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'Messina to Palermo railway raid'

Friday, August 29, 1941

Location

Sicily
38° 1' 19.6896" N, 14° 11' 7.9656" E
On the night of 29th/30th August, 1941, a small party of Commandos, led by Lt. Dudley Schofield, landed from the submarine 'Triumph' of the 10th Submarine Flotilla (operating from Malta), and successfully demolished one and a half spans of a bridge about 55 miles East of Palermo carrying the main Messina to Palermo Railway.  
 

Log Book HMS Triumph 30 Aug.1941

'Operation Archery'

Saturday, December 27, 1941

Location

Vaagso, Norway
Norway
62° 0' 10.2204" N, 5° 3' 52.9092" E

Vaagso Norway

 
A raid on Vaagso and Maaloy to destroy fish oil factories and sink enemy shipping. No 3 Commando was supported by 1 and half troops of No 2 Commando, and detachments from No 4 and 6 Commando, and some from the Royal Norwegian Army.
 
More images can be seen in our gallery for  Operation Archery
 

'Operation Blackcock'

Sunday, August 15, 1943

Operation Blackcock was a British amphibious landing to take Scaletta on the north-east coast of Sicily. Planned by Lieutenant General Sir Miles Dempsey’s XIII Corps, of General Sir Bernard Montgomery’s 8th Army, the operation was designed as one of a pair of Allied operations to cut off the last elements of the German forces trying to fall back to their evacuation point at Messina in north-eastern Sicily.

'Operation Musketoon’

Sunday, September 20, 1942

Location

Glomfjord
Norway
66° 51' 33.12" N, 14° 1' 36.48" E

Glomfjord, Norway

Operation Musketoon was a raid on an electricity generating station at Glomfjord in German occupied Norway. Ten Commandos from No 2 Commando and 2 Norwegian corporals working for the SOE took part in the raid leaving thier home port on the 11th September. They were taken by submarine to a remote Fjord, completed a difficult overland route, approaching their target from the rear and successfully destroyed it. Seven were captured and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp under Hitler's infamous Commando Order. 
 

2 Commando

The History

The first No.2 Commando was formed on the 22nd June 1940 for a parachuting role at Cambrai Barracks, Perham Down, near Tidworth, Hants. The Unit at the time consisted of four troops - 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D'.  Eventually 11 troops were raised. A nominal roll of 'C' and 'D' troops can be found in our documents album within the No 2 Commando gallery.

2 Commando Commanders

This history of No. 2 Commando was compiled at the request of The Commando Veterans Association, who wanted a record of the unit’s activities and first-hand recollections of its members as seen through the eyes of a No. 2 Commando veteran. There was a certain urgency about the request because this veteran, turned author, is old and just about one step away from the knacker’s yard. There is much to tell about the No. 2 Family and its Father, Charlie Newman.

Bob Bishop

Read more about each Commanding Officer below.

2 Commando Detachment 13 Sep'41 for 7 months

On 13 September 1941 Captain Godfrey Franks and a detachment of 25 Other Ranks left No.2 Commando and proceeded to Gibraltar from where they made several onward and return journeys between Gibraltar and Freetown, via Ghana and Lagos. Their role on board was primarily manning A.A. guns, the 14 pounder on the stern, 3 Bren guns on the top deck, and general ship maintenance and look out duties.
 

2 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. 

2 Commando Salerno/Scaletta Casualties

Type: Files
Author: No 2 Commando Officer
Year of Publishing: 2018
Keywords: salerno, casualties, 2 commando, avalanche, vietri, dragone hill, piegolette, piegolelle, the pimple, scaletta, sicily, italy

A document created by an officer of No 2 Commando with specifics relating to No 2 Commando casualties at Salerno, and locations of where they lay, or were first buried.

It also includes details of three from the action at Scaletta, Sicily the previous month.

We have a full Commando Roll of Honour for Salerno. [view].

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2 Commando, Glomfjord, Norway

Operation Musketoon

"It was on a day in late July, 1942 that the author noted the absence from the ranks of his troop of Capt. Graeme Black, Pte. Eric Curtis and Rfmn. Cyril Abram. At the same time, men of other troops recorded that Capt. Joe Houghton, Sgt. Richard O’Brien, L/Sgt. Bill Chudley, Pte. Reg Makeham, Cpl. John Fairclough, T.S.M. Miller Smith and Pte. Fred Trigg had also vanished. No member of No. 2 Commando had any inkling as to the significance of these disappearances, but as usual, no questions were asked.

2 Commando, Lake Comacchio

Operation Roast.

"Remote from what was to be known as the ‘Battle of Lake Comacchio’, this author did not have a clue as to what was happening to his friends in No. 2 Commando. He had been inside Germany for some time and way out of touch.

It seems that No. 2 Commando had been joined by No. 9 Commando and Nos. 40 and 43 R.M. Commando to implement the task of grabbing a spit of land which extended from Lake Comacchio to the Adriatic Sea, with further exploitation northwards envisaged in the minds of the ‘planners’.

2 Commando, Operations from Vis

"No. 2 Commando started to arrive at Komiza on the Yugoslavian island of Vis on January 16th, 1944. They were to operate on Yugoslav soil for the next six months. The Commando was still much-depleted as a result of the battering it had taken at Salerno, and almost half the unit remaining in Italy consisted of the replacement men and those ‘old hands’ who formed the training cadres.

