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1961 Return to Italy

Extract from Commando Association newsletter 33 issued Sept. 1961.
Calling All 2 Commando Brigade
It is with much pleasure that we print extracts from a letter received from ex. Cpl. A. A. H. (Bert) Cowell (2 Cdo Bde) who recently paid a return visit to old commando haunts in ltaly.

"To those chaps who enjoyed the pleasures of the olive field and arches at the camp at Monopoli I can say that the field is still there. Olives are still growing, the flies are just as big, if not bigger, and the ants are still working hard.

ADDISON, Kenneth William

Marine
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Kenneth Addison received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
 
Notes

ARCHIBALD, William Niven

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman William Archibald served in the Brigade Signals and 2 Special Service Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Falkirk, Scotland.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 published Sept. 1995
James Archibald McLeod (nephew).
 

ARMSTRONG, Robert

Brigade Signals

Robert enlisted on the 12th June 1941 and then volunteered for the Commandos. After his commando training he served with the Special Service Brigade Signals Troop and 2 Commando Brigade Signals. 

BATTERSBY, Frederick

Major
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Battersby served in 2 Commando Brigade [1].
2 January 1943 commissioned Second Lieutenant, R.A.O.C. [2].
15 October 1946 (Captain) (R.E.M.E) relinquishes commission and granted the honorary rank of Major [3].
Post war member of the Commando Association [1].

BLAKE, Alfred Lapthorn

Lieutenant Colonel
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Knight Commander Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Alfred Blake was posted to Brigade HQ (3rd Special Service Brigade) when the Special Service Group was restructured in August 1943 [1]

BULL, Harold James

Known as: 
Harry or Hal
Lance Sergeant
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Harold Bull served with 2 Bde Sigs. He enlisted on the 2nd September 1939 and was demobbed on the 31st January 1946.
(Image Source: CVA Gallery)
 

BUTTON, Richard James

Richard Button 2 Brigade Signals
Signalman
Brigade Signals
Richard Button served in 2 Commando Brigade Signals. Post war he joined the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion 2 in gallery.
Founder member of the Commando Veterans Association.
 

CARLIN, Robert

Known as: 
Bob
Private
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-
Private Robert Carlin served in 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war in the late 50s he was married and residing in Ontario, Canada.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 29 issued September 1959.
 

COWELL, Albert Arthur H.

Known as: 
Bert
Lance Corporal
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Lance Corporal Cowell served in 2 Commando Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Kingsbury, London.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 52 issued March 1971.
Registers of Deaths Hendon Middx. 1970 Vol 5C page 686.
 

COX, Graham

Corporal
Brigade Signals
38v (Welsh) Divisional Signals T.A.

Corporal Graham Cox served in 1 Bde Sigs Troop Jan ’43 – Feb ’44; and 2 Bde Sigs Troop Feb ’44 - Nov ‘45. 

CROUCH, Alfred John

Trooper
SBS
Special Air Service and Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Trooper Alfred Crouch, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

CURRIE, John Robert Sanderson

Signalman John R.S. Currie,  Commando Bde Signals
Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman John Currie, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

Notes
Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Brigade Signals also died on this day.

DAVIES, William Kenneth

Lance Corporal
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-
Lance Corporal William Davies served in HQ, 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Aberystwyth.
 
Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued September 2004.
 

DE'ATH, Ian Dudley

Major Ian Dudley De'Ath DSO MBE
Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Ian De'ath died whilst serving at RMB Plymouth.
 

GIBSON, Robert Roy

Lieutenant
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Cheshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)

Lieutenant Robert Gibson, attached to Special Service troops, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in Italy.

Sources
London Gazette 36327, page 256.
 

HATTON, Jack

Marine
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Jack Hatton from Leigh in Lancashire received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes
RM Commando service awaits verification. His name is included in the above source alongside others from either 40 or 43RM Commando, part of 2 Commando Brigade.

HAZLEDINE, Edward Humphrey

Sergeant
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Sergeant Edward Hazledine served in 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade HQ. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cambridgeshire. 

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.

HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo

Lt Henderson 2 Commando
Major
No 2 Commando
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
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]
 

HUGHES, Stanley Raymond

Fusilier
SBS
Special Air Service and 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Stanley Hughes M.M., Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.
 
Sources

HUTTON, Thomas Reay

Driver
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Driver Thomas Reay Hutton served in 2 Commando Brigade Headquarters. Post war member of the Commando Association from Chesham.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 109 (Sept.1999).
 

