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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.

Report by Brigadier J.C.Haydon, D.S.O., O.B.E., Commanding Special Service Brigade [more....].

'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 were supported by 2 troops of No.2 Commando (less 1 Section), with a RAMC detachment from No.4 Commando and a RE detachment from No.6 Commando, and some from the Royal Norwegian Army.

3 Commando

3 Commando

History of the Unit

No.3 Commando was formed at Plymouth on 23 June 1940 under the command of Lt. Col. J.F. Durnford-Slater. Many of the original members of the Commando had served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and had been evacuated from Dunkirk.
Timeline

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.

ABRAHAM, George Henry

Private
5958457
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
George Henry Abraham from Bexleyheath, Kent, enlisted 4 September 1940 later volunteering for the Commandos. Private Abraham, No.3 Commando, was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

ABRAHAMS, John Cyril

Served as : 
Alias of BAKER
Gunner
6471801
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
John Cyril Abrahams from Cullingworth, Bradford, enlisted 13 June 1940, formerly employed as a Clothing Designer. Gunner Abrahams was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and Malati Bridge (3 Commando Bridge), later found to be a prisoner of war. 

ADDERLEY, Rex Alsager

Sapper
2093747
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].

ADDERTON, Victor

Victor Adderton MM 3 Commando
Private
4974035
No 3 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Victor Adderton enlisted on 13 May 1935. During WW2 he volunteered for the Commandos. Private Adderton, No.3 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe [1][1a][2].

AGNEW, R.

Lance Corporal
3311086
No 3 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment

Lance Corporal R. Agnew was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge), later found wounded.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/65 (2 entries).

AIREY, John

Private
5193361
No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
John Airey enlisted 15 January 1942 aged 19, civil occupation Clerk. He later volunteered for the Commandos. Private Airey, No.3 Commando, was reported missing 7 June 1944 during operations at Normandy later confirmed a prisoner of war. Resided Liverpool after repatriation in 1945.

ALDERSON, John

Captain
113655
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.
Son of John Henry and Dorothy Alderson; husband of Diana Mary Alderson, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

ALLEN, John Duncan

John Duncan Allen 3 Commando
WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
7880076
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].

ANDERSON, Andrew Alexander

Private
3196988
No 3 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Andrew Anderson was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Andrew and Euphemia Anderson, of Oxton, Berwickshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.

ARMSTRONG, Robert

Private
3452445
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Robert Armstrong from Durham enlisted 1 December 1939, civil occupation Coal Miner. Private Armstrong, No.3 Commando, was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge), later confirmed a prisoner of war.

AYERS, Hubert David

Company Sergeant Major
2654315
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].

BAKER, Fred

Lance Corporal
4923073
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).

BANKS, Ronald Douglas

Ronald Banks, Commando Group
Private
6351872 & 373245
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]. 

BARBER, Ralph

Trooper
4079711
No 3 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Ralph Barber was a Steel Machinist from Ardwick, Manchester, who enlisted 19 October 1939. Trooper Barber, No.3 Commando, was reported missing 7 June 1944, later confirmed as wounded and prisoner of war 8 June 1944 near Caen, Normandy,  
 
Sources

BARLOW, John Donking

John Donking Barlow 3 Commando
Driver (Acting Lance Corporal)
T/107701
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.

BARNES, Harold, S.

Sergeant
No 3 Commando
-
Member of the Commando Association, Died suddenly at his home in London. 
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 14 (1952).
Deaths Registered Edmonton, London Oct/Nov/Dec 1951.

BARNES, J.E.

Lance Sergeant
3605378
No 3 Commando
Border Regiment
5 October 1943 (Private) wounded during operations at Termoli, Italy [1].
1 August 1944 (Lance Sergeant) wounded during operations in Normandy, France [2].
 
Sources

BARNES, Reginald Arthur

Fusilier
6461913
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.

BARRETT, Cyril Ernest

Private
5388318
No 3 Commando
Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Cyril Barrett was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action. He has no known grave. Son of Joseph and Ann S. Barrett, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire; husband of Margaret Barrett, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. 

BARRETT, Edwin Charles

Private
5438535
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.

BARRINGTON, Derek, A.

Corporal (later Sergeant)
5440990
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].

BEDDOWS, Herbert

Herbert Beddows 3 Commando
Private
5783477
No 3 Commando
Royal Norfolk Regiment

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

BELL, Kenneth Sydney

Gunner
2082283
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Kenneth Bell was reported missing 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Joe and Elsie Bell, of Manchester; husband of Lillian May Bell, of Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester.
 
Sources

BENNETT, Jack

Private
No 3 Commando
Served in HQ Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association from Caerphilly.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 68 (1979).
Memorial Paver at Alrewas.
 