2 Commando, Salerno Aftermath

"As the No. 2 Commando War Diary states, the remnants of the unit, following the Salerno campaign, were redeployed to Catania, Sicily. For once they were not lodged in their usual dusty field. By some accident they had been given a roof over their heads in the shape of a former Italian barracks.

2 Commando, St. Nazaire

Operation Chariot

"If any reader of this attempt to record the history of No. 2 Commando has gotten this far, he or she will have noted that the pride of place, on Page 1, has been given to the remembrance of the men of the Commando who died in the course of No. 2 Commando operations, including the men who did not return from St. Nazaire.

2 Commando, Vaagso

"The frustrations of 1941 dragged on almost to the end. It had not been a good year from the offensive-action viewpoint of the men of No. 2 Commando. They had done nothing to speak of and were upset at being unemployed. However, the Vaagso raiding force announced the end to this inertia, commencing warfare on December 27th, 1941, landing on Maaloy Island and overrunning the place in less than ten minutes.

ABRAM, Cyril Henry

No 2 Commando
Executed
Rifleman Cyril Abram was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

ALDRED, Jack

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Jack Aldred, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent emabarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1].
His final rank attained was Sergeant and post war he lived in Bolton [2].
 
Sources

ALLAN, Hugh Bryan

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Hugh Allan died [1] during the action at Jaconti, near Vietri. He was originally buried "at the bottom of Jaconti village (East side). Map Ref. 601307."[2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
 

AMOS, Richard Henry

Richard Henry Amos 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Richard Amos (1 Troop) was one of the Commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire.
Evacuated back to the UK he remained with No.2 Commando and by the end of the war held the rank of Sergeant. Wounded 1944.

ANCHOR, John Robert

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal John Anchor, 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Albania. The citation for his award is on our report on the Operation above.
  • The death of Cpl. John Robert Anchor MM, from Chelmsford, Essex, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 56 issued March 1973.

ANDERTON, Harold

No 2 Commando

Guardsman Harold Anderton (1 Troop) was one of the Commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was wounded and evacuated back to the UK*. He remained with No.2 Commando. 

ARMITAGE, H.E.

No 2 Commando

Private H.E. Armitage was reported missing on 13 September 1943 [1] during operations at Salerno, Italy. He was last seen patrolling the Eastern slopes of Liberatore Hill [2]. Later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 4DZ in Germany [3].

ARNOLD, Frank, H.W.

Frank Arnold 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Corporal Frank Arnold, 5 Troop, was wounded on 13 September 1943 during operations at Salerno, Italy. He served in 'B' Section, No.4 Sub-Section of the Troop since at least July 1942. Member of the No.2 Commando Boxing Team. Former occupation Shop Assistant. Post war resided Cambridge.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.

ASHCROFT, Arthur

Arthur Ashcroft
Arthur Ashcroft 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Arthur Ashcroft, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot , the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner war after the raid, he was later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 25 April 1940 posted to 'X' Company 1st Liverpool Scottish.

AUKETT, Norman John

Norman Aukett 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Norman Aukett, a former lorry driver from North Kensington, served in 2 Troop. Post war Norman and his wife Sheila resided in South Australia. Norman was an active member of the Commando Association returning for several reunions. He was also an early member of the St Nazaire Society. Sheila died in 1995 [1][2][5].
 

AUSTIN, James Herbert

James Austin 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Bombardier James Austin was reported missing 6 June 1944 whilst serving in the Adriatic, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/82.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
CBF List of No.2 Cdo.

BACKHOUSE, Charles, R.

Charles Backhouse 2 commando and 1st SAS
SAS
Mentioned in Despatches
Charles Backhouse served with No.2 Commando before joining the 1st S.A.S. [1].
He received a Mention in Despatches for his escape having been taken prisoner of war whilst serving with the 1st SAS [2].
Recommendation 

BAMPTON, Stephen Dorcas

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Stephen Bampton was killed in action in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando had been placed "in the line" near Ravenna.
  • 16 August 1943 (Private) (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations at Sicily.
Sources
CWGC.
Army Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.

BARE, Jack Stormont

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Jack Bare died during operations from the No. 2 Commando base on the island of Vis against the enemy held island of Hvar.
Extract from the No. 2 Commando War Diary

BARLING, Gilbert Michael

Captain Barling RAMC and 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Captain Gilbert Michael Barling M.B., R.A.M.C. was attached to No.2 Commando HQ on 2 August 1941.  In March 1942 he embarked on board motor launch ML 341 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire but en route transferred to ML 446. After the raid he was evacuated back to the UK treating some of the wounded.
 
Sources

BARLOW, Jack

No 2 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Colonial Police Medal
Lance Corporal Jack Barlow served in 6 troop and also in the Intel Section of No.2 Commando. He was one of the Metropolitan Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at the Police Section House, Arlington Road, Camden London [Source: The 1939 Register for Camden].
The following is from his daughter Jennie Barlow. 

BARNES, William Walter

No 2 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant William Barnes received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1][1A].
  • December 1942 serving as a Fusilier in 6 Troop [2][2A].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36950, page 1041 dated 22 February 1945.

BARRON, Robert James

Robert Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Robbie Barron 2 Commando and SOE
No 2 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Robert Barron, 1 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who participated in the St. Nazaire raid on ML 446. Evacuated back to the UK [1]
 
General Service [3].
  • May 1935 T.A. 1st Bn. London Scottish.
  • Sept. 1939 embodied 1st Bn. London Scottish.

BARRY, John

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Barry died [1] of wounds received at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943.  He died at 67 General Hospital CMF [2].
 