JACKSON, C.W.

Private
Special Service Brigade
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)

Private Jackson was reported wounded 9 October 1944 during operations in Greece. Casualty lists record his secondary unit only as 'Commando'.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/83 and WO417/85.
 

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Lieutenant (later Major)
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Clifford James, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals Officer, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Salerno between 9-16 September 1943 [1][1A].
  • January 1945 received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [2]

JAY, Francis Hubert

Trooper
40RM Commando
Royal Horse Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
The circumstances of the death of Trooper Francis Jay are not known to this archive. At the time of his death he was attached to 40RM Commando,  2 Special Service Brigade.
[Source: CWGC]
 

JOHNSON, J.W.

-
Brigade Signals
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Served in 2  Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Filey, Yorkshire..

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.

KIRKHOPE, William Adamson Forbes

Signalman (later 2nd/Lieut)
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals & Camerons
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Signalman William Kirkhope, 2 Special Service Bde. Signals, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the 13th September 1943 at Salerno when he volunteered to repair a vital line of communications that had been cut on the Vietri to Salerno road, an area that was under heavy enemy mortar and M.G.

KNIGHT, John E.

Known as: 
Jack
Brigade Signals
Jack Knight served in Brigade Signals. Post war he was secretary of the Birmingham Branch of the Commando Association.
(Image source: CVA Gallery Bde Sigs reunion 16th July 1988.)
 

LEWIS, Francis

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

Notes
Signalman John Currie, 2 Brigade Signals also died on this day.

MILLS, William Carley

Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Temporary Corporal William Mills from Northumberland received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes
RM Commando service awaits verification. His name is included in the above source alongside others from either 40 or 43RM Commando, part of 2 Commando Brigade.

PALMER, George Harold

Lance Sergeant
Brigade Signals
Lance Sergeant George Palmer served in the Signals Section of  2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade.
 
Source
CVA obituaries.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 114 issued March 2002.
 

PETERS, Thomas, W.

Major
Special Service Brigade
-

Major Thomas Peters served in 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade and also 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Sidmouth, Devon.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001. 

PIRIE, James

Captain
Special Service Brigade
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain James Pirie, Royal Engineers, was attached to 2 Special Service Brigade at the time of his death.
 
Notes
During this period the Brigade were involved in operations against the German garrison on the Island of Brac.
 

RAYMENT, Bryan, Antony

Captain
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Army Service Corps
Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Commissioned 16 July 1940. Served in 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade.
5 December 1947 War Substantive Lieutenant relinquished commission and granted honorary rank of Captain. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
Sources
London Gazette 34897, page 4351.

ROBERTS, Edward

Corporal
SBS
Special Air Service & Hampshire Regiment 5th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward Roberts, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

SEYMOUR, Terence

Temporary Corporal
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Terence Seymour, from Barry Docks South Wales, received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes

SHAW, Donald

Marine
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches

Marine Donald Shaw from Huddersfield received a Mention in Despatches for services in Italy between 1st April and 8th May 1945.
 
Source
London Gazette 37505, page 1441.
Notes
RM Commando service awaits verification. His name is included in the above source alongside others from either 40 or 43RM Commando, part of 2 Commando Brigade.

TAYLOR, Samuel James

Marine
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Marine Samuel Taylor received a Mention in Despatches for courage, tenacity, and skill whilst serving with the Allied Armies in the Mediterranean.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37136, page 3191 dated 19 June 1945.
 
Notes

THORNE, John

Private
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Private John Thorne served in 2 Commando Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association.
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 57

TOD, Ronald John Frederick (Brig)

Known as: 
Ronnie
Brigadier
No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
No 11 Independent Company
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Commissioned  into the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders in 1925. Served in No 6 Independent Company and was  Officer Commanding No 11 Independent Company in 1940 and later took command of No 9 Commando in 1942.  Awarded DSO, and later a Bar to the DSO, each for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy " whilst commanding No 9 Commando in 1944.  Promoted Brigadier and Officer Commandi

WAKEFIELD, Edward Roger

Captain
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
General List
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Edward Wakefield was killed whilst attached to 2 Special Service Brigade during an operation involving Nos. 40 and 43RM Commando and Partisan forces, against German forces on the island of Brac.
 
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in 1945. 
 
Sources
CWGC

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