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3 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. 

'Lofoten Islands - Operation Claymore'

Tuesday, March 4, 1941

Location

Lofoten Islands
Norway
68° 10' 0.012" N, 13° 45' 0" E

The Force consisted of Nos. 3 and 4 Commando, approximately 50 Royal Engineers, and a group from the Free Norwegian Forces. They were transported on board two converted ships, the Princess Beatrix and the Queen Emma, now loaded with LCA's or Landing Craft Assault vessels. Leaving from, and returning to Scapa Flow, they were escorted by 5 Royal Navy destroyers

'Vaagso - 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
 

3 Commando at Sicily and Malati Bridge’

Type: Files
Author: Lieut. John Channon Erskine RE & No.3 Commando
Year of Publishing: 2015
Keywords: 3 commando bridge, lentini river, malati bridge, punta del malati, sicily
3 Commando Bridge.

On the 12th July 1943, two days after taking part in the invasion of Sicily,  No.3 Commando re-embarked on board the Prince Albert commando carrier at Syracuse to prepare for a second attack. This time they were tasked with taking and holding the Malati Bridge near Lentini, ten miles behind enemy lines and  five miles inland from the sea. They were to hold it until the arrival of the 50th Division.

ADDERLEY, Rex Alsager

No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Rex Adderley was reported missing after operations at Dieppe, France, and was later presumed killed in action at sea. He has no known grave [1][2]
He enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 21 June 1939 and, after volunteering, was attached to No.3 Commando on 7 July 1940 [3].

ADDERTON, Victor

Victor Adderton MM 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Trooper Victor Adderton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. 

ALDERSON, John

No 3 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Alderson MC, OC 6 troop,  died during the fighting at Leese, Germany. He had rejoined No.3 Commando after being wounded in the knee at Amfreville during the Normandy landings. He was awarded the Military Cross "In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy."
 
Citation

ALLEN, John Duncan

John Duncan Allen 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
George Medal (GM)
Mentioned in Despatches
On the 9th July 1943 the then Sergeant John Duncan Allen was awarded the George Medal in recognition of conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner. This was awarded for "saving a life in a rock climbing accident in Gibraltar." [1]
 

ARMSTRONG, R.

No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry

Private R. Armstrong was reported missing on 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. Transported to Stalag 18A in Austria.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Largs, Ayrshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65 and WO417/66.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

AYERS, Hubert David

No 3 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Hubert Ayers was attested into the Coldstream Guards on 9 December 1929. Trade on enlistment - Miller [1].
  • 9 December 1933 (Lance Corporal) disembarked at Southampton from Sudan [1a].
  • 10 April 1942 transferred to the Special Service Brigade [1].

BAILEY, Victor Robert

Victor Bailey 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Lance Sergeant Victor Bailey was wounded on 12 April 1945 (River Aller Crossing) during operations in Western Europe. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
[Image] Sue Bowe (daughter).
 

BAKER, Fred

No 3 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Fred Baker, 1 troop,  died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

BANKS, Ronald Douglas

No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Ronald Banks, attached to Commando Group,  was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1]. 
  • 19 August 1942 (Private) No.3 Commando) was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war [2].

BARBER, Richard George Bruce

Richard Barber 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers

Served in 'D' Troop and later 3 Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association residing London.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued Feb.2004.
Register of Deaths 2002 Hammersmith and Fulham.
[Image] Anne Barber (daughter).
 

BARLOW, John Donking

John Donking Barlow 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Served in 1 Troop. Commando service 8 June 1940 - 31 October 1945. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Commando Service Cerificate in Gallery.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 116 issued Feb.2003.
[Image] Paul (son) and Ann Barlow.

BARNES, Reginald Arthur

No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Fusilier Barnes was reported wounded and missing 7 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/81 and WO418/82.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

BARRETT, Edwin Charles

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Private Edwin Barrett was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf Poland..
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/20/227.
 

BARRINGTON, Derek, A.

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Corporal Derek Barrington was wounded on 27 December 1941 during operations at Vaagso, Norway [1].
In 1943 he was reported as prisoner of war during operations in Sicily [2][3][4].
Post war member of the Commando Association [5].

BARTHOLOMEW, Peter Ian

Peter Ian Bartholomew No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Peter Ian Bartholomew served in No 12 Commando until their disbandment when he moved to No 3 Commando. He participated in the D Day landings as Captain of 2 troop.  On the Commando's return to NW Europe from the UK in 1945, he took command of No 3 Commando with the rank of Acting Lieutenant Colonel. 

BECHERVAISE, Alexander Austin

No 3 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Mentioned in Despatches
Signalman Alexander Bechervaise received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 35729, page 4328
National Archives file WO373/93/851.

