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1 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. 

1 Commando Operations

These are the main operations that No 1 Commando took part in, either on their own, or as part of a Combined Operations assault. They are in date order and form part of our overall history of No 1 Commando. No 1 Commando were part of 3 Commando Brigade during the Burma Campaign. Many of the documents we have for this period are related to more than one single commando unit and are listed jointly in the document 3 Commando Brigade Operations in Burma.

Click on the links for more detail about each.

Operation Chopper

1 Commando War Diaries

Transcripts taken from the War Diary for No 1 Commando covering specific periods. They are basic transcripts for private research and educational use only. Whilst we always endeavour to achieve accuracy, we acknowledge that there may be dates and/or entries missing, and other possible errors, The actual War Diaries can be found at the National Archives in Kew.

1 Commando, Documents

Documents and maps relevant to No 1 Commando. These include reports on specific actions, orders of the day, troop reports, newsletters, and other items. Some of these documents are transcripts taken from official records covering specific periods. They are basic transcripts for private research and educational use only.

1 Commando, Memorial Service

Document from John Mewett,  transcribed by Elaine Southworth-Davies. Source: National Archives  WO 218/81. 
Note: 12 Troop is thought to have been a short lived merger due to numbers of 1 and 2 Troops.
[Source: Henry Brown OBE.]
 
MYEBON 4th FEBRUARY 1945
Memorial Service for the Fallen and Wounded Officers and Men of No. 1 Commando during operations on Myebon Peninsula and the Kangaw Bridgehead, January 1945.
 

1 Commando, Operation Bizerte Plan and Structure Dec'42

No. 1 Commando:  Operation Bizerte

Appendix 1:  December 1942

Authors:  Various

Copy of original document supplied by:  John Mewett

Transcribed by:  Jennie Barlow

Maps will be added later to this War DIary segment

The report is divided into the following headings:

1.         Intention

2.         Objects

3.         Plan

            (a)  Navy

            (b)  Army

4.         Execution of Plan

5.         Attainments of Objects

6.         Information

1 Commando, Troop reports Op Bizerte Dec 1942

No. 1 Commando:  Operation Bizerte

Appendix 1:  December 1942

Troop Commanders reports

Authors:  Various

Copy of original document supplied by:  John Mewett

Transcribed by:  Jennie Barlow

NA Document ….no Ref Number

TROOP COMMANDERS' REPORTS

Lt. D.H. Cowap (Capt. Morgan's Troop)

Bad landing; wireless set drowned and we had no W/T communication for the whole operation.  Left beach 0245 hrs. on D.1.

3 Commando Brigade, Burma Operations

Saturday, January 1, 1944

Location

Myanmar
21° 54' 50.274" N, 95° 57' 22.4028" E
The reports at the foot of this page relate to the operations of the Commando Units attached to 3 Commando Brigade that took place after the 1st January 1944.
 
Link of interest
There were a large number of casualties in the Burma Campaigns, both battle and illness.
Lieutenant Colonel R. Wigglesworth, M.B., B.S. Lond., Royal Army Medical Corps, wrote an excellent article titled

ABBOTT, Leslie William

No 1 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Sergeant Leslie Abbott served in No.1 Commando. Post war he was commissioned and was serving in 5 Regiment, Royal Artillery in the 1970's [1][1a].
  • 15 June 1974 (Captain QM) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].

AIRD, William

No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Private William Aird was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma [1].
Recommendation
"At Kangaw Hill 170 (Map ref. 5154? , Myebon sheet 1/25000) on 23 Jan 45 Pte Aird was the bren gunner in a trench which bore the brunt of a fierce Jap night counter attack. 

ANDREWS, Alfred Archley

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Alfred Andrews died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.

A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he had volunteered as part of one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was Police Constable 704K at Walthamstow Police Station.

ANNETTS, George Henry

No 1 Commando
Corporal George Annetts was reported missing during operations in North Africa 2 March 1943, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/58; WO417/59.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ANSELL, Arthur James

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Arthur Ansell died during operations in North Africa. 

A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was married and serving at the Police Station, 12A Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London.

ASHWORTH, James Kenyon

No 1 Commando
James Ashworth was a serving Police Officer from Sussex who volunteered for the Commandos. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 116 The Gardens, Southwick, Sussex. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 98 issued March 1994.

BAGOT, Henry Hunter

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Henry Bagot died during operations at Bizerte, Tunisia. He was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered as part of the Police Intakes. Henry joined the Manchester Police on 19 December 1940.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Manchester Police Index 1812-1941 (First names listed as Harry (Henry Hunter).