BARTON, Bernard James

Barton 2 Commando
Newspaper article re Lt Barton MC
No 2 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order

Bernard James Barton was commissioned Second Lieutenant in The Buffs on the 22nd June 1940 (1).

On the 30th January 1941 he was transferred to the Recce Corps. (2)

BEARDSELL, John Clifford

John Clifford Beardsell
No 2 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Rifleman John Beardsell, 3 Troop, embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. During the raid he was wounded by enemy fire whilst still on board. He was transferred to a motor launch and evacuated back to the UK [1][2][3].
Service record [4].

BELL, William White

No 2 Commando
Acting Lance Corporal William Bell, 6 Troop, embarked on board motor launch ML 192 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1]
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2][3].
 
Sources

BELLRINGER, Roy

No 2 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Lance Sergeant Roy Bellringer served with 1 troop and took part in the raid at St Nazaire.  He was on board ML 446 and was evacuated back to the UK. In July 1942 he was part of the No 2 Commando Boxing Team. We have numerous photos in the gallery of him both before and after St Nazaire, and in an image of the boxing team.
 

BENNETT, Derick S.

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Derick Bennett, 6 troop, died [1] on the 13th September 1943 during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno.  He was originally buried by a house at the top of the steps on the West side of Hill.  Map ref.

BENNETT, Frederick

Fred Bennett 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Fred Bennett, 5 Troop, was wounded on 13 September 1943 during operations at Salerno, Italy. He served in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub-Section of the Troop. Former occupation Plumber and Painter. Post war member of the Commando Association from Warrington.
 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/67.
CVA Gallery 5 Troop images.

BIRNEY, David Leslie

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire which took place on 28 March 1942.
He was commanding an assault group that had embarked on Motor Launch ML 447. 

BISHOP, D.B.

No 2 Commando

Gunner D.B. Bishop was wounded on 29 July 1944 during operations at Spilje Albania.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
 

BISHOP, Ivor, W.

Ivor Bishop 2 Commando
RSM Ivor Bishop 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Ivor Bishop, 1 Troop,  was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK he became Troop Sergeant Major of 6 Troop, and later Regimental Sergeant Major of No.2 Commando*.
 
Sources

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

No 2 Commando
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Graeme Black DSO, MC, was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven Commandos of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. 

BLACKWELL, Alun Trevor

No 2 Commando
S.O.E.
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Private Alun Blackwell enlisted with the South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers) in October 1939. In 1940 he volunteered for the Independent Companies and took part in the Scissors Force expedition to Norway. He was later selected for a Special Operations Executive operation in Tunisa in 1941.

BLISSETT, Harry Harold

Maj. Blissett 2 commando
No 4 Independent Company
No 2 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Harry Harold Blissett served as a Captain in No 4 Independent Company and No 2 Commando. He was appointed Brigade Major in the 1st Special Service Bde in preparation for DDay.  In 1945 he received a MiD for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe[1].
 
Source

BLOWER, Alfred

Private Alfred Blower 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Alfred Blower, 4 troop, died [1] of wounds received at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 [2].  He died at 67 General Hospital CMF [2] .
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Friday 08 December 1944.

BLYTHE, William

Bill Blythe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal William Blythe, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

BONDY, Theodor

Driver Theodore Bondy BEM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
British Empire Medal (BEM)

Driver Theodor Bondy was awarded the BEM (Military Divison) in 1943 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East. 

Sources
London Gazettes Supp 36209, page 4543
CVA Gallery No 2 Commando images
 

BOWMAN, Lionel George

Lionel Bowman 2 Commando
Original Grave of Private Bowman
No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Lionel Bowman, 5 Troop, died during operations at Salerno. Before enlisting Lionel was a newspaper representative from Wanstead.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Troop notes kept by LSgt Rogers MM of 5 Tp.
 
Notes

BRADLEY, Eric

No 2 Commando
Died on war service
Sergeant Eric Bradley died as a result of an accident during the period when No 2 was a Para Commando unit.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casulaty Lists 1939-45.
 
Notes

BRADLEY, Richard

LSgt Richard Bradley MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Richard Bradley, 1 troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being wounded and captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.

BRINKLEY, James

No 2 Commando

Private Brinkley was reported missing 13 September 1943 during operations at Salerno, Italy. He was last seen patrolling the Eastern slopes of Liberatore Hill. Later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 4DZ in Germany. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing in Balham, London.

BROWN, Louis Walter

Louis Walter (Ben) Brown 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Sergeant Louis 'Ben' Brown, aged 24 and from Liverpool, served in 5 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown, he was wounded during the raid and reported missing. Later found to be a prisoner of war. Imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

BRUCE, James

No 2 Commando
Sergeant James Bruce, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on board motor launch ML446 he was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
St Nazaire Society website.

BRYAN, Edward Joseph

Edward Bryan 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Edward Bryan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

BUCKMASTER, Eric Henry

Eric Buckmaster
No 2 Commando
Eric Buckmaster served in No 2 Commando 5 troop from mid 1942 until the Commando was disbanded soon after the war ended. Eric was wounded on 9 September 1943 during operations at  Salerno, Italy, and sent for medical treatment to North Africa. He returned to the unit in November 1943. Read some of his memories from that period below.
 

BUCKMASTER, Eric, Memories of No 2 Commando

Over the last few years Eric Buckmaster, No 2 Commando, has been a wonderful help to this Archive by providing information in response to our many questions, not only about those who served with him in No 2 Commando 5 troop, but also in providing other more general information about events and places. 
 