BEDDOWS, Herbert

Herbert Beddows 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Norfolk Regiment

Private Herbert Beddows, 4 troop, was wounded on 7 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79.
Commando Association newsletter 53.
[Image] John Beddows.
 

BENNETT, Maurice, W.J.

Maurice bennett, 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Maurice Bennett, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his successful escape from captivity on 7 July 1944 having been taken prisoner of war at Amfreville, Normandy, on 27 June 1944 [1][1A].
 

BOYCE, John Douglas

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Boyce died during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society.
 

BOYLE, Francis

No 3 Commando
Royal Irish Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Francis Boyle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BRADBURY, Cyril Thomas

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private Cyril Bradbury was taken prisoner of war on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France. He died whilst a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/52.

BRADLEY, Elkin William

No 3 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Captain Elkin William 'Bill' Bradley received a Mention in Despatches during operations at Vaagso in December 1941 [1].
  • 28 March 1942 particpated in Operation Chariot embarking for the raid on motor launch ML307 [2]. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [3].

BRIDLE, Desmond George

No 3 Commando
Royal Scots
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Desmond Bridle died in Normandy, France, during operations near the Chateau d'Amfreville. He was from South Harrow and one of the Metropoltan Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was residing at the Police Section House, Judd Street, Camden.
 
Sources
CWGC

BRIGGS, George William

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Warrant Officer 2 (SSM) George Briggs died in the UK of wounds received at Normandy, France [1][1a][1b].

19 August 1942 (Lance Sergeant) wounded during operations at Dieppe, France [2].

BRITTLEBANK, John

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SBS
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Bombardier John Brittlebank served in both No.3 and No.8 Commando [1] before joining 1 S.B.S. [2].  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3].
Recommendation

BROSTER, John

No 3 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Broster died as a result of operations at Dieppe. 

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BRYAN, John Robert

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Bryan was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later reported killed in action.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/56.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

BUSWELL, Charles Norman

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Charles Buswell was commisioned into the Royal Artillery on 13 March 1942 [1]. After volunteering, he joined No. 3 Commando and took part in the invasion of Sicily on the 9th July 1943.

BUTLER, Brian Dear

No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regt
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Brian Butler MC died [1] at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded [2]. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst a Troop Captain for gallant and distinguished services on the 4th October 1943 at Termoli, Italy [4].

BUTLER, Eric

No 3 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Lance Sergeant Eric Butler was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK. 
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

CADDIS, James

No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers

Fusilier James Caddis was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/53/431.
 

CAMPBELL, Leslie

No 3 Commando
Scots Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman Leslie 'Jock' Campbell, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1]. The grave where he was first buried is shown in a film taken at Pegasus Bridge on the 28th July 1944 and now on the IWM website [view film]. [2].

CARLISLE, Alan

Alan Carlisle 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Alan Carlisle, 4 Troop, died during operations at Vaagso, Norway. He was buried at sea after a service on board HMS Kenya.
  • Enlisted 1937; deployed to France 1939; volunteered for Commandos after Dunkirk; joined No.3 Commando and took part in the Lofoten Islands raid in March 1941.
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CARTER, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Thomas Carter from Yorkshire died in a boating accident at Largs.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 06 June 1942

CATTERALL, James

No 3 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private James Catterall died during operations at Termoli.

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

CHAPMAN, Kenneth Harold

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Kenneth Chapman was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations at Termoli, Italy, between the 3rd and 6th October 1943 [1][2].
Recommendation

CHILD, Kenneth, A.

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private Ken Child was wounded on 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily.
 
Sources
Casulaty Lists / National Archives file WO417/67.
Funeral notice in the Luton News, June 30, 2021.
 

CHILLINGWORTH, Albert Edward

No 3 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Albert Chillingworth died in the UK of wounds inflicted during operations at Normandy.
 
  • Enlisted 4 November 1940.
  • Posted Commando Depot 12 October 1942. 
  • Joined No 3 Commando 11 November 1942.
Sources
CWGC
Extract from service record in gallery entry.

CHURCHER, George

George Churcher 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Lance Sergeant George Churcher, 5 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML262.  Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war.
February 1945 escaped making it to American allied lines. 

CLARK, Sidney Charles

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Sidney Clark was wounded on 27 December 1941 during operations at Vaagso, Norway [1].
In 1942 he was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack at Dieppe, France [2][3]
Recommendation
Yellow 2 Dieppe-18th-19th August, 1942.

CLARKE, Hilary Laurence

No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Hilary Clarke, died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Constable residing at 19 Fielding Road, West Holland Park, London. 
 