BENNETT, Maurice, W.J.

Maurice bennett, 3 Commando
Gunner
849443
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][1b].

BENNETT, W.R.

Private
14766624
No 3 Commando
Lincolnshire Regiment
Private Bennett was wounded 21 January 1945 during operations in Western Europe.
Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Torcross, Birmingham.
 
Sources

BIAGI, Carlo Alexander

Lieutenant
14686313
330166
No 3 Commando
47RM Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Served in both No.3 Commando and 47RM Commando [1].
9 September 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant, South Lancashire Regiment [2].
29 November 1945 War Substantive Lieutenant posted Parachute Regiment [3].

BINNIE, John

Lance Corporal
6482283
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Lance Corporal John Binnie volunteered for the Commandos from the Metropolitan Police.
5 October 1943 wounded during operations at Termoli, Italy.
June 1944 wounded during operations at Normandy, France. 

BIRD, A.H.H.

Private
4914763
No 3 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment

Private Bird was wounded twice during operations in France - 6 June 1944 and 17 August 1944.

Sources
Casualties Lists / National Archives file WO417/77 (June) and WO417/81 (August).
List of Casualties June 1944 in the No. 3 Commando War Diary, appendix E.1.

BISHOP, Frederick Walter

Fusilier
14317282
No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Glasgow City Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Frederick Bishop died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Son of Frederick Walter and Mabel Bishop, of Glasgow.

BLAND, C.J.

Private
4077794
No 3 Commando
South Wales Borderers

Private C.J. Bland was wounded during operations in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Brecon, South Wales.

BLAND, George

Private
No 3 Commando
-

Post war member of the Commando Association from Huddersfield.

Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 75 issued September 1982.
 

BOWLER, Walter Stanley

Lance Corporal
10548172
No 3 Commando
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Walter Bowler died during operations in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville, Normandy. Son of Walter and Mary Bowler, of Matlock, Derbyshire.
 
Sources
CWGC

BOYCE, John Douglas

Private
5952406
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Boyce was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on ML 262.
Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Boyce, of Tonypandy, Glamorgan.
 
Sources

BOYLE, Francis

Corporal
3596510
No 3 Commando
Royal Irish Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Francis Boyle died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Husband of Maud Boyle, of Denton Holme, Carlisle.
 
Sources
CWGC

BRADBURY, Cyril Thomas

Private
5956518
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. Son of Thomas William and Grace Ann Bradbury, of Bushey, Hertfordshire.
 
Sources

BREADY, Peter

Peter Bready 3 Commando
Fusilier
14350042
No 3 Commando
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
Fusilier Peter Bready was wounded 28 February 1945 during operations in Western Europe.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/89.
[Image] His son Peter.
 

BRIDGER, Leonard William

Captain Len Bridger, Brigade Signals
Captain
Brigade Signals
No 3 Commando
Royal Marines
14.05.1942 commissioned Temporary Second Lieutenant RM [1].
15.11.1942, promoted Temporary Lieutenant RM [2].
6 June 1944, 1 Special Service Brigade Signal Troop, landed with the main body of the troop at Normandy [3]

BRIDLE, Desmond George

Lance Corporal
14604360
No 3 Commando
Royal Scots
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Desmond Bridle, from South Harrow, was killed in action in Normandy, France, during operations near the Chateau d'Amfreville. Son of Arthur George and Bessie Bridle; husband of Winifred Gladys Bridle, of Wallington, Surrey.

BRIGGS, George William

WO2 Staff Sergeant Major
7887844
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].

BRINDLE, Thomas

Thomas Brindle 3 Commando
Guardsman
2720672
No 3 Commando
Irish Guards, 3rd Bn.

Guardsman Thomas Brindle, 3 Troop, was wounded 1 August 1944 during operations in Normandy. Post war member of the original Commando Association.

BRITTLEBANK, John

Bombardier
930882
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 before joining 1 Special Boat Section [1][2].  He was taken prisoner of war and later awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3][3a].

BROADBENT, Fred Stanley

Private
7266034
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Fred Broadbent was reported missing 19 August 1942, later confirmed killed in action during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of Fred and Lucy Ida Broadbent, of Lidget Green, Bradford, Yorkshire, England.
 
Sources
CWGC.

BROMLEY, Jack

Lance Corporal Jack Bromley 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
4918214
No 3 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment

Lance Corporal Jack Bromley, 4 Troop, from Stoke, was wounded on 8 July 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.

BROSTER, John

Private
4132075
No 3 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Broster was killed in action during operations at Dieppe, France. *Husband of Mrs Mary Broster of Curzon Road, Offerton, Stockport, and elder son of Mrs Broster of Greystoke Street. Father to a little daughter. Educated Banks Lane Council School.