BAKER, Albert

No 1 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Albert Baker D.C.M., died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
Recommendation
"Throughout the period 26th February to 4th March 1943 during which time his Troop were constantly engaged with the enemy, the above N.C.O. has at all times shown the highest powers of leadership, courage and devotion to duty.

BAKER, Herbert Valentine

Herbert Valentine Baker 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Herbert Baker died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
He was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. Herbert was the son of Albert and Harriet Baker, and husband of Beatrice Ellen Baker, of Handsworth, Birmingham.

BALE, John Henry

No 1 Commando
Private John Bale was reported missing 2 December 1942 during operations in North Africa (Tunisia), later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy [1][1a].
1943 escaped from captivity to a neutral country [2][2a].
1944 repatriated back to the UK [3].

BARNES, Ernest

Bombardier Ernest Tag Barnes
Tag Barnes 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Bombardier Ernest Barnes, known as 'Tag' and from Sheffield, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma [1].
 
Recommendation

BARNES, Norman Alfred George

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Norman Barnes died of wounds in North Africa [1].  At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Bizerte, Tunisia.
Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary 6-8 December 1942
6 Dec.1942 - Unit returned to TABARKA (under troop arrangements) from Operation

BARTER, George

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner George Barter died during operations in North Africa.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/59.
RA Casualty Cards.
 

BEAR, Dennis

Sgt Dennis Bear 1 Commando
No 1 Commando

The death of Sergeant Dennis Bear (1 Cdo) of Feniscowles, Nr. Blackburn, Lancs, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 82 issued March 1986.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 82.
Burma Star Association membership list.
 

BEATTIE, James Simpson

No 1 Commando
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Queen's Police Medal
Corporal James Beattie was awarded the Military Medal in 1943 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [1].
1 April 1944  commissioned Second Lieutenant from O.C.T.U. [2].
1967 (Chief Superintendent, Edinburgh City Police) awarded the Q.P.M. [3]. 

BEECH, James Frederick

No 1 Commando
Died on war service

Private James Beech,  HQ 3 Special Service (Commando) Bde., reported initially by the War Office to have died a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, died in Poona Hospital, India, a victim of infantile paralysis. [1+2]

On the 31st January 1945 he is listed as being wounded whilst with No 5 Commando. [3]

BENNION, Thomas James

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Thomas Bennion died of wounds received during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
He was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing in Stoke on Trent.

BENTLEY, Donald

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Donald Bentley died during operations in North Africa. He was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes.
In 1939 he was a Policeman residing at 74 Farthing Avenue Scunthorpe. He is amongst those named on the WW2 Memorial Plaque located at Lincolnshire Police HQ, Deepdale Lane, Nettleham, West Lindsey, Lincolnshire.

BIDDESCOMBE, E.

No 1 Commando
Lance Bombardier Biddescombe, HQ Troop, was wounded on 31 January 1945 during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.
Linked Content below.
 
Notes

BISHOP, Ronald, C.

No 1 Commando
Private Ronald Bishop was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945 / National Archives file WO417/43.

BLEAKLEY, Charles

No 1 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Fusilier Charles Bleakley was accidentally killed by gunshot wound (instantaneous) at Bunarkaig, Achnacarry.  He was seen after death by Capt. J.E. Symondson RAMC, the Medical Officer at the Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC). 

BOWMAN, Thomas Horne

No 12 Commando
No 1 Commando
Lieutenant Thomas Bowman served in No.12 Commando ( Para Troop) and then No.1 Commando 6 Troop in the Far East.
Post war he had a business in Camberley Surrey and was also an actor. He had a role in the "My Fair Lady" New York Broadway Revival which ran from March 25, 1976 to February 20, 1977.

BOYCE, James Wesley R.

James Boyce 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private James Boyce, 4 Troop, died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of his gallant and distinguished service.
 

BRADFORD, John Meller

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Bradford from Swansea died [1] during operations at Bizerte Tunisia. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Afric

BUNT, R.M.

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Private R.M. Bunt received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36180, page 4227.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 2.
 

BURDEN, Stanley Percival

No 1 Commando
Served in the HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Exeter, Devon.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.
Image of No1 Commando News Letter 27 Feb 1944 in No.1 Cdo. Gallery.
Register of Deaths in Devon in 2001.