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

CLARKE, Roy

Roy Clarke No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
The Loyal Regiment
Private Roy Clarke enlisted aged 18  with the Loyal Regiment on the 20th May 1943.  On the 21st Sept 1943 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Loyal Regiment. From there on the 14th Feb 1944 he was posted to the Holding Commando. After his commando training he was attached to No 3 Commando with effect from 24th May 1944..
 

CLELLAND, F.

No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers

Fusilier Clelland was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war in Poland.

CLEMENT, Robert Andrew

No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Lieutenant Robert Clement was reported wounded and prisoner of war during operations on 19 August 1942 at Dieppe, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Dunlop, Ayrshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/3 and 4.

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Troop Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France [1][2][3][4]
Extract from No.3 Commando War Diary Appendix 'A' No.2
Part of a report by Capt. K.D. Ponsford OC 3 Troop.

COGGINS, Ernest Dennis

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private Ernest Dennis Coggins was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Bristol. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.

COLBERT, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Thomas Colbert died during operations at Linne, Germany.
 
An entry in the War Diary states "1502 hrs; 10 shells (88mm) on Area LINNE from brg 40 degrees 749861  LCpl COLBERT wounded in 6 tp area when delivering mail - died on way to hospital."
 
Sources
CWGC

COLLINS, Clive Eric

No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Clive Collins received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe 18/19 August 1942 [1].
 
Recommendation

CONNOLLY, William Andrew

No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Lance Sergeant William Connolly was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
German Record Cards of British POW's / National Archives file WO416/74/335.

CONYARD, James

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner James Conyard died during operations at Cassibile, Sicily.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

COOPER, George William

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner George Cooper died during operations at Dieppe, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/64.

RA Casualty Cards 1939-1947.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

CORK, Alfred James

No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Alfred Cork died during operations at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

CORRY, Samuel David

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Samuel Corry died during operations at Dieppe. He had been Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 35510, page 1506.
 

COTTERELL, Leslie

No 3 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Leslie Cotterell died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

CRAFT, Alfred James

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Alfred Craft MM died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge) [1].
A veteran of the Vaagso raid in Norway, Alfred had later been awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack at Dieppe, France [2][3].
Recommendation

CULLING, William

No 3 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant William Culling, 2 troop, died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

CUMMINGS, John

No 3 Commando
King's Own Royal Regiment
Lieutenant John Cummings was reported missing 13 September 1943 after being seriously wounded and taken prisoner of war during operations in Italy. After recovery from his wounds he was repatriated to the UK the following year.
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 82

CUNNINGHAM, James

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps (Liverpool)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Driver James Cunningham was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].  In May 1944 he was serving in the No. 3 Commando MT section (Motor Transport) [2].
Recommendation
"18th-19th August 1942, Yellow 2, Dieppe.

CURRAH, J.

No 3 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment

Private Currah was wounded on 27 December 1941 during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.

CURTIS, John Leslie

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Private John Curtis, No.3 Commando, was wounded 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France [1]
17 June 1943 (Private) (R.A.O.C.) wounded at sea [2].
Post war member of the Commando Association from Plympton, Devon. They record final rank attained as LCpl. [3].
 
Sources

DALGLEISH, John George

No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment

Corporal John Dalgleish was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later found to be a prisoner of war imprisoned in Poland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

Prisoner of War Cards / National Archives file WO416/87/25.

DARTS, Frederick Joshua

Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Sergeant Frederick Darts was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during operations in Sicily [1]
Taken prisoner during the Sicily operations he was later transported to Stalag XVIIIA at Wolfsberg (Kärnten) [2]. Post war member of the Commando Association [3].

DAVIES, Joseph Reginald

No 3 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Joseph Davies died of wounds inflicted during operations at the River Alller, Germany.

Sources
CWGC
No 3 Cdo. War Diary Appendix D (No.1) List of Battle Casualties April 1945. National Archives WO/218/83.
 

DAVISON, John Cyril

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
East Lancashire Regiment
Birkenhead Police Force
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal John Davison, No 3 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Bova Marina, Italy, between 28 August and 5 September 1943. [1][1a].

DAWNAY, Guy Nicholas

No 3 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Lieutenant Guy Dawnay was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Released from captivity in 1945 he remained in military service with the South Wales Borderers until 1967, final rank attained Major.

DAY, James Henry

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Bombardier James Day died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
1933 attested into the Royal Artillery. 10 January 1936 posted Army Reserve.
 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65 ( 2 records).
RA Attestation Register 1933.

DAY, William, C.