Eric served alongside his brother Stanley Buckmaster [more...] in 5 troop. Here are some extracts from a few of his responses.
 
Joining No 2 Commando 5 troop

BUNN, Norman

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Norman Bunn, 2 troop, died of wounds in 11 Casualty Clearing Station, Brindisi, Italy.
The No 2 Commando War Diary for the 30th and 31st July 1944 records details of a visit there on the 30th after No 2 Commando had arrived at Monopoli, Italy, from Vis, just after the Commando raid at Spilje Albania on the 28th July 1944. 

BURKE, Edward

Sgt Edward 'Tiny' Burke BEM, 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Edward 'Tiny' Burke, from Kirkdale Liverpool, enlisted into the 1st Bn Liverpool Scots TA, Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. His civil occupation had been a Driver.
  • 23 April 1941 after volunteering for the Independent Companies he was posted to No 4 Independent Company and later took part in the landings at Bodo Norway as part of Scissor Force. 

BURN, Michael Clive

Capt. Burn MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Michael Burn, 6 troop, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 

He was in charge of the commando contingent on board motor launch ML 192. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner. He was imprisoned at Oflag 4C Saalhaus Colditz.

BURNS, Charles

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Charles Burns, 6 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno. He was buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs on the forward slope of hill [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
 

BUSHE, Patrick

Paddy Bushe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Rifleman Patrick Bushe, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

CALLAGHAN, Dennis

No 2 Commando

Private Dennis Callaghan, 6 Troop, was wounded on 13 September 1943 during operations at Salerno, Italy. He was one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos from Halifax and in 1939 was single and a Police Constable at Warley Road Police Station, Halifax. In the late 70's he was living in Tenerife.

CAMERON, John Ewen

Corporal Cameron 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Cameron, a gamekeeper before enlisting, from Rannoch Perthshire, died in Italy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/78.
[Image] Article in the Perthshire Advertiser 12 July 1944.
 
Notes

CANDLIN, James Daniel

No 2 Commando

Gunner James Daniel Candlin, 2 Troop, was wounded during operations at Salerno, Italy, on 14 September 1943 and again at Spilje Albania on 29 July 44. Post war he transferred to the Royal Engineers on 30 October 1951. He was a member of the Commando Association residing Hull.

CAPP, William Thomas

Bill Capp 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Corporal William Capp served in 5 Troop and was Piat Mortar operator.
A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he had volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was residing at the Police Section House, 277 Upper Street Islington. 

CAPSTICK, N.

No 2 Commando

Private N. Capstick served in 5 Troop and later the Transport Section, final rank attained Lance Corporal. A serving Police Officer from Lancaster he had volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos.

CARPENTER, John Richard Owen

No 2 Commando
John Carpenter served in 5 Troop of No.2 Commando. He was wounded in Italy 17 April 1945 when a shell hit him in the shoulder but did not explode.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives / National Archives file WO417/91.
Account by Eric Buckmaster 5 Troop.

CARRICK, George

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Carrick, 3 troop, died [1] during operations on 13 September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno, Italy, where he was initially buried (Map ref 602409) [2].

CARROLL, John Joseph

No 2 Commando

Fusilier J. Carroll, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner [2]. 
Detained at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland, and also at Stalag 3A Luckenwalde [3].

CARTER, Hugh John

No 2 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Corporal Hugh Carter died in a training accident at Ringway during a parachute jump.

He was in the original No 2 (Parachute) Commando. More can be read about him on this link to the ParaData website.

CASWELL, William, J.

William_Caswell_2Commando
No 2 Commando

Gunner William Caswell was wounded on 29 July 1944 at Spilje, Albania.

Sources
Army Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.
[Image] Jayne Sanderson (granddaughter).
 

CHALLINTON, William Albert

LSgt Challinton 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant William Challinton, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was part of an assault party who disembarked from HMS Campbeltown, their role to destroy enemy coastal defence guns covering the dry dock area [2].
 
Sources

CHANT, Douglas

Private Douglas Chant 2 Commando
Douglas Chant 2 Cdo Boxing team
No 2 Commando
Private Douglas Chant, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operations Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][1a].
  • July 1942 member of the No.2 Commando Boxing Team [2].

CHEETHAM, Gerald

No 2 Commando
Died on active service

Fusilier Gerald Cheetham, Heavy Weapons Troop, died of illness (pneumonia) whilst on active service in Italy [1][1a][1b].
A former pupil of Ashton Grammar School before joining the Metropolitan Police from which he later volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intake in July 1942 [2]

CLARK, James

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner James Clark was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field. 

Sources
London Gazette 36983, page 1427.
 

CLARKE, Alfred John Douglas

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner Alfred Clarke died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

No 2 Commando War Diary entry:  " 9th Oct'44. Sarande - 3 troop moving round left flank come upon enemy positions suddenly. Heavy spandau and rifle grenade fire. Capt. Parsons MC is hit. Lt Coyle takes over but is hit in the leg. Moves forward again but is killed by grenade."

COBELLI, Dominic

Dominic Cobelli 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Dominic Cobelli, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML446 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 105 issued September 1997.
CVA Gallery.

COCKIN, Robert

Lance Corporal Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Robert Cockin 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Robert Cockin, aged 22 and from Stockton, served in 4 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank.