BUTLER, Ronald Herbert

No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Ronald Butler was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown and was a prisoner of war after the raid.
Recommendation

CANN, John Henry

No 1 Commando

John Henry “Aga” Cann, born c1908 son of George (Boarding House keeper) and Emma Cann of  St Josephs, Swansea. Married Cardiff 1936. Attested 5.7.1926 into the Welch Regt Regulars at Swansea for 7 years with the Colours and 5 years Reserve service. Age: 18 years 208 days. Trade: Tin worker.  Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded without gratuity under Army Order of 31 December 1945.

CARREL, Ian Vincent

No 1 Commando
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Ian Vincent Carrel, Captain in No. 1 Commando, received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma [1].  He was appointed C.B.E. on the 7th June 1974 whilst Senior Technical Adviser, Ministry of Defence [2].
 

CHAMBERLAIN, W.W.Robert, J.

No 1 Commando

Lance Sergeant Bill Chamberlain was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been wounded, taken prisoner, and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

COLEMAN, Charles Jack

No 1 Commando
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Charles Jack Coleman served in No. 1 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade*.
  • 19 November 1939 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Welch Regiment [1].
  • 25 August 1947 (Welch Regiment) (2nd Lt. ) (War Subs. Lt.) promoted Captain, Royal Scots Fusiliers [2].

COLEMAN, Harold James

No 1 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Troop Sergeant Major Harold Coleman died in Caernarvonshire and Anglesey Infirmary as a result of injuries received whilst rock climbing.
R.S.M. Cann [more....] and three T.S.M.'s were amongst those in attendance at his funeral. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

COWAP, Dalton Hayton

No 1 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Dalton Hayton Cowap MC, known as George [1], served in 4 troop, and was wounded during operations at Myebon in January 1945 [2].  In 1943 whilst a Lieutenant in No 1 Commando he had been awarded the M.C. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [3].
 

CROWE, James

Jim Crowe MM 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant James Crowe was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Arakan Burma on the 23rd November 1944.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36994, page 1546.
National Archives file WO373/36/306.
 

DAVIDSON, Douglas Malcolm

Capt.D.M. Davidson MC
No 1 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Douglas Davidson MC died of wounds sustained on the 14th March whilst leading a patrol and being engaged by the enemy. The location for the entry recorded in the War Diary shows Sidi es Siah. (Source: No 1 Commando War Diary March 1943.)
 

DOCKERILL, Arthur Henry

No 1 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Arthur Dockerill was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during the raid at St Nazaire. Part of a demolition team on board HMS Campbeltown led by Lieutenant Chant [2], he was later imprisoned in Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf , Poland [3].
 
Sources

DOWNEY, John Joseph

Sgt John Downey MM 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Warrant Officer 2 John Downey was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Kangaw, Burma [1]. He was wounded during the operation [2].
  • Attested into the Royal Artillery 25 April 1936 [3].
Recommendation

DURRANT, Sgt. Thomas Frank, VC

No 1 Commando
Victoria Cross (VC)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire.  He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. 

War Office 19th June 1945

For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun in H.M. Motor Launch ML 306 in the St. Nazaire raid on the 28th March, 1942. 

EVANS, Clifford Gregory

No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Clifford Evans was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36785, page 5131 published 9 November 1944.
 
Additional references found

EVANS, E. Michael

No 1 Commando
Acting Lance Sergeant Evans took part in the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 and was reported missing after the raid, but was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner. He was later transported to Stalag 357 at Fallingbostel, Germany.
 
Sources

GARDNER, James Willis

No 1 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Captain Gardner received a Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. During his 2 years of service in the Far East he served as Adminstration Officer for No.1 Commando, and as Acting Major in 3 Commando Brigade HQ in the role of Quartermaster General. He was appointed M.B.E.

HIGHAM, Walter

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Walter Higham, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Styal, Cheshire.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 381 dated 10 January 1946.

HOLLIDAY, David James

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant David Holliday received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in North Africa." 

Sources
London Gazette 36180 page 4226.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 57 issued September 1973.

HOLM, A.

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Private Holm received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. Post war member of the Commando Association with whom they lost contact, last known address in Denmark.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 382.
Awards in 3 Cdo Bde Jungle Book issue 9.

HOOK, Maurice

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Private Maurice Hook received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in North Africa." 

Sources
London Gazette 36180 page 4226.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 92 issued March 1991.

HOPKINS, A.J.

No 1 Commando
Private A.J. Hopkins was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner [2]

HUMPHREYS, James

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private James Humphreys died of wounds during operations in North Africa. He received a posthumous MiD for gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

Sources
CWGC
London Gazette Supplement 36180 page 4227.
 