No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal William Day took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on motor launch ML262 he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

DE LA TORRE, Luis Eric Rupert

Luis Eric de la Torre 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Corporal Eric de la Torre took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on motor launch ML262, taken prisoner after the raid, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [1][2].
  • Post war honorary Secretary of the St. Nazaire Society for many years [2]

DENHAM, Joah Selwyn

Lieutenant Denham MM
No 3 Commando
Sherwood Forresters
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Joah Selwyn Denham was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Cape Spartivento, Italy, between 27 August and 5 September 1943 [2]

DENNIS, Thomas Gerald

Thomas Gerald Dennis 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Wortley Police Leeds and Liverpool Police
Lance Sergeant Thomas Dennis served in 6 troop and was one of the No.3 Commando boxing team, weightclass heavyweight.
Wounded during operations at Lentini, Sicily on 20 August 1943 and again in June 1944 at Amfreville, Normandy, he was medically discharged as a result in February 1945.

DICKASON, Samuel Edgar

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Company Sergeant Major Samuel Dickason served in No. 8 and No.3 Commando [1].
  • 13 June 1970 appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) whilst Chief Office Clerk, House of Commons Library [2].
Sources
[1] Commando Association newsletters 83, 87, 108.

DIGHTON, Derrick John

Derrick Dighton 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Suffolk Regiment
Essex County Constabulary
Lance Sergeant Derrick Dighton, 4 Troop, was wounded on 24 January 1945 . At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Maasbracht. Derrick was an Essex Police Officer who retired as a Chief Superintendent in 1982 having served at Romford, Bishops Stortford, Harwich, Kelvedon, Dunmow, Braintree, Chelmsford and Colchester. 
 
Sources

DIX, James Frederick

Jimmy Dix 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Lance Sergeant James Dix served in 4 Troop. He stayed on in the Army after the war. On 9 June 1949 he was a Sergeant in the Beds and Herts., and was awarded the B.E.M. (Military Division) in H.M. Birthday Honours list.
 
The death of L/Sgt (later CQMS) James Dix, B.E.M., of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 115.

DOBSON, Raymond Arthur

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant Raymond Dobson, M.B., was commissioned Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. on 20 March 1943 [1]. In 1945 he was twice Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [2]. Post war member of the Commando Association [3].

DODD, P.R.

No 3 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Private Dodd was wounded 27 December 1941 during operations at Vaagso, Norway [1].

14 July 1943 wounded at Agnone Sicily and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge) [2].

DOLBY, William Arthur Watkins

No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
South Yorkshire Police
Private William Dolby was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge), later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer from Wombwell near Barnsley he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes.

DONNELLY, Terence Alfred

No 3 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Captain Terence Donnelly, General Staff Officer (GSO 111) 1st Special Service/Commando Brigade HQ [1], was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the allied crossing of the River Rhine to capture Wesel.

DONOVAN, James

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private James Donovan was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/100/87.

DORSETT, Richard

No 3 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Richard Dorsett, 1 troop, died of wounds received on the 12th June during operations in Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No 3 Cdo War Diary June 1944 Appendix E, No.1.

DOWLING, John

No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal John Dowling was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service, during which he was wounded, at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).  He was later wounded serving with 3 Troop on 7 June 1944 at Normandy, France.
Award Recommendation

DRAIN, Frederick, T.

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

Private Frederick Drain was reported missing after Operation Ambassador, a raid on Guernsey in July 1940. He was later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 8B.

DRANSFIELD, Keith Charles

No 3 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Keith Dransfield died at sea.  The exact circumstances of his death are not known. However a report in the Cheshire Observer 28 August 1943 notes him as missing believed drowned. This is supported by the Army Casualty Lists which list him initially as "At Sea - Missing 17 June 1943".

DRIVER, John

No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Preston Borough Police
Fusilier John Driver was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando bridge), later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer from Preston he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was Police Constable 128 residing Linnet Street, Preston.
 

DRURY, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Dewsbury Police

Private Thomas Drury served in the HQ Troop Motor Transport Section. He was a serving Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing in Dewsbury.

DRYDEN, D.S.

No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry

Private Dryden was wounded on 24 March 1945 during operations in Western Europe.

Sources
Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/90.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.
 

DUMPER, Dennis

No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regiment

Corporal Dennis Dumper was reported missing after Operation Ambassador, a raid on Guernsey in July 1940, later found to be a prisoner of war.

DUNGATE, Walter Henry

Sergeant Walter Dungate 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Sergeant Walter Dungate was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be prisoner of war [1][1a].
  • Attested into the Royal Artillery in 1930 [2].
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
[1a] Prisoners of War / Nation Archives file WO392/1.

DUNN-BUTLER, Eric Henry

No 3 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Lance Sergeant Eric Dunn-Butler took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarking on motor launch ML307, he was wounded and evacuated back to the UK [1][1a].
  • 11 September 1943 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment [2].