COLEMAN, Lloyd

Lloyd Coleman 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Lloyd Coleman served in 5 troop, ('B' Section, No.4 Sub Section) and, after a course on the 3" Mortar, the Heavy Weapons Troop.
A serving Police Officer he volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos and came from Somerset. 
 
Sources

COOK, Kenneth

No 2 Commando
Private Kenneth Cook served in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub-Section of 5 troop. A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes.

From 1994 onwards he was the Secretary of the Bristol Branch of the Commando Association. 

COOKSON, Charles

Charles Cookson 2 Commando 1943
Constable Charles Cookson
No 2 Commando
Corporal Charles Cookson served in 1 Troop and later the Heavy Weapons Troop.
A serving Police Officer he volunteered as part of the Police Intakes to the Commandos.
1939 Police Constable, Burnley Borough Police, residing at 117 Woodgrove Road, Burnley.
July 1942 direct Police Intake to the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry.

COOPER, Dudley Edward

Dudley Cooper MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Fusilier Dudley Cooper was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. 
He was a serving Police Officer who joined the Manchester Police on 26 March 1941 before volunteering for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes.
Recommendation

COOPER, George

G. Cooper 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private George Cooper served in 'B' Section, No.3 Sub-Section of 5 Troop, and later in the Mortar Section.
A serving Police Officer he volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. He was married and from New Houghton near Mansfied.
 
Sources
Notebook of LSgt Joe Rogers MM of 5 Troop.

COPLAND, William Oranmore

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Major William Copland was second in command of No 2 Commando. He served with No 4 Independent Company and then with the newly formed No 2 Cdo. He took part in Operation Chariot and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his gallantry on the raid. He was taken prisoner and subsequently held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg.
Citation

COUGHLAN, John

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Coughlan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

COULSON, John Richard

No 2 Commando

Corporal John Coulson served in 5 Troop before transferring to HQ. A serving Police Officer residing in Southport he volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intakes. Post war member of the Commando Association (Liverpool).

COULTHARD, Arnold, C.

No 2 Commando
Private Arnold Couthard served in 6 Troop.
He was a serving Police Officer from Sunderland who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. He is amongst the Police Officers from Sunderland who had passed their Police First Aid Course named in a newspaper report in 1940.
Post war member of the Commando Association residing Sunderland.
 

COX, Edward

Edward Cox 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Edward Cox died during operations at Scaletta, Sicily. We have a document that states "Buried on a terrace on the Shore side of the road at the North end of the beach North of Scaletta".
 
Sources
CWGC.
Page 4 of Salerno/Sicily Casualties document (see linked content below).
 

COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Cecil Cox, 1 troop died on 22 March 1944 of wounds received on the 18/19 March 1944 during a raid on the village of Grohote on the Dalmatian island of Solta [1][2].
Extract form the No.2 Commando War Diary.

COYLE, James Albert

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant James Coyle died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

No 2 Commando War Diary entry:  " 9th Oct'44. Sarande - 3 troop moving round left flank come upon enemy positions suddenly. Heavy spandau and rifle grenade fire. Capt. Parsons MC is hit. Lt Coyle takes over but is hit in the leg. Moves forward again but is killed by grenade."

CRAIG, John

John Craig 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private John Craig from Blackpool served in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub-Section of 5 Troop. He was reported missing 13 September 1943 whilst with Rfn. A. Davies in a forward section post on Hill 321 at Vietri Sul Mare, Italy, which was overrun by the enemy for a period of 2 hours. Both were later found to be prisoners of war.

CRAIG, Robert

Robert Craig 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Bombardier Robert Craig served in No.4 Troop and the Heavy Weapons Troop.
A serving Police Officer from Hartlepool County Durham he volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Fred Mather, No.2 Commando.

CRAIG, Robinson Ostle

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Robinson Craig died [1] during operations on 11 September at Dragone Hill, near Vietri Salerno. He was buried there the following day, his grave being marked with a cross. However it was never again found and Private Craig is one of the many who now have no known grave [2].

CRIPPIN, Ronald

RQMS Ron Crippin 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Ron Crippin, then a Corporal in the HQ troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on motor launch ML 447 and was evacuated back to the UK.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal ( Military Division) "in recognition of distinguished services during the raid". (1)

CUNNINGHAM, Henry Peter

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Henry Cunningham, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

CUNNINGHAM, James

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal James Cunningham was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving as a Sherman tank driver in the Royal Tank Corps. His gallantry took place during a full armoured attack on 26 March 1943 near El Hamma in Tunisia.

CURTIS, Eric Gordon

No 2 Commando
Executed
Private Eric Curtis was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DAVID, Gordon Percy

No 2 Commando
Trooper Gordon David was wounded on 14 September 1943 during operations at Salerno, Italy. A serving Police Officer from Frome, Somerset, he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.

DAVIDSON, Douglas Oscar

No 2 Commando
Douglas Oscar Davidson was a serving Police Officer who joined the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable with Leeds City Police residing at 45 Richmond Avenue, Leeds.
Post war member of the Yorkshire Branch of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

DAVIES, Arthur Henry William

A. Davies 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Rifleman Arthur Davies served in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub-Section of 5 Troop. He was reported missing 13 September 1943 whilst with Pte. John. Craig in a forward section post on Hill 321 at Vietri Sul Mare, Italy, which was overrun by the enemy for a period of 2 hours. Both were later found to be prisoners of war. 

DAVIES, L.

No 2 Commando

Private L. Davies served in 5 Troop and later the H.Q. A serving Police Officer from Lancaster he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes.

