The Fallen from 9 Commando

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 102 of 102

BASSETT-WILSON, Paul Francis

Paul Bassett-Wilson MC
No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC died during operations with No.9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1].
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College [2], he had earlier served as a Lieutenant in No.12 Commando. 
  • 27/28 March 1942 (Lieutenant) (No.12 Commando) embarked on Motor Launch ML443 as part of the raiding force for Operation Chariot at St Nazaire.  He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.[3].
  • 4 September 1943 posted from No.12 Commando to No. 9 Commando [4].

BEARDMORE, Thomas

RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Regimental Sergeant Major Tom Beardsmore died during operations at Mount Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy [1][2].
 
Before the war commenced, whilst a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Bn., North Staffs., he was amongst a group of service personnel whose names were brought to notice by the General Officer Commanding the British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan, in recognition of distinguished services rendered in connection with the operations in Palestine during the period, 12th September, 1937 to 31st March, 1938 [3].
 

BISSET, George Davidson

Lt Bisset 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Lieutenant George Bisset died of wounds whilst a Prisoner of War in German hands during operations in Italy [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].
 
Extract from the Aberdeen Press and Journal

BLACKHURST, John

No 9 Commando
Rifleman John Blackhurst died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a postumous Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36886, page 328.
 

BROWN, Charles Gilbert

No 9 Commando
Private Charles Brown died as a result of an accident on board a ship. At the time of his death No 9 Commando were engaged in operations by the Pelopenese peninsula, Greece. They were transported to various locations on HMS Prince David. 
  • The War Diary for 9 Commando records that on the 28 Sept 1944 at 1000 hrs, 1 OR received battle accident and died on board ship 1440 hrs. Casualty Lists confirm this was Private Brown.

Sources
CWGC.
No.9 Commando War Diary.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/84.

BURGESS, Leslie

No 9 Commando

Lance Corporal Leslie Burgess died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

CAMPBELL, Kenneth Norman

No 9 Commando

Captain Kenneth Campbell, 4 troop,  died on the 9th September 1941 of injuries received in a m/c accident that occurred on the night of 5th September. A court of inquiry was held on the 11th September and his funeral took place on the 12th September 1941. One Officer and one NCO from each troop and the R.S.M. attended. Sergeants acted as pallbearers. No 4 Troop provide Firing Party .

Sources
CWGC
Casualty Lists 1939-45 /National Archives file WO417/2.
9 Cdo. War Diary 9-12th Sept 1941 ref  WO218/27 (National Archives.)

COUPE, Leonard

No 9 Commando
Lance Sergeant Leonard Coupe died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of "gallant and distinguished services in Italy." 
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 36886, page 318.
 

DEANS, James

No 9 Commando
Corporal James Deans died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457. 
 
Sources

DUNCAN, Ronald

No 9 Commando

Lance Corporal Ronald Duncan died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.  He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

GIBSON, James Lang

No 9 Commando

Captain James Gibson died of injuries received in a mine explosion at Anzio on the 24th June.

Sources
CWGC
No 9 Cdo War Diary, National Archives WO218/69.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/6.

Notes
The 9 Cdo War Diary entry refers to a Lt. G. Gibson. The CWGC shows Capt. J.L. Gibson. The Field Return of Officers of 9 Cdo. dated 3rd June 1944 records 210963 Lt. J.L. Gibson RASC (joined the unit 24/4/1944.). His name does not appear on the July list.

GRIEVE, John Fletcher

No 9 Commando

Private John Grieve was accidently killed by a mine on Portland Range whilst training. A Court of Inquiry was held on the 20th May and reconvened on the 29th May 1943. Pte Grieve had apparently previously served in No 6 Commando.

Sources
CWGC
9 Cdo War Diary 15-29th May 1943 ref WO218/55 (National Archives).
Casualty List 1939-45 /National Archives file WO417/61.
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.

KINGSBURY, Harold Sidney

No 9 Commando
Sergeant Harold Kingsbury MM died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
  • 1939 (Lance Corporal) (1st Bn., Border Regiment) awarded the Military Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in Palestine." 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 34607, page 1765.
 

KITHER, Harry Thomas

Lt Kither 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Captain Harry Kither MC, from Longcot Shrivenham near Swindon, died during operations at Lake Comacchio and the Argenta Gap. He had been awarded the Military Cross "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 37162, page 3494.
England & Wales Government Probate Death Index.
 

MACINNES, Neil

No 9 Commando
Neil Macinnes was the Regimental Sergeant Major of No 9 Commando at the time of his death. The No 9 Commando War Diary for January 10th 1942 records the following "2974803, R.S.M. McINNES N, died of self inflicted gunshot wound."
 
Sources
CWGC
9 Cdo War Diary 10 Jan 1942 ref National Archives WO/218/38.
 

MATTHEWS, Leslie James

Pte LJ Matthews 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Private Leslie Matthews, from Blackpool, was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. 
A former pupil of Baines Grammar School, Poulton, he worked for the Ministry of Health before joining the Army in 1940. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

RICHARDSON, John

No 9 Commando

Sergeant John Richardson died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/73.

SCOTT, Michael

No 9 Commando
Lieutenant Michael Scott died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/6.
 

TATLER, John

No 9 Commando
Private John Tatler, 5 Troop, died during operations at Anzio.
 
Notes
Email sent to CWGC as Commando service shown in their Grave registration and headstone archives are not reflected in their main entry.
 

THOMSON, Donald

No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
Private Donald Thomson died from a gunshot wound. Court of Enquiry returned a verdict of accidental death. Casualty List records his Unit as No.6 independent Company [see notes].
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/23.
No 9 Cdo War Diary 23rd March 1941 - unit location Criccieth. National Archives file WO/218/27.
 
Notes

URQUHART, Robert Rose

Pte Robert Urquhart 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Private Robert Urquhart, 5 troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1][3][4].
  • 3 March 1944 wounded during operations at Anzio [2][5] [see Linked Content below].
  • Evacuated as casualty to the UK [4][5]
  • 20 March 1945 rejoined 5 troop in Italy [4][5].
  • 2 April 1945 killed in action at Lake Comacchio [3][4].
Sources
[1] CWGC.

WADE, Leonard Alfred

No 9 Commando

Lance Sergeant Leonard Wade died during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

His name is on the score sheet of a boxing match between No 9 Commando and No 6 Commando on the 26th June 1942.  View it in our No 6 Commando gallery. You will also see a photo of the Boxing team however we are unsure which man is in fact LSgt Wade.

His name is also on a Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito.

WATSON, Alexander G.

No 9 Commando

Private Alexander Watson died as a result of an accident.  He died in Dumfries Royal Infirmary. The following day a Court of inquiry was held at the Drill Hall Kirkcudbright to enquire into the circumstances under which he met this death. The result of this enquiry is not known. He was buried on the 23rd October 1941, the burial party comprising 1 full rank NCO and 6 men from 5 troop who acted as Bearers. 

Sources
CWGC
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/33.
No 9 Cdo War Diary 20-23 Oct 1941 / National Archives file WO218/27.


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