DUNNE, Joseph

No 3 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joseph Dunne, 4 troop,  died during operations at Normandy in the Chateau d'Amfreville area.
 

DUNNE, Philip Russell Rendell

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Horse Guards
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Philip Dunne, Special Service Bde. HQ., was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during the Salerno Landings.
Recommendation
Salerno Bay 9-16 September 1943

DURNFORD-SLATER, John Frederick

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

On the 28th June 1940 Captain J.F. Durnford-Slater was appointed Lieut. Colonel and ordered to raise and command No 3 Commando after volunteering for Special Service whilst Adjutant of the 23rd Medium and Heavy Training Regt., RA.

EARL, Dennis Victor

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Bn.
Bristol Police Force
Trooper Dennis Earl was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable, single, and residing at 37 Cotham Vale, Bristol.

EDWARDS, P.

No 3 Commando
Irish Guards

Guardsman Edwards was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later found to be a prisoner of war imprisoned in Poland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/52 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ELLIOTT, Thomas Wilson

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner Thomas Elliott was reported wounded and missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Cleveland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/54.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

ELLIS, Arthur Alfred Burdon

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Captain Arthur Ellis was reported missing 26 August 1943 during early Italian beach reconnaissance. Subsequently reported as dying of wounds whilst a prisoner of war in German hands.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/5 (3 reports).

EMMOTT, Harry

Harry Emmott 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Company Sergeant Major Harry Emmott was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Yatton, Avon.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.

ETCHES, William Whitson

Col Bill Etches OBE MC
No 3 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant William Etches, a veteran of the Lofoten and Vaagso raids in Norway 1941 (he received a Mention in Despatches during the latter) [1],  was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry at St Nazaire in

EVANS, Arthur David Henry

No 3 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Arthur Evans, 5 troop, died during operations at Normandy to clear the Merville Battery.
 
Notes
He is identified in a photo of No 3 Commando 5 troop May 1944 in our archive gallery.
 

EVANS, Arthur Walter

No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Arthur Evans was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Normandy on 8th June 1944.
Recommendation

EVANS, Francis George

No 3 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Francis Evans died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

EVANS, Goronwy Wyn

No 3 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier Goronwy Evans was wounded on 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone Sicily and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he is listed as Police Constable 621E, single, and residing at the Police Section House at 53 Judd Street, Euston, London. 

EVANS, Gwilym

No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Glamorgan County Police
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Gwilym Evans was killed during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (later called 3 Commando Bridge).

EVANS, Leslie Daniel

No 3 Commando
Welsh Guards
Cardiff City Police
Guardsman Leslie Evans was a serving Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable at Bridge Street Police Station Cardiff. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cardiff.
 
Sources
The 1939 Register covering Cardiff.

EVERETT, William, J.

No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Cardiff City Police
Private William Everett was reported missing 14 July 1943 serving with No.3 Commando during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer from Cardiff he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes and resumed his Police service after the war ended.
 
Sources

FERGUSON, Bryan Gratney

No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Bryan Ferguson died in the UK on 22 February 1994 of wounds inflicted on 5 October 1943 during operations in Italy, this date being that of Operation Devon at Termoli.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.
 

FISHER, Douglas Morton

No 3 Commando
Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Bn The London Scottish
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Douglas Fisher died during operations at Dieppe.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

FLOYD, William Gerald

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal William Floyd died during operations at Termoli, Italy, in 1943. 
  • 19 August 1942 wounded during operations at Dieppe.
Sources
CWGC.

Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/49.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

FLYNN, John

No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John Flynn, a radio operator with 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1]

FOWLE, Charles

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner Charles Fowle died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

FOY, T.

No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private Foy was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

FRY, William Charles

No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Bristol Police Force
Private William Fry was reported missing 14 July 1943, later found to be a prisoner of war,  during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). 
He was a Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was serving with Bristol Police residing in Somerset Street, Bristol.
 

FYSON, George Alwyne

No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal George Fyson received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
Recommendation

GALE, William S.

No 3 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Birmingham City Police

Private William Gale was wounded on 13 July 1943 during operations at Agnone Sicily and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable at Edward Road Police Station Birmingham.

GARRETT, W.J.S.

No 3 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
??

Sergeant W. Garrett was wounded on 11 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe.

Sources
Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/91.
 
Notes
Service number indicates possible Police Intake. Awaits verification.
 

GEEAR, Edward James

No 3 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant Edward Geear, 4 troop, died during operations at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GERRARD, Thomas Cecil

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Thomas Gerrard was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France. He was later presumed killed in action and has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/57.

GILES, John Frederick

No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment, Royal Tank Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain John Giles, 3 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. He had served with No 3 Commando since their first raid on Guernsey.