Source
Notebook of LSgt. Joe Rogers MM of 5 Troop.
 

DAVIES, Ronald John

No 2 Commando
Died on active service
Corporal Ronald Davies, 2 Troop, was accidentally killed from a rifle shot whilst instructing a Squad [1][2][3].
  • 11 September 1943 (Lance Corporal) (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations at Salerno, Italy [4].
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] No.2 Commando War Diary 27 March 1944.

DAVIES, Wyndam Francis

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Wyndam Davies, 6 troop, died during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, Italy. He was initially buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs Regiment on the forward slope of the hill. A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos.
 

DAVIS, Stanley Berkeley Edward

LSgt Stanley Davis 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Stanley 'Dai' Davis, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was wounded and taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Germany.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

DAY, Arthur Frank

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Arthur Day died [1] on the 17th September at Piegolelle (aka Piegolette), near Salerno, Italy. He was initially buried jointly with two Royal Marine Commandos in a vineyard 30 yards South of Piegolelle [2].
 

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of Lt. Col. Newman's HQ party on board MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. He was held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg, Germany.
 

DEARY, Patrick Gabriel

No 2 Commando
Fusilier Patrick Deary, married and from Blackrod, Lancashire, served in 5 Troop 'B' Section, No.3 Sub-Section. He was wounded on 13 September 1943 during operations at Salerno, Italy. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Dorset.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.
Notebook of LSgt Joe Rogers MM (5 troop).

DIAMOND, Thomas

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Thomas Diamond, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 267 , as was R.S.M. Alan Moss. Their squad was to be a small HQ reserve for Lieutenant Colonel Newman. However in the chaos of the action as the ML's tried to land their Commandos, ML267 came under heavy fire and the ML began to burn.

DICKINSON, Joe

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joe Dickinson, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][1a].
  • 1943 killed in action in Italy serving with 1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment [2][3].
Sources

DINHAM, Walter George

Wally Dinham 2 Commando
Walter Dinham 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Served in the HQ Administration Section from the early days of No. 2 Commando through to its disbandment.

Sources
Eric Buckmaster No.2 Commando.
Handwritten list of No.2 Commando from Mrs Desiree Roderick MBE.
Photos in the No.2 Commando Gallery.
 

DIXON, Herbert, Memories of No 2 Commando

Type: Personal Papers
Author: Herbert Dixon No 2 Cdo, Tim Huelin
Year of Publishing: 2015
Keywords: Herbert Dixon, No 2 Commando
Herbert 'Herbie' Dixon wrote this document aged 75.  It includes more than just his military service and is well worth reading. Our thanks to his grandson Tim Huelin for allowing us permission to reproduce on our website.
 
Names mentioned are as follows:
No. 2 Commando

DONALDSON, John

Lance Corporal John Donaldson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Donaldson, 3 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.  

DOUGLAS, Edward

Corporal Ted Douglas MM
No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Edward Douglas , 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was one of the Commando contingent on board Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, and one of only five men from those who landed at St Nazaire, that evaded capture and escaped through France back to the UK. 
 

DRANSFIELD, George David

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Driver George Dransfield was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje, Albania.
Recommendation
"This man showed great courage and determination throughout the action. In the early stages he was particularly conspicuous in the bayonet assaults.

DRURY, Charles Henry

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Charles Drury, 2 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Vietri, near Salerno [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
 
Notes 

DUFFY, Anthony Patrick

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Anthony Duffy died during operations at Scaletta. We have a document that states "Buried on terrace on Shore side of the road, at the North end of the beach, North of Scaletta."
 
Sources
CWGC.
Page 4 of Salerno/Sicily Casualties document (see linked content below).
 

ELLIOTT, Alfred John

No 2 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)

Private Alfred Elliott, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf* and Stalag 3A Luckenwalde**.
Recommendation

EVANS, Ralph

No 2 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Driver Ralph Evans died as a result of an accident during a parachute training exercise at Ringway whilst serving with the original No 2 (Para) Commando. He was the first casualty of the newly raised Commando units.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/16.

EVERETT, Thomas, H.

Tommy Everett 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Thomas Everett, R.A.M.C. attached to No.2 Commando HQ, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK and remained with No.2 Commando [1]
  • 16 August 1943 (Private) wounded during Operation Husky at Sicily [2].
  • Later promoted Sergeant [3].

EWENS, George

George Ewens 2 commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal George Ewens, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on Motor Launch ML 156, he was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1]
  • Emigrated to Tasmania [2][3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

FAHY, James or John

No 2 Commando
Private J. Fahy, 4 troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarked on motor launch ML 177 he was taken prisoner after the raid. He is listed as having been detained at both Stalag 3A at Luckenwalde and Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

FAIRCLOUGH, John

John Fairclough MM
Fairclough 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Guardsman John Fairclough was one of the ten Commandos and 2 Norwegians who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed.

FIELD, William, F.

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal William Field, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on board motor launch ML 457 he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

FINCH, V.W.C.

Corporal V Finch 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Corporal Finch, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

FISHER, Norman Lucas

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Norman Fisher, 6 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 192.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website/James Dorrian.
 

FITCHETT, John

John Fitchett 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private John 'Jack' Fitchett, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK [1][2]
  • 30 July 1944 (Corporal) (5th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment) wounded North West Europe [3].