HUNTINGTON, John, Memories of No 12 and No 1 Commando

Type: Personal Papers
Author: John Mewett
Year of Publishing: 2015
Keywords: Memories of Sgt John Huntington 'E' Troop No 12 Commando and 3 Troop No 1 Commando

Sgt John Huntington was in E Troop No 12 Commando and 3 Troop No 1 Commando.

This document is Johns memories as detailed in letter form over the course of 5 years to John Mewett. Unfortunately before the project was complete JH died but what was related makes for a very interesting first hand account of life in a commando unit.

KIAER, Eric Arnold

No 3 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

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

KLONOWSKI, Theophilus Henry

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Theophilius Klonowski, Signal Section, died when Captain Craven's troop engaged an enemy patrol at approximately 0600hrs during operations at Beja, North Africa. 
 
Sources
CWGC
National Achives ref  218/49 - No 1 Cdo War Diary entry for 1st Jan. 1943.
 

LINES, Ronald James

Lance Corporal Ronald Lines 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ronald Lines , 6 troop, died during operations at Kangaw. More information is in the book Commando Diary written by his friend Tag Barnes.
 
Sources
CWGC
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book [view].

LLEWELLYN, Fred

Corporal Fred Llewellyn 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Fred Llewellyn died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.
Service Record 
17 January 1940 enlisted King's Shopshire Light Infantry.
27 April 1940 to No.9 Independent Company.
8 November 1940 to No.1 Special Service Battalion.

LLOYD, Edmund John

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Edmund Lloyd died in Burma during operations at Kangaw.

A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he had volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at the Police Section House 470 Caledonian Road, London.

LLOYD, Leonard

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Leonard Lloyd was reported missing presumed killed, before later being confirmed as killed in action [1][1a].
His name is recorded in the Programme for the Winchester Reunion of No 1 Commando . This entry lists his name under " Killed or died of wounds as a result of action on the occupied French coast" [2].

LOGAN, Alex

No 1 Commando
Corporal Alex Logan served in No.1 Commando. Post war member of the Burma Star Association. In 1973 he was the Force Training Officer, Aberdeen Police.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 56 issued March 1973.
Burma Star Association Membership form.
 

MASSEY, Walter Charles

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Sergeant Walter Massey received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Southampton.

Sources
London Gazette 36180 page 4226.
Obituary in Commando Association newsletter 48 issued March 1969.
 

MCNEIL, John

No 1 Commando

Former Corporal John McNeil (1 Cdo) was killed by an explosion at the Waunyclun Colliery, Trimsaran, S. Wales. (Source: Commando Association newsletter 35.)

MOORE, G.A.N.

No 1 Commando

Lance Sergeant G.A. Moore was reported missing during operations in North Africa 2 March 1943, found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 4B.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/59.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

MORGAN, Harold Rees

Captain Harold Rees Morgan 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Harold Morgan from Llanelly died [1] during operations at Bizerte Tunisia. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Africa." [2].
 
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 22 December 1942

NIAS, David

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant David Nias was the Intelligence Officer for No.1 Commando. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. In February 1945 he took command of 5 Troop.
 
Sources
No.1 Commando War Diary - Hill 170 (Linked Content below).

PAUL, Haydn Bertram

No 1 Commando
Gunner Hadyn Paul was reported missing during operations in North Africa on 26 February 1943, later found to be a prisoner of war.
He was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing Gilmour House, Renfrew Road, Vauxhall.
 
Sources

POLLITT, Charles Jordan Bellingham

Lt Colonel Charles Pollitt
No 1 Commando
No 5 Commando
No 10 Independent Company
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Charles Pollitt, then a Captain, embarked with No 10 Independent Company on their deployment to Freetown in April 1940.  At the end of the year after No 10 Independent Company was disbanded he volunteered for and was posted to the Holding and Training Wing at what was then STC Achnacarry.

POWELL, Reginald, J.H.

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant (later Troop Sergeant Major) Reginald Powell received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36180, page 4227.
Photos in No.1 Commando gallery.

RAFFERTY, Ronald George

No 1 Commando
Private Ronald Rafferty, No.1 Commando, was wounded in August 1944 in the Far East. He was taken to No.9 (Br) C.C.S. At the end of September he is recorded as being scheduled to be returned to his unit [1].
16 February 1945 Private Rafferty, 10th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment, died of wounds in Burma [2][3].
 