John Giles received his first commission into the Gloucestershire Regiment and won the heavy-weight boxing championship of the Army Southern Command. He also played rugby for Clifton Rugby Football Club.

GILL, John Henry

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private John Gill was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/138/340.

GOOD, A.

No 3 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)

Lance Corporal Good was wounded on 28 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79.

GORDON, James McCutcheon

No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Royal Artillery
Private James Gordon was first attested into the Royal Artillery in 1930 before re-enlisting into the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment on 3 March 1931. 
  • 27 December 1941 serving in No.3 Commando, wounded during operations at Vaagso, Norway.
Sources
Royal Artillery Attestation Register 1930.

GRAHAM, Thomas

Private Thomas Graham No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Private Thomas Graham served in the TA between 1927 and 1929. He enlisted into the regular Army on 17 June 1929. Reported missing 22 May 1940 serving with his Regiment as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France, later successfully evacuated to the UK.
Commando Service

GRAY, R.H.

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
??

Lance Sergeant R.H. Gray was wounded on 8 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Acocks Green, Birmingham.

GREALEY, Thomas, Louis

No 3 Commando
East Lancashire Regiment
City of London Police
Private Thomas Grealey, a serving City of London Police Officer, volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. He was wounded on 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone and Malati Bridge (3 Commando Bridge). 
In 1939 Thomas was a married Constable residing at Ferndale Court, Lambeth. 
Extract from 1967 CA newsletter.

GREENFIELD, Arthur Stephen

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Lance Corporal Arthur Greenfield, No.1 Section of No.6 Troop, was taken prisoner during operations at Dieppe, France.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/150/72.

GREENSMITH, S.

No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry

Private S. Greensmith was wounded on 24 March 1945 (remaining on duty) during operations in Western Europe.

Sources
Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/90.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 5.
 

GREIG, Charles

No 3 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Died on war service
Private Charles Greig was accidentally killed in India. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3 Commando.  This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war.

GRIEVE, Garfield

Private Garfield Grieve
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Garfield Grieve died during operations at Termoli.
 
In 2013 the CVA received the following communication from a Dr. John McLeod.

GROSE, Reginald George

No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Fusilier Reginald Grose was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 4F).

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Tank Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major Ronald Grove, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
Recommendation

HALLS, Albert Richard

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Albert Halls, No. 1 Section of 6 Troop, was taken prisoner of war during operations at Dieppe. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37484, page 1170 dated 28 February 1946.

HANNAN, P.C.R.

No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regiment

Private Hannan was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HANTON, John, R.

No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Metropolitan Police or City of London Police
Private John Hanton was wounded on 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone Sicily and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing in West Holland Park, London. Post war member of the Commando Association (Arbroath).

HARDING, Richard

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Richard Harding died operations at Dieppe.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HARRISON, Norman

No 3 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Norman Harrison died during operations at Dieppe.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HAYWARD, Robert Latewood

No 3 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (2nd Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Rifleman Robert Hayward died on 13 June 1944 of wounds inflicted on 11 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77 and WO417/78.
 

HEAD, Charles Searle

Charles Head 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Acting Captain Charles Head was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the night of 13/14 July 1943, after landing at Agnone and during the advance to Malati, Sicily [2].
 

HENDERSON, Robert Smith Jamieson

Grave of Cpl Henderson 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Robert Henderson died during operations at Issel, Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

Notes
The image, shown here, of his original grave is located within our gallery.

HENDERSON, Walter, H.

No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Liverpool City Police

Private Walter Henderson was wounded on 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone Sicily and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable with Liverpool City Police. 

HENDRY, William

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps

Trooper William Hendry was reported missing on 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. Transported to Stalag 18A in Austria.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Perth, Scotland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

HERN, Gordon

No 3 Commando
Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Gordon Hern died during early Italian beach reconnaissance. 

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HEWITT, Denis Story

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Nottinghamshire County Police
Lance Sergeant Denis Hewitt, 6 Troop, was wounded in France on the 15th August 1944.
Denis was a serving Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at West Bridgford, and by 1967 was Chief Inspector at the County Police Station, Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts. 
 

HEWITT, John Lionel

No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Hewitt died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HIGGINS, Walter

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery

Gunner Walter Higgins was reported missing during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/52.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/176/117.
 

HILL, Eric Albert

No 3 Commando
Metropolitan Police
Corporal Eric Hill, 4 Troop, was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. He served at Sicily, Italy and North West Europe.
In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Constable residing in the Police Section House, Ambroseden Avenue, Westminster.

HILLERNS, Michael Guy

No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment & G.H.Q. Liaison Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Michael Hillerns died during operations at Dieppe.  He was a Phantom patrol commander attached to No 3 Commando at the time.