FITTON, Douglas

Douglas Fitton 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Private Douglas Fitton, from Leeds, served in 'A' Section, No.1 Sub-Section of 5 Troop. He was married and his civil occupation had been a Labourer. Post war member of the Commando Association from Leeds.

Sources
CVA Gallery 5 Troop images.
Notebook of LSgt Joe Rogers MM (5 troop).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 68 issued March 1979.

FORMOY, Donald Neville

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Donald Formoy, 6 troop, died [1] during operations on the 13th September 1943 at Dragone Hill, Salerno, and was originally buried by house at the top of the steps on the West side of Hill.  He was buried with a religious ceremony in a communal grave with Capt. Mason and Pte Bennet D.

FOWLER, Henry Francis

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Henry Fowler, 2 Troop, died of wounds on 24 January 1943 [1][2]. He was one of the commando contingent for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire embarked on board motor launch ML443 and was seriously wounded by enemy fire during the unsuccessful attempt by the naval crew to land the Commandos on board. He was evacuated back to the UK [3]

FREEMAN, B.G.

Freeman 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Freeman, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK. 
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.

FROUD, George

George Froud 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Private George Froud was serving in 2 Troop in December 1942. Post war member of the Commando Association from Abingdon.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.
[Image] From the 2 troop photo in the No.2 Commando gallery.
 

FURSSE, Reginald Henry

Reg Fursse 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Corporal Reginald Fursse, 6 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent on motor launch ML 156 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1].
  • Evacuated back to the UK, he remained with No. 2 Commando [2][3]

FYFE, Charles Alexander

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Charles Fyfe from Glasgow served as Signaller in No.2 Commando HQ. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been captured and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

FYNN, Francis West (Lt Col)

Lieutenant Colonel Francis Fynn 2 commando
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Fynn 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 12 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bronze Star (USA)
Lieutenant Colonel Francis West Fynn M.C. was appointed Commanding Officer of No 2 Commando from June 1944 after Lt Col Churchill was taken prisoner of war. 
A former Lance Sergeant in the Royal Artillery T.A., he was appointed Second Lieutenant on the 23rd December 1939 [1].

GALLAGHER, John

No 2 Commando
Acting Lance Sergeant John Gallagher, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 306 for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel Germany.
 
Sources

GARDNER, John, A.

No 2 Commando
Private John Gardner, 3 Troop, embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

GARRATT, Arthur Ernest

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Arthur Garratt, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 447.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

GEE, Harold

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Harold Gee, 3 troop, died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

The No 2 Cdo War Diary dated 11th October 1944 states " Cpl H. Gee (3 Tp) died of wounds. Funeral of Padre, Cpl. Gee, and a RM.  CO read Burial Service. Officers acted as Pall Bearers for Padre. 2 i/c as Chief Mourner. Last post sounded."

GELDER, John Willie

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Bombardier John Gelder was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Albania. The citation for his award is on our report on the Operation above.

GIBSON, William

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Gibson, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. Like all those on the raid they were given an opportunity beforehand to write their will or last letters.  Bill Gibson wrote to his Father. Read it below.
 

GILL, Richard

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Rifleman Richard Gill was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. 
 
The death of Rfn. R. Gill. MM. (2 Cdo) of Salisbury, Wilts. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 62 issued March 1976.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 36983, page 1428.

GOLDIE, Thomas

Thomas Goldie 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Thomas Goldie was wounded during operations at Spilje, Albania on 29 July 1944. Post war member of the Commando Association from Kilwinning, Ayrshire.

Final rank attained Lance Sergeant.

GOODE, Frank Cecil

Frank Goode 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Rifleman Frank Goode, 3 Troop,  was one of the Commando contingent for the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown. After heavy street fighting and when all ammunition was spent he was captured and became a prisoner of war. He was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.

GRAY, Andrew

Andrew Gray MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Fusilier Andrew Gray, 5 troop, was awarded the M.M., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy [1].
 
Recommendation
Gulf of Salerno 13 Sep 43.

GRAY, Frank Herbert

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frank Gray was reported missing presumed died on 11 March 1945 during operations in Italy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/95.
 

GRIEF, George, V.

George Grief 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal George Grief, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

GROSE, William Ernest

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman William Grose, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 447.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire [1]. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
Recommendation

HARKNESS, Peter

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Peter Harkness, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. He is referred to in the last letter of his good friend LSgt Bill Gibson who also died on the raid.
 
Sources
CWGC.

HARRINGTON, Jack Lonsdale

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Corporal Jack Harrington was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.  He was one of the Commando HQ contingent who embarked on board MGB 314.  Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HARRISON, Maurice

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Maurice Harrison, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot,  the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 192.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HARRONS, Charles Edward

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Charles Harrons, 1 troop, died after No 2 Commando had just taken part in the raid on Spilje, Albania.

An entry in the No 2 Cdo War Diary dated 24th August 1944 states " Burial Service for Cpl Harrons (1 Tp) who died in hospital at Bari was held in the afternoon."

HAY, William

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal William Hay died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank.

HAYES, Frank

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman Frank Hayes, 4 troop, died during the raid at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
 

HEALEY, Frank H.

Frank Healey 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Frank Healey, 5 Troop, was wounded on 9 March 1945 during operations in Italy. He served in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub Section of the Troop and had been with the Commando since at least 1942. A former labourer he was married and resided near Stockport.

HEATON, Harold, L.