Sources

REDMAN, Joseph

RSM Joseph Redman 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Warrant Officer Class 1 Joseph Redman was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in the King's birthday honours list of June 1946 [1].  
  • 23 September 1943 (Warrant Officer 2, R.Q.M.S.) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. [2]. 

REED, Neville

No 1 Commando
SAS
Mentioned in Despatches
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Sergeant Neville Reed served in No 1 Commando.
  • Post war he was RSM of 22 Special Air Service Regiment in Malaya. [1] 
  • 28th May 1957 it was announced that he had received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished services with 22 SAS in Malaya for the period 1st July to 31st December, 1956. [2] 

REGAN, John Leslie

Lieutenant John Leslie Regan
No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
John Regan was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 [1]
1939 transferred to the Royal Welch Fusiliers [2].
Volunteered for Special Service.
1943 received a Mention in Despatches as a Sergeant (attached SS Troops) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa [3][*].

REID, Ernest, E.

No 1 Commando

Acting Lance Corporal Ernest Reid, 3 Troop, was reported missing during operations in North Africa 2 March 1943, found to have been taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 4DZ.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/59; WO417/60.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

REID, George

No 1 Commando
Died on war service

Private George Reid was wounded on 28 March 1943 during operations in North Africa. He died in the UK on 27 June 1943

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/59 and WO417/63.
 

RODNEY, John Francis

No 1 Commando
SBS
Mentioned in Despatches
Baron John Francis Rodney served as a Lieutenant in No.1 Commando and as an Operational Officer in HQ, 2 SBS.
Post war he was a member of both the Commando Association and the Burma Star Association.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 96 issued March 1993.

RUSCHKEWICZ, James R.

Died on war service
Died in the UK
Ranger James Ruschkewicz, US Rangers 1st Bn. 'C' Company, died in an accidental explosion of a landmine at Barry Rifle Range, near Dundee, during a training exercise.  
  • 33068148 Ranger Aaron M. Salkin, 'C' Company, was severely injured.
  • The Rangers had been training with No 1 Commando under Lieut. Col. T. Trevor

SALISBURY, Glyn

No 1 Commando

Corporal Glyn Salisbury was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

SALTER, John, A.

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Private John Salter received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in North Africa." 

Sources
London Gazette 36180 page 4226.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 116 issued February 2003.

SANDO, Thomas

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas Sando was reported missing 6 December 1942 in North Africa, later reported as dying of wounds the following day whilst a prisoner of war [1][1a].
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Bizerte, Tunisia.
Extract from the Marylebone Mercury - Saturday 03 July 1943.

SEMPLE, Robert William

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Robert Semple received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 383.
Burma Star Assn. Membership List.
No1 Commando Winchester Reunion Programme.

SHORT, Bert

No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Private Bert Short was awarded the Military Medal, announced in Gazettes on the 13th October 1939, for "gallant and distinguished service in recent operations."
 

SINCUP, Arnold William

Arnold Sincup MM 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Arnold Sincup was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma. He is mentioned in this report about the battle at Kangaw. [view].
 
Sources
London Gazette 37040, page 2079.

SMITH, James

No 1 Commando
Jimmy Smith served as a Sergeant Major in No. 1 Commando. He died in 1983.
 
Extract from CA Newsletter 31 of Sept. 1960.
"CSM Jimmy Smith, known to most members of No. 1 Commando as 'De Sevia the magician', is still appearing at variety theatres in most of the large cities and towns in this country."
 

SMITH, John Henry

No 1 Commando

Gunner John Henry Smith was reported missing 6 December 1942 during operations in North Africa (Bizerte, Tunisia), later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/55 and WO417/56.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1.
RA Attestations Register 1941.
 

SOUTHWORTH, John Charles Hughes

CSM John Southworth MM 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)

3rd July 1939 Enlisted in the TA South Wales Borderers (The Monmouthshire Regiment). 
28th April 1940 Volunteered for and was posted to No.9 Independent Company; 
10th November 1940 Posted to 'A' Coy., No.1 Special Service Bn., 
4th March 1941 Posted to No.1 Commando 4 troop.

SWAYNE, Ronald Oliver Carless

No 1 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Ronnie Swayne was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on Motor Launch ML306 during the raid at St. Nazaire [1][2]
He was taken prisoner and later transported to Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg bei Kassel, Germany [3][4].

TAYLOR, William Ronald

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier William Taylor died of wounds in Burma during operations at Kangaw.

A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he is listed as a Police Constable residing at the Police Section House, Crawford Place, Marble Arch, London.