HILLS, Norman Kenneth Jack

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Dorset Regiment
Lance Bombardier Norman Hills, Royal Artillery attached to No.3 Commando, was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be prisoner of war [1][1a].
  • Attested into the Royal Artillery 1939. Formerly served in the Dorset Regiment under Army number 5724390 [2].
Sources

HILTON, Roger

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Private Roger Hilton was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49, WO417/96.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HOBSON, A.J.H.

No 3 Commando
Duke of Wellington's Regiment

Sergeant A.J.H. Hobson was wounded on 27 December 1941 during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.

Notes
May be ident with Sgt James Hobson, known as Darky, who served in No.3 Commando.

(Sources: CA Newsletters 50, 51, and 111).

HODGES, William Albert

No 3 Commando
Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment
Barnsley Police

William Hodges was a serving Police Officer who joined the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 24 Keir Street, Barnsley.
Post war member of the Commando Association residing Barnsley.

HODGSON, George

No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 

HOLEHAN, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Thomas Holehan, an engine cleaner from Leeds, was attested into the Coldstream Guards on 17 March 1941. He volunteered for Commando service and was attached to No.3 Commando.
On 17 June 1944 he was wounded during operations at Normandy France (mortar wound to his right knee) and as a result of his injuries he was medically discharged on 2 April 1945. Conduct exemplary.

HOLMES, Kenneth, Samuel, B.

No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Police Force not known
Lance Corporal Kenneth Holmes was wounded during operations at Termoli, Italy, on 5 October 1943 [1] and the following year at Normandy, France on 6 June 1944 [2].
A serving Policeman he was part of the 1st Police Intake to the Commandos in 1942 [3].

HOOPER, Samuel, L.

Sam Hooper 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Cardiff City Police
Private Samuel Hooper, 5 troop, was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes and post war resumed his service in Cardiff City Police.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.

HOPSON, Donald Charles

Donald Charles Hopson
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusilers, Royal Armoured Corps
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Second Lieutenant Donald Hopson was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers which later converted to an armoured unit of the Royal Armoured Corps. He served in No 3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade in both Italy and NW Europe . His last rank whilst in the Commando was Temporary Major.
 

HOUGH, Richard

No 3 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Lancashire Constabulary
Richard Hough was serving Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Liverpool.
 
Sources
The 1939 Register covering Birmingham.

Coldstream Guards Enlistment Registers

HUBBARD, Sydney

CSM Sydney Hubbard 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Company Sergeant Major Sydney Hubbard was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry on numerous occasions whilst serving with No 3 Commando in France, Holland, and Germany. He had been a member of the Commando for 3 years [2].
 
His death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 104 of March 1997.

HUGHES, Charles Richard

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Charles Hughes, 2 troop, was shot and killed during operations at Vaagso, Norway. 
Service Record
27/1/40 Posted as a Lance Corporal to 309 ITC (Infantry Training Centre) at Blandford Camp, Dorset
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC appointed Acting Corporal (unpaid). 
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC now appointed paid Acting Corporal 

HUGHES, Desmond Anthony

No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Desmond Hughes was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37484, page 1170.
National Archives file WO 373/104/87.
 
Notes

HUGHES, Richard Glanville

No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Richard Hughes was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field before September 1945 [1].
 
The award was made for his gallantry during operations on 13 July 1943 at Agnone, Sicily [2] +[3].
 

HUTCHINGS, John Middleton

2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Original grave of 2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant John Hutchings died [1] during operations in the area of Maasbracht and Brachterbreek, Netherlands.
 
The No 3 Commando War Diary entry for 23rd January 1945 at Maasbracht: "2400hrs  3 Troop patrol returns. Lieut J.M Hutchings, RWF's killed. Patrol met Mortar fire and MG fire.  729859."
 

IMRIE, Bruce Berriff

Bruce Imrie 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Scots
Metropolitan Police
Lance Corporal Bruce Imrie, 4 Troop, was wounded by a shell fragment in his shoulder during operations at Weser, Germany, on 7 April 1945. He was later medically discharged.
He had been in the Royal Horse Artillery in India aged 14 to 21, before he came to the UK and joined the Police at age 21.

INNES, James Fraser

James Fraser Innes 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Stirling and Clackmannan Police

Privates James Innes was wounded on 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy. He was one of the Police Intakes who volunteered for the Commandos.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.

[Image] Mary Russell (daughter).

INSCOE, Fred, W.

No 3 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Private Fred Inscoe was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/53.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/192/117.
 

IRVING, Robert, Anderson

No 3 Commando
Border Regiment
Birmingham City Police
Lance Corporal Robert Irving was wounded during operations in North West Europe.
A serving Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Constable at Speedwell Road Police Station, Birmingham. 
Post war member of the Commando Association who record his final rank attained as Lance Sergeant.
 

