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

BALL, Joseph

Funeral of Fus. Joseph Ball No 4 Commando

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.]

A report into the shooting written in 2012 by Jack Bakker can be found here [View report.]

BARRASS, Nicholas William

Lieutenant Nicholas Barrass died during operations at Flushing.
Whilst engaged in a house clearance, he was killed by a sniper who fired from an adjacent building. The author of the book below describes him as being "a tall quiet spoken policeman, who had played football for Gateshead. "
(Source: Swiftly They Struck by Murdoch C. McDougall who served as a Lieut. in No 4 Commando.) 

CHITTY, John Albert

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.


Private Henry Donkin, 'F' troop,  a veteran of Dunkirk, was shot and killed whilst engaging the enemy during operations at Flushing.
The Fighting Fourth by Maj James Dunning.

ELMS, Frank

Second Lieutenant Frank Elms died during operations at Normandy.

The No 4 Commando War Diary records
"5th to 6th July 1944 Place: Hauger - A patrol under Lieut. Elms proceeded to recce the BOIS DU BOISSON - GONNEVILLE ROAD for the purpose of observing enemy movements and locating any possible new dispositions for the intended fighting patrol that was to put in an attack in that area at night. Lieut. Elms had the misfortune to be hit and severely wounded when approaching the FDLs and later died."

HOODLESS, Donald Samuel

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.

LAUX, Pierre

Pierre Laux 4 Commando
Private Pierre Laux died during operations at Flushing, Holland.
A full report after the operation records the following under 3 Troop, page 24:
"The distance between the harbour area and the first objective, BRAEMAR, was covered as fast as possible, and the first objective was reached at first light, 0700 hours. On the way to the first objective Gnr. Harvey was killed by enemy MG fire.

MACKENZIE, Alistair Campbell

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.
He received his commission to 2/Lt on the 2nd October 1939. The entry in London Gazettes shows his first name spelt as Alister.


Original grave of Cpl Maybury 4 Commando
Corporal John Maybury, 2 troop, was shot and killed during operations codenamed Intemperate 1 and 2, against the  German occupied island of Schouwen, Holland. 
His death is referred to in the book The Fighting Fourth by Maj. Dunning as "an ex-guardsman and one of the Commando's star footballers, who had been with the unit from its earliest days."
(Operation source: No 4 Cdo War Diary/Report by Capt. K. Wright No 4 Cdo. IO)

MERCER, Duncan Thompson

Lance Corporal Duncan Mercer died 5 days after operations at Dieppe. He has no known grave.

Stephen, son of Bill Lewis 3 Commando, adds, "He was in 4 Commando on the Varengeville Battery Raid. He is commemorated at the Brookwood Memorial in Surrey and at the little church in Varengeville- sur-Mer. He worked with my mother as a greengrocers delivery boy and then joined the Kings Regiment. He was very popular and terribly missed."

PARK, John

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.

View an entry about this Commando on our Forum Sgt John Park No 4 Commando.


Joe Pasquale 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Joseph Pasquale, a veteran of Dieppe, died when a mortar shell exploded near him during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Joseph was the son of Joseph Pasquale (Snr) and Winifred (nee Tunney) of Liverpool. He was born in 1919, and married Jean Marion Lucille (nee Carter) in Lewes, Sussex in 1943. Joseph is commemorated on the family headstone in Ford Cemetery, Liverpool. The inscription on his headstone in Hermanville War Cemetery reads: "Sweet and treasured memory of my darling husband who gave his life on D-Day".


Private John Sievewright died during operations at Normandy after volunteering to go forward to assist his seriously injured troop officer Captain Style.
The Fighting Fourth by Major James Dunning.


Gunner Fred Smith died of wounds during operations at Normandy on DDay. He received a posthumous MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in Normandy."
London Gazettes Supp. 36720, page 4474.


Pte John Stoddart 4 Commando
Private John Stoddart died during operations at Flushing, Holland.
John 'Jack' Stoddart enlisted on a short service engagement with the Royal Scots (s/n 26333) on the 23rd October 1920 aged 17 years. He served in India from the 18th February 1922 until the 10th April 1926. He was discharged on the 22nd October 1932. On the 6th November 1939 he re-enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers TA and was then transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He then volunteered for No 4 Commando.

SUTTON, George Henry

George Sutton 4 Commando
Private George Sutton 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. "
Commando Veterans Archive entry for Pte Sutton.

TUCKER, George Arthur

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."

WALKER, Alfred John

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.
Intelligence Report quoted in a forum message HERE.

WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Arthur Ward died during operations at Normandy.
He served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war. His three brothers also served in the Armed Forces, and his sister nursed in a military hospital.
CVA Gallery newspaper cutting.

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