1 Cdo. Roll of Honour

The Fallen from No.1 Commando

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

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ALEXANDER, John MacAlister

Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier John Alexander died during operations in North Africa.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/55.
RWF Enlistment Registers Ref 8613s RWF Museum.
 
Notes 

ANDREWS, Alfred Archley

Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
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.

ANSELL, Arthur James

Trooper
No 1 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Arthur Ansell was reported missing, believed wounded and a prisoner of war on 4 March 1943 during operations in North Africa, later presumed died of wounds. He has no known grave.

BAGOT, Henry Hunter

Known as: 
Harry
Trooper
No 1 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Manchester Police
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

Lance Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Grenadier Guards
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
Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Derbyshire Constabulary
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.

BARNES, Norman Alfred George

Trooper
No 1 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Hampshire County Police
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

Gunner
No 1 Commando
Royal Artillery
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.
 

BEECH, James Frederick

Private
No 1 Commando
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Sussex Regiment
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].
  • 31 January 1945 wounded attached to No 5 Commando. [3]
Sources

BENNION, Thomas James

Corporal
No 1 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Stoke on Trent City Police
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

Private
No 1 Commando
Lincolnshire Regiment
Lincolnshire Constabulary
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.

BLEAKLEY, Charles

Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
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). 

BOYCE, James Wesley R.

Known as: 
Ginger
James Boyce 1 Commando
Private
No 1 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
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

Captain
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers, 2nd Bn. The Monmouthshire Regt.
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

COLEMAN, Harold James

Troop Sergeant Major
No 1 Commando
Welch Regiment
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.

DAVIDSON, Douglas Malcolm

Known as: 
Granite
Capt.D.M. Davidson MC
Captain
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers
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.)
 

DAVIES, Thomas Alfred

Private
No 1 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Thomas Davies was reported missing presumed died of wounds during operations in North Africa. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists /National Archives files WO417/75.
 

DURRANT, Sgt. Thomas Frank, VC

Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Royal Engineers
Victoria Cross (VC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant was killed in action during Operation Chariot 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.

EDWARDS, Elwyn

Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Elwyn Edwards, 5 troop, was killed in action during operations at Luc Sur Mer on the French coast.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/45.
[Image] Collection of Idris Jones, No.1 Commando.

EVANS, Cyril Denman

Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Cyril Evans was killed in action during operations at Luc Sur Mer on the French coast.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/47.

HUMPHREYS, James

Private
No 1 Commando
Welch Regiment
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 Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North Africa.

Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 36180 page 4227.
 

JONES, Hubert

Hubert Jones 1 Commando
Corporal
No 1 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Hubert Jones, No.1 Commando, was killed in action during operations at Kangaw, Burma. Son of Benjamin Hubert and Gladys Jones, of Bishopston, Glamorgan.
  • 1 May 1939 enlisted Royal Engineers.

JONES, Thomas

Private
No 1 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas Jones died during operations in North Africa.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/54.
 

KLONOWSKI, Theophilus Henry

Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
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

Known as: 
Danny
Lance Corporal Ronald Lines 1 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ronald Lines , 6 troop, died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.
[Images] His nieces Marjorie Oxby and Jan Redmond.
 
Notes

LLEWELLYN, Fred

Corporal Fred Llewellyn 1 Commando
Corporal
No 1 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Fred Llewellyn was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.

Son of Tom and Elizabeth Llewellyn, of Worcester.
Service Record 
17 January 1940 enlisted King's Shopshire Light Infantry.

LLOYD, Edmund John

Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Metropolitan Police
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

Private
No 1 Commando
South Wales Borderers
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].

LOAKES, Stanley John

Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Stanley Loakes was reported wounded and missing in Tunisia December 1942, later confirmed as dying of wounds whilst a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
CWGC
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/61.

MORGAN, Harold Rees

Captain Harold Rees Morgan 1 Commando
Captain
No 1 Commando
Welch Regiment
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

REID, George

Private
No 1 Commando
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
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.
 

SANDO, Thomas

Private
No 1 Commando
Welch Regiment
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.

TAYLOR, William Ronald

Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
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.

THURSBY, John Fortescue

John Thursby 1 Commando
Second Lieutenant
No 1 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
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.

TOMBLIN, Edward Charles

Private
No 1 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Edward Tomblin was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.
Son of Frank and Mary Ellen Tomblin; husband of Eleanor Margaret Tomblin, of Wandsworth, London.
 
Sources
CWGC

WALLIS, Reginald

Corporal
No 1 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
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.
 

WATTS, Robert Edward

Private
No 1 Commando
Royal Norfolk
Norwich City Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Robert Watts died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. 
Son of Walter and Thirza Agnes Watts, of Norwich; husband of Gladys Georgina Eliza Watts, of Old Catton, Norwich.

WEBBER, Ernest George William

Private
No 1 Commando
Wiltshire Regiment
Royal Artillery
Died on active service
Private Ernest Webber died in India as a result of an accident whilst swimming.
Extract from the No 1 Commando War Diary
Londa Astoli 12 May 1945.
Pte Webber (6 tp) who injured  himself whilst swimming died in C.M.H. Belgaum.
13 May 1945, 1500hrs

WEEKES, Sydney George Douglas

Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Sydney Weekes died during operations at Bizerte, Tunisia. A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was at Stoke Newington Police Station.

WHELAN, Jack

Private
No 1 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
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.
 

WILLIAMS, Frank

Private
No 1 Commando
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
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]
 

WILSON, Graham Charles

Fusilier
No 1 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police (War Reserve)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Graham Wilson was killed in action during operations at Kangaw, Burma. 
In 1939 he was a married textile salesman residing at 40 Richmond Road, Wimbledon, and a Metropolitan Police War Reserve Constable. He later volunteered for the Commandos.
 

YOUNG, James Alfred

Lance Corporal
No 1 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal James Young, Mortar Platoon, died of wounds during operations at Kangaw, Burma.  
Extract from Appendix 2 of the Timeline Report.

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