JACKMAN, Leonard Thomas

No 3 Commando
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Leonard Jackman died during operations at Dieppe.
 
The following is from a CVA forum message, "I believe that Len Jackman and my Grandfather Stan Hailes joined No. 3 Commando on its first day.  Stan once told me that a small group of volunteers from the Duke of Wellington's were marched to the parade by Sgt Hobson. The group included:

JACKSON, H.

No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
??

Lance Sergeant H. Jackson was wounded on 24 March 1945 (remaining on duty) and again on 11 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe.

Sources
Casualty Records / National Archives files WO417/90 and WO417/91.

Notes
Service number indicates possible Police Intake. Awaits verification.

JENNINGS, Thomas

Thomas Jennings MM 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Thomas Jennings, known as Tucker, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe [1].
 
Recommendation

JOHNSON, Denis Alan

No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Denis Johnson died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

JOHNSON, Henry

777595 Sgt Henry Johnson 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Henry Johnson, aged 19 and a former miner from Durham, was attested  into the Royal Artillery on 9 January 1928  [1].
27 December 1941 (Lance Sergeant) (4 Troop) wounded during Operation Archery at Vaagso, Norway [2].
14 July 1943 (Sergeant) (4 Troop) wounded during Operation Husky at Sicily [3].
 

JOHNSON, Henry Horace

Henry Horace Johnson 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Lincolnshire Regiment
Lincolnshire Police
Sergeant Henry Horace Johnson, known as Harry, served in 5 Troop. He was one of the Police Intakes who volunteered for the Commandos. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at Cliff Road, Stamford.
 
Sources
The 1939 Register covering Stamford.
CVA Gallery images.

JONES, Gruffydd Meirion

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Gruffydd Jones, 5 troop, died of wounds during the crossing of the Weser close by Stolzenau.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No 3 Cdo War Diary April 1945, Appendix D, No 1.
His niece Sion Jones.
 

JONES, Richard Artus

No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal Richard Jones, Royal Engineers attached to No.3 Commando, was reported missing after Operation Jubilee at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. He was later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

JONES, Thomas Ellis

Thomas Ellis Jones 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Liverpool City Police
Private Thomas Jones was reported missing on 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone Sicily and Malati Bridge (3 Commando Bridge), later found to be a prisoner of war.

JONES, William Price

No 3 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Lance Sergeant William Jones enlisted into the R.W.F. January 1940. He was reported missing 14 July 1943 serving with No.3 Commando during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
R.W.F. Enlistment Register Book 21 / R.W.F. Museum ref. 8613W.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.

KEAST, Peter Hugh Joseph

No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Peter Keast died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

KENDRAY, Harold

No 3 Commando
Black Watch
??
Private Harold Kendray was wounded during operations at Normandy, France.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Thornaby Teesside. They list his rank as Lance Sergeant. In 1939 he was 18 and an apprentice printer living with his family in Thornaby. His Father was a retired Police Inspector.
 
Sources

KENWARD, Peter John

Peter John Kenward
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Peter Kenward, B.A., died during operations at Dieppe [1].
 
Gunner Peter John Kenward, late Cadet Sgt. Bradfield College contingent June Div., OTC, was commissioned on the 2nd September 1939 [2].
 

KERR, J.

No 3 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Private Kerr was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to have been wounded and a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/54.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

KIAER, Eric Arnold

No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

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

KING, Douglas

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private Douglas King was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe France, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/52.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/209/368.

KNILL, Ivor Richard

No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ivor Knill died of wounds during operations in France. At the time of his death his Commando, with the rest of the 1st Special Service Brigade, were engaged in an operation in the area of Le Plain Gruchet to infiltrate enemy lines and continue the offensive towards the Seine [1][2][3].

KOMROWER, Arthur George

Arthur George Komrower DSO
No 3 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Lancashire Fusiliers
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Arthur Komrower was appointed D.S.O. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst temporarily commanding No. 3 Commando during operations at Termoli, Italy, between 4 -6 October 1943 [2]. This was during Lt. Col. Peter Young's short period of illness with malaria [3]

LACEY, John Anthony

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Lacey was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed as having been killed in action.
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express.

LANE, William

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal William Lane died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.

Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

LARMENT, Henry Frederick

Henry Larment 3 and 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
1938 attested into the Royal Artillery.
1940 married his wife Alma.
Service number 884501.
Final rank - Bombardier.
Attached to No.4 Commando.
4 March 1941 particpated in Operation Claymore - Lofoten Islands, Norway.
19 August 1942 participated in Operation Jubilee - Dieppe, France. 
July 1944 attached to No.3 Commando in Normandy, France.

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