TENNICK, Maurice William

No 12 Commando
No 1 Commando
Corporal Maurice Tennick served in No.12 Commando and No.1 Commando. Promoted Corporal 2 February 1944.
Maurice was a serving Police Officer who volunteered as part of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 50 Falstaff Road, Tynemouth.
Post war member of the Commando Association residing North Shields.
 

THOMPSON, Malcolm

Malcolm Thompson 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Private Malcolm Thompson, 4 Troop, was from a family of nine brothers and five sisters residing in Lowestoft. Eight of the nine brothers served in WW2.
Malcolm served in the Tunisian Campaign and Burma with No.1 Commando and was a member of the original Commando Association after the war. 

THOMSON, John, D.

No 1 Commando

John Thomson was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was Police Constable No.84 residing at the Police Billets, Albion Assembly Rooms, Norfolk Street, Tynemouth.

THORPE, J.

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal J. Thorpe received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in North Africa." 

Sources
London Gazette 36180 page 4226.

THURSBY, John Fortescue

John Thursby 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Died on war service
Second Lieutenant John Thursby, 5 Troop, died after contracting Polio during his posting to the Far East with No.1 Commando.
Extract  from the Third Jungle Book
"The sudden passing of Lieut. Thursby was a great blow to the Troop we offer our sincerest condolences to his family on their great loss."
 
Sources
CWGC.

TREVOR, Thomas Hoult (Lt Col)

No 1 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Thomas Trevor was 2i/c of No 2 Independent Company when they sailed as part of Scissors Force (Operation Avonmouth) to take part in the Combined Operations raid on Norway. After this, with the disbandment of the Independent Companies, he joined the newly raised No 1 Commando.
 

TUFFY, William

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal William Tuffy, Medical Section, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. He additionally received a Certificate of Gallantry. Post war member of the Commando Association from Irvine.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 385; errata in LG 38256, page 2270.

TURNBULL, John Hugh Stephenson

Lieutenant Colonel John Turnbull MC 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Turnbull MC and bar assumed command of No 1 Commando at Myebon on the 10th February 1945 after the departure of Lt. Col. K.R.S. Trevor [view]. [1].
  • 1943 (Temporary Captain) awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. [2].

WALLIS, Reginald

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Reginald Wallis died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.
 

WEBB, George Henry

No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Private George Webb was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
The death of Pte. George H. Webb, M.M. (1 Cdo.) of Bromley, Kent, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 78 issued March 1984.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37040, page 2080.

WESTLEY, Stanley Charles

No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant (later TSM) Stanley Westley received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service during operations in North Africa. He was wounded there on 3 March 1943. Post War member of the Burma Star Association.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36180, page 4226.

WHELAN, Jack

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Jack Whelan was initially reported missing, later presumed to have died of wounds during operations at Bizerte, Tunisia. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/68.
 

WILES, Geoffrey Charles

Geoffrey Charles Wiles 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Geoffrey Wiles, No.1 Commando, was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa. Post war member of the Commando Association from Harlow Essex.

WILLIAMS, Frank

No 1 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frank Williams died during operations in North Africa.
 
Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary for 28 March 1943
Location: Djebel Choucha, Algeria. 
1600 hrs - Own troops shelled by our artillery ( Capt.Davies O.C. group 1 and 5 0.R.s injured.  1 O.R killed ). [1]
 

WILLIAMS, John Arthur

No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal John Williams was recommended for the M.M., and the D.C.M., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during two events in North Africa on the 2nd and 4th  March 1943. He was No. 1 on a Bren gun team [1]. After consideration, the award he received was the M.M [1 +2].  
 
Sources

WILLIAMS, Thomas Ivor

Thomas Ivor Williams MM, SBS
SBS
No 1 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Thomas Ivor Williams, 'B' Group 2 Special Boat Section, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in Burma between August and November 1944 [1][1a].
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WILLIS-JONES, John

John Willis-Jones 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
John Willis-Jones enlisted in the Welch Regiment in May 1939 before volunteering for the Commandos in 1940. He was attached to No.1 Commando as a Signalman and took part in their North African campaign. After promotion he served on the staff at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry, as a Sergeant Instructor of Physical Training.
 
Sources

WOOLLARD, George

No 1 Commando
No 12 Commando

Private George Woollard was wounded on 31 January 1945 during operations with No.1 Commando 6 Troop at Kangaw, Burma. He had previously served in No.12 Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Gateacre, Liverpool.


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