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10 Cdo Roll of Honour 'X' tp.

                                                         The Fallen from 'X' Troop
Lieut. K.J. GLASER
WO1 RSM. E.W. NATHAN
Officer Cadet G.A. BARTH 
Sgt.  E. KAGERER-STEIN
Sgt.  O.  HESS 
Sgt . E.   VOGEL 
Cpl.  G.M.  FRANK 
Cpl.  S.  WEICH
LCpl. H.  ARENSTEIN 
LCpl. W.  AUERHAHN
LCpl. K.W.  GUMPERTZ
LCpl. E.R.  LENEL
LCpl. K.  MEYER

10 Commando Nominal Roll

In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units. 

A partial nominal roll for Dieppe

The following list contain the names, ranks and numbers of the officers and men of No4 Commando who participated. It also includes some from No 10 (IA) Commando Free French  and 'X' troop, and others including some US Rangers, who were attached to the Commandos for the raid.
It does not contain those from No 3 Commando and 40RM Commando as no such full list of names has been found. 
 

A speech by Colin Anson No.10(IA) Cdo 3tp

A transcript of a speech by Colin Anson on the 4th September 2007 at the Imperial War Museum about his experience as a member of No 10 (IA) Commando 3 troop. The speech was given by Colin when he attended a reunion of refugees from Nazism who served in the British Forces in WW2. This took place at the Imperial War Museum on 4th September 2007.  In 2010 Colin Anson granted his permission for us to display his speech on our website.
(nb. click on his name above for more information.)
 

ABRAHAMOWICZ, Richard George

No 10 Commando
Richard Abrahamowicz was of the Jewish faith and served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop,  of the inter allied commando under the alias of Richard Arlen. He was killed assaulting an enemy machine gun position during operations with 45RM Commando at Franceville Plage, Normandy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
10 Commando, author Ian Dear.
Jewish Virtual Library.
 

ARENSTEIN, Hans

Hans Arenstein 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
47RM Commando

Hans Arenstein served under an alias of Harry Andrews. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando.  He was attached to 47RM Commando at the time of his death.

47RM Commando War Diary
10th August 1944
Place: Sannerville
Lt Whenham and 33 ORs joined cdo.  Lt Whenham posted to Q Tp. 

11th August 1944
Place: Sannerville
Lt Borne and 1 OR killed on enemy minefield.

AUERHAHN, Werner

No 10 Commando
Werner Auerhahn served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Peter Vernon Allan WELLS. He was killed by a mine during operations in Italy and was the first casualty of the troop. 
 
Wriiten on the headstone of his grave are the words "He volunteered and died for freedom ever in the loving memory of his parents."
 
Sources:
The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens, author Helen Fry.

COATES, John Gordon

No 10 Commando
30 Commando Assault Unit
1942 Intelligence Officer No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando.
1943 Operations Officer 30 Commando AU Italy and Corsica
1944 Special Operations Executive.
Captain John Coates, attached SOE, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
Recommendation
"Captain Coates was dropped by parachute into Hungary on September 13th, 1944 in command of a small group with a special mission. Through the arrest of one of his party he was captured and imprisoned.

Document about No.10 (IA) Cdo 3 Troop

Type: Files
Author: Martin Sugarman BA, Cert Ed. Archivist, Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women
Year of Publishing: 2000
Keywords: 10 inter allied commando,x troop,miscellaneous troop,jewish troop,pioneer corps

3 troop, also referred to as the miscellaneous troop and X troop, consisted solely of German speaking refugees most being of Jewish Faith. They included different nationalities, primarily German and Austrians, but also Hungarians and Czech's.

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GLASER, Kurt Joachim

Grave of Lt Griffith 10 Commando
No 10 Commando

Kurt Joachim Glaser served in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, under the name of Keith James Griffith.  He was shot and killed by a sniper during operations with 1 Special Service Bde. to cross a railway bridge over the River Aller near the town of Essel.

GUMPERTZ, Kurt Wilhelm

No 10 Commando
Kurt Gumpertz died during operations in Normandy with No 4 Commando.  He served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Kenneth Graham. 
 
Source:
CWGC
10 Commando, author Ian Dear.
 

HARRIS, Ian Walter

Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando
No 10 Commando

Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

HILTON-JONES, Bryan

Captain Bryan Hilton-Jones 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
Captain Bryan Hilton-Jones, No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando, was the commander of 3 troop, also known as 'X' Troop. He was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during a series of covert operations codenamed Tarbrush along the North coast of France in the middle of May 1944 gathering vital intelligence in preparation for D Day [2]

LANE, George

Lieutenant George Lane 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
George Lane, born Lanyi, a Hungarian national of the Jewish Faith had been a freelance journalist before the war and came to England in 1935 aged 20. When war was declared he immediately attempted to join the Grenadier Guards.  After initially being served with a deportation order as a "friendly alien" this order was rescinded and he was permitted to join the Pioneer Corps. Subsequently he joined the Special Operations Executive but later declined to take part in SOE operations in Hungary and was released. From there he joined the Commandos.
 

