laing 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant David Laing, 'E' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Normandy.

LAUX, Pierre

Pierre Laux 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Pierre Laux died during operations at Flushing, Holland.
 
A full report after the operation records the following under 3 Troop, page 24:

MACKENZIE, Alistair Campbell

No 4 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lieutenant Alistair Mackenzie died in an accident at Troon.
 
Educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, he entered the University to take Economics, and became an enthusiastic member of the O.T.C., distinguishing himself in shooting. He took part in the Lofoten Islands raid.
 

MAYBURY, John

Original grave of Cpl Maybury 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Corporal John Maybury, 2 troop, was shot and killed during Operations Intemperate 1 and 2, against the German occupied island of Schouwen, Holland [1][2][3]
  • June 1944 (Lance Corporal) (No.4 Commando) wounded at Normandy [4].

MOSS, John

No 4 Commando
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
Killed in action or died of wounds

John Moss, serving under the alias of Taylor, died during operations at Dieppe.

MULLEN, Brian Joseph

No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Brian Mullen died during operations at Normandy on DDay. A talented artist and photographer LCpl Mullen had previously taken part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids. 

MUNNS, Leonard Cyril

No 4 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Leonard Munns died during operations at Normandy, France.
The son of Mrs. E. J. Munns, of Leicester, Leonard was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 Leonard was a Probationary Police Constable residing at 83 Checketts Road, Leicester.
 
Sources

NOTMAN, John

No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Notman died during operations at Le Hauger, Normandy.
Extract from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard 
Published Saturday 15 July 1944

PARK, John

No 4 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Sergeant John Park was a veteran of the Dieppe raid. At the time of Sgt. Park's death units from his Commando were engaged on raids along the French coast (Hardtack raids). It is believed he may have drowned during one such raid at Gravelines, France.

PASQUALE, Joseph

Joe Pasquale 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Joseph Pasquale, a veteran of Dieppe, died when a mortar shell exploded near him during operations at Normandy on DDay.
 

SADLER, William Jack

No 4 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Sadler died in the UK of wounds received during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
 

SHAW, Frank

No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Frank Shaw, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

SIEVEWRIGHT, John

No 4 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Sievewright, 'C' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France, after volunteering to go forward to assist his seriously injured troop officer Captain Style.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Fighting Fourth by Major James Dunning.
Linked Content below.
 

SKINGLEY, Sidney

No 4 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Sidney Skingley, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

SMALLMAN, Sydney

Sydney Smallman 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Sydney Smallman died during operations at Normandy on DDay.

Sources
CWGC.
[Image] From family via Forum posting by Stephane Saint-Martin.

SMITH, Fred

No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Fred Smith died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in Normandy."
 
Source
CWGC
London Gazette 36720, page 4474.
 

SUTTON, George Henry

George Sutton 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private George Sutton, from Hull, died during operations at Dieppe. In a letter to his parents Lord Lovat wrote, " Your son fought magnificently and died in the hour of victory. No man can do more. He is a credit to his Commando and his Country. " 
A former pupil of Scarborough Street School, he had been in the Army for over 2 years.

TUCKER, George Arthur

No 4 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman George Tucker died during operations at Dieppe.
 
Commonwealth War Grave Commission inscription
"Killed in action and buried at the time in Ste. Marguerite-Sur-Mer Churchyard whose grave is now lost. Their glory shall not be blotted out."
 

TYSON, Robert

No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert Tyson, 'C' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

WALKER, Alfred John

No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Alfred Walker, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Flushing.
 
It was while marshalling the prisoners into loading parties that L/Sgt. A. J. Walker was fatally wounded by a shell which burst on the Oranje Molen promontory.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WALL, Jack

No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Jack Wall died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
 

WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Arthur Ward died during operations at Normandy, France.
Arthur served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war and volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. 
In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 74 Springfield Road, Wolverhampton.

WELLESLEY-COLLEY, Phillip Anthony

Lieutenant Wellesley-Colley
No 4 Commando
South Nottinghamshire Hussars, Royal Horse Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Phillip Anthony Wellesley-Colley died during operations at Normandy, France.
1929 to 1936 attended Downside School.
1937 joined the South Nottinghamshire Hussars T.A.
1940 posted to the Middle East. Injured and hospitalised playing rugby after which he volunteered for the Commandos.
 
Sources

YOUNGMAN, Ronald Herbert

No 4 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ronald Youngman died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
 
Note
His age above is that shown on the CWGC record, however his family state he was only 19 when he died.
(Source: His son Ron.)
 

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