HarryHeaton_2Commando
No 2 Commando

Corporal Harry Heaton was wounded on 9 September 1943 during operations at Salerno, Italy. He had served in 5 Troop since 1941 and was in 'A' Section, No.2 Sub-Section when wounded. Final rank attained Sergeant. He was married and a former manager for a Timber importer in Wallasey. Post war member of the Commando Association from Great Barr, Birmingham.

HEERY, John

John Heery 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal John 'Jack' Heery, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1][1a]. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 16 August 1943 (Acting Lance Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded in Sicily during Operation Husky [2]

HEMPSTEAD, Stanley

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Stanley Hempstead, 2 troop,  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society/James Dorrian.
 

HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo

Lt Henderson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Henderson MC, 2 Special Service Brigade, died during operations in Italy [1].
 
On the 8th May 1940 he transferred from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry to the Royal Engineers retaining his seniority as 2/Lieutenant. [2]
 

HENDRY, Bernard

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Private Bernard Hendry was awarded the Military Medal on 15 March 1945 in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1].
  • 9 September 1943 wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno) [2].
  • 9 October 1944 wounded during operations in Italy [3].
Sources

HEWETT, Herbert Edward

No 2 Commando

Troop Sergeant Major Herbert Hewett, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HODGSON, Eric Stewart

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Eric Hodgson, Officer Commanding 1 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He was the Officer commanding the commando contingent on motor launch ML 446.
 

HOGGETT, William

No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Corporal William Hoggett was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 15 March 1945 in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36983, page 1427.
Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards.
 

HOLLAND, William Anthony

William Holland 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Private William 'Dutch' Holland, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.
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HOLMES, Frederick Lewis

Frederick Holmes 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Sapper Frederick Holmes was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.  He remained with the No.2 Commando attaining the rank of Lance Sergeant.

HOLT, Frederick

Corporal Fred Holt 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Corporal Frederick Holt, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 [1]. He was initially reported missing in action until it was discovered he had been taken prisoner [2][2a][2b].  He was transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany [3].

HOMER, Levi

Leo Homer 2 Commando
Leo Homer 2Cdo
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company

Lance Corporal Levi Homer, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Military Medal (MM)
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HOOPER, Richard Henry

Capt Richard Hooper MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)

Captain Richard Hooper was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry during operations at Scaletta Sicily on the 16th August 1943. He had previously taken part in operations at Vaagso and St Nazaire. During the latter he was in charge of an assault squad on motor launch ML 156, wounded, and evacuated back to the UK.

HOOPER, Walter Francis

Corporal W Hooper 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Corporal Hooper, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel, Germany.

HOPE, J.R.

No 2 Commando
Private J.R. Hope was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid he remained with No. 2 Commando and was later wounded during operations at Salerno on 18 September 1943.
 
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HOPWOOD, Howell Gaston Lloyd

No 2 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant Howell Hopwood, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and imprisoned at Oflag 9A/Z Rotenberg Germany and Oflag 9A/H Spangenberg Germany.
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HOWARD, John Denis

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John Howard, RAMC attached to No. 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service durng Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Bay, Albania, on 28/29 July 1944 [2]. The citation for his award is in our report on the Operation above.
 
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HOWARTH, Arnold

No 2 Commando
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Died in the UK

Lance Sergeant Arnold Howarth was one of the five Commandos who escaped after landing at St Nazaire on the raid. 

HUDSON, George Herbert

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Hudson, 6 troop, 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/James Dorrian.
 

HUMBLE, William McLean

No 2 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Colonial Police Medal
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant William Humble, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal and also received a Mention in Despatches, both during operations in Italy [1][1a].
Recommendation
"Gulf of Salerno 13th September 1943.

HUNTER, John Edmund

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Hunter, 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 and was originally buried by the 6th Yorks and Lancs. However his grave was never found [2]
 

IMRIE, Ian

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner Ian Imrie died during the 6 week period in February/March when No 2 Commando were placed "in the line" in Italy under 5 Corps.

JACKSON, Joseph (LSgt)

No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Joseph  Jackson DCM died during the 6 week period in February/March when No 2 Commando were placed "in the line" in Italy under 5 Corps. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."
 
Sources
CWGC

JACOBS, Harry

Harry Jacobs 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Harry Jacobs, a radio salesman from Glasow, volunteered for the Commandos and served in 5 Troop from 1941 until No.2 Commando was disbanded in 1945. Final rank attained Lance Sergeant. Post war resided in Kelvinbridge, Glasgow.

JENKINS, Morgan

2nd Lieut Jenkins 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 5 Independent Company
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Morgan  Jenkins died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

JENKINS, Samuel Leslie

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain Samuel Jenkins died during operations at Solta.  

Two entries from the No.2 Cdo War Diary:   4th March 1944 at Vis - "Captain S.L. Jenkins departed with Lt McMenamin to Solta to recce for proposed raid";  8th March 1944 at Vis.  "Lt McMenamin returned with the news that Captain Jenkins had been wounded and captured by the Germans on Solta." 

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Captain, Biography

Type: Booklet
Author: Carol Kerr, Mrs Desiree Roderick MBE
Year of Publishing: 2011
Keywords: 2 commando, joe houghton, musketoon,

Titled : So Fine and Honourable an Englishman

An account about Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson - Houghton MC , who was known simply as Joseph Houghton,  who served in No.2 Commando. It was written for The Colditz Society by Carol Kerr, with information provided by Capt. Houghton's sister, Mrs Desiree Roderick MBE, reproduced here with the permission of the author Carol Kerr, Mrs Desiree Roderick MBE, and The Colditz Society. 

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