LENEL, Ernst Richard

No 10 Commando
Ernst Lenel, who was of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Ernest Lawrence.  He was reported missing whilst attached to No 3 Commando after a solo intelligence gathering patrol at Amfreville. 
 
Sources:
Ten Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 

LEWINSKY, Max

No 10 Commando
Max Lewinsky died in a landing craft with Ernest Weinberger [more...] during operations at Normandy on D Day. He served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Max Laddy, and was one of their medical orderlies. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

MEYER, Kurt

LCpl Peter Moody 3tp10Commando
No 10 Commando

Kurt Meyer served under an alias of Peter Moody. He was of the Jewish Faith and a member of 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando. He was killed during operations in Normandy whilst attached to 47RM Commando.

NATHAN, Eric William

RSM Nathan 3 tp No 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
Eric Nathan, who was of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as  'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Eric William Howarth. He was killed during operations at Osnabruck Germany.
 

NATHAN, Ernst

No 10 Commando
Ernst Nathan, who was of the Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Ernest Norton.  He died during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources:
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 
(nb. not to be confused with RSM E.W. Nathan of 3 troop.)
 

OPPELT, Gustav

No 10 Commando
Gustav Oppelt was a refugee from Czechoslavakia (Sudeten German) and was killed during operations at Dieppe. For this raid he was attached to 'X' troop, of  No 10.

Personnel List No.10(IA) Cdo. 3 Troop

Type: Files
Author: Martin Sugarman BA, Cert Ed. Archivist, Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women
Year of Publishing: 2000
Keywords: 10 inter allied commando,x troop,miscellaneous troop,jewish troop,pioneer corps

3 troop, also referred to as the Miscellaneous troop, X troop, and, post war, as the Jewish troop, consisted solely of German speaking refugees most being of Jewish Faith. They included different nationalities, primarily German and Austrians, but also Hungarians and Czech's.

POLLASCHEK, Otto Israel

No 10 Commando
Otto Israel Pollascheck, born in Vienna and of Jewish Faith, served in 3 Troop No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando under the alias of A.C.Turner. He was attached to No.3 Commando during the advance through North West Europe. 
1 December 1939  exempted from internment.
Nationality: German.
Police Registration Certificate number 764138.
Residing Easington Northleach Gloucestershire..
Occupation: Farm Labourer.
21 January 1949 UK Naturalisation.

RICE, C.

No 10 Commando
Pte. Rice served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando. There is little known of him apart from a reference in the 10(IA) Commando War Diary for the 19th August 1942 recording the fact that he went on the Dieppe raid and did not return.  We have yet to find an official record of his birth name nor any confirming his death.
 

SAUNDERS, George Victor

George Saunders 10 Commando
No 10 Commando
Private (later Sergeant) George Saunders was reported missing in France on 9 June 1944, later reported a prisoner of war in German hands [1][5].
  • Served in No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 Troop ( aka 'X' Troop) [1][3][4][5].
  • Birthname Georg Victor Frederick Otto Wilhelm Felix SALOSCHIN [6][2].
  • 31 December 1946 Naturalization Certificated issued address shown as Elgin, Morayshire [2][2a][2b].

THEILINGER, Jan or Johan

No 10 Commando
Pte. Theilinger was a Sudetan Czech from Mikolov.  He was baptised a Catholic and later in life could speak numerous languages. He served in the  International Brigade in Spain; the Pioneer Corps; joined10 Commando 3 troop aka 'X' troop; new identity John Taylor , new Regiment -The Buffs, new s/n 6305478.
 
Serious injuries after an accident with a phosphorous grenade at Littlehampton resulted in his discharge from active service. 
 
Sources 

WEICH, Salo

No 10 Commando

Salo Weich, an Austrian of Jewish faith, served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under an alias of Robert Geoffrey Hamilton. He was killed during operations with 41RM Commando at Walcheren.

WEINBERGER, Ernest George

No 10 Commando
Ernest Weinberger was of the Jewish faith and served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Ernest Webster. He was killed in a landing craft with Max Lewinsky [more...] during operations in Normandy on D Day.
 
Sources
CWGC.
10 Commando, author Ian Dear
Jewish Virtual Library.
 

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