30 Cdo. AU Roll of Honour

                                  The Fallen from No. 30 Commando Assault Unit
Notes:
** These men were part of the signals intelligence team covertly designated as a platoon of 40RM Commando,  10 platoon 'X' Company , solely for the Dieppe Raid.  This was the forerunner of 30 AU. Their names may also be on the 40RM Commando ROH.

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

ASHTON, Colin William

Fusilier
30 Commando Assault Unit
Lancashire Fusiliers
Lancashire Constabulary
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Colin Ashton, 34 Army Troop, died during operations in the Aegean when his unit was attacked on Leros and bombed by enemy aircraft. He has no known grave.

BELCHER, Thomas Eaton

Captain
30 Commando Assault Unit
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Thomas Belcher, 34 Army Troop, was killed in action during operations in the Aegean when his unit was attacked on Leros and bombed by enemy aircraft. He has no known grave.

BENTLEY, Lennard

Marine
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Lennard Bentley died during operations at Normandy, France. He died when anti personnel bombs were dropped from enemy aircraft. Also killed were Lieutenant Ionides and Corporal Wright. 

COWAN, Kenneth

Marine Kenneth Cowan
Marine
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Died on war service
Marine Kenneth Cowan, from Belfast, died in an accident.
 
Extract from the Belfast Telegraph Monday 29 January 1945

HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY, Herbert Oliver

Herbert Oliver Huntington-Whiteley.
Captain
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Herbert Huntington-Whiteley died during operations at Le Havre, France. Also died on this day from his unit and buried at Sanvic was Marine Geoffrey Shaw.
  • May 1944 Mentioned in Despatches for "good services in operations in the Mediterranean".
Sources
CWGC.

MCDAID, Francis

Trooper
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Francis McDaid, 34 Army Troop, was killed in action during operations in the Aegean when his unit was attacked on Leros and bombed by enemy aircraft. He has no known grave.

O'CALLAGHAN, Frank John

Marine
40RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Frank O'Callaghan was killed [1] by a sniper while attached to 30 Commando AU during operations at Normandy. He had previously served with 40RM Commando [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] The book Attain by Surprise edited by David Nutting.

WRIGHT, Leo Arthur Philip

Corporal
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Leo Wright died during operations at Normandy, France, when anti personnel bombs were dropped from enemy aircraft. Also killed were Lieutenant Ionides and Marine Bentley.  


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