BROWN, LES, C.

Private
14566694
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private Les Brown was wounded 11 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe (River Aller crossing). He was one of the No.3 Commando replacements that joined the Commando in July 1944. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

BROWN, Robert Frederick

Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
3856668
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Robert Brown received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service after his capture on 29 March 1942 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire.

BRYAN, John Robert

Private
5434487
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 confirmed killed in action. Husband of Dorothy Bryan, of Birmingham, England. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

BRYANT, J.

Fusilier
6482239
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police ??
Service number in a batch allocated to many Metroplitan Police Officers who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the 1st Police Intake to the Commando Depot (CBTC) Achnacarry commencing 24 June 1942. 

BUSWELL, Charles Norman

Lieutenant
228923
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

Major
85295
No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regt
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Brian Butler MC died at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Son of Joseph and Ellen S. Butler; husband of Hannah W. Butler, of Wimbledon, Surrey. M.A. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded.

BUTLER, Eric Henry Dunn

Eric Butler 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant)
5048390 and 292938
503358 (RAF)
No 3 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Worcestershire Regiment
Royal Air Force Regiment
Lance Sergeant Eric Butler, No.3 Commando, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarking on ML307, he was wounded and evacuated back to the UK [1][5].

CADDIS, James

Fusilier
3128842
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.

CADMAN, Stuart Roy

Stuart Roy Cadman 3 Commando
Private (Trooper)
6292857
No 3 Commando
5th Bn., The Buffs, Royal East Kent Regiment
Stuart Roy Cadman joined No.3 Commando after the Dieppe raid in 1942. Wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Later took part in No.3 Commando operations throughout North West and Western Europe.

CAMPBELL, A.

Trooper
14317287
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
??
Wounded 14 July 1943 Sicily.
 
Sources
No.3 Commando War Diary, List of casualties Sicily.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65.
 

CAMPBELL, Leslie

Leslie Campbell 3 Commando
grave of Leslie Campbell 3 Commando
Guardsman
2697390
No 3 Commando
Scots Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Leslie 'Jock' Campbell, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy. Son of John and Mary J. Campbell, of Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire; husband of Grace Dorothy Campbell, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He is buried alongside 2 other Commandos and an Airborne Soldier.

CAMPBELL, Thomas

Gunner Thomas Campbell 3 Commando
Thomas Campbell in the Police
Gunner
14317288
No 3 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Royal Artillery
Hamilton Burgh Police
Thomas Campbell from Blantyre was a Hamilton Burgh Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry. Service included No.3 Commando and 62 Commando (S.S.R.F.).

CARDOZO, Edward Albert

Private
14203544
No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Edward Cardozo was reported missing 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, later presumed killed in action. Son of Joseph and Emmie Cardozo, of Clapton, London.
His brother Gunner Frederick Cardozo also served in No.3 Commando.
 

CARDOZO, Frederick

Gunner
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Post war member of the Commando Association. Brother of Private Edward Cardozo, No.3 Commando who was killed in action 6 June 1944.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 102 (March 1996).

CARLISLE, Alan

Alan Carlisle 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
6344509
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. Son of Archibald and Agnes Carlisle, of Leigh Beck, Canvey Island, Essex.

CARTER, Donald, A.

Fusilier
6482271
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Private Donald Carter was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy (Operation Devon). 

1939 - Metropolitan Police Constable residing at the Police Section House, King David Lane, London E1. Volunteered for the Commandos as part of the 1st Police Intake of 1942.

CARTER, Thomas

Gunner
1491335
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Thomas Carter from Yorkshire drowned in a boating accident at Largs. He has no known grave. Son of William and Lucy Carter, of Scotton, Yorkshire.
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
Published Saturday 6 June 1942

CASSIDY, Maurice Francis

Sergeant
824949
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Royal Fusiliers

Sergeant Cassidy was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He was initially attested into the Royal Artillery before transferring to the Royal Fusiliers and volunteering for No.3 Commando.

CATTERALL, James

Private
3390037
No 3 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private James Catterall died of wounds during operations at Termoli. Son of Thomas A. and Ellen A. Catterall; husband of Elsie Catterall, of Livesey, Lancashire.

CESAR, Maurice

Corporal
5808 FNFL 41
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces

Corporal Maurice Cesar, No.10 Inter Allied Commando (French) attached No.3 Commando, was captured 19 August 1942 during Operation Jubilee at Dieppe, France. He later escaped from captivity. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cambridgeshire.

CHILD, Kenneth, A.

Private
5958548
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

Private
6297203
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, France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Henry Chillingworth, of Camberwell. Albert enlisted 4 November 1940 and was posted to the Commando Depot 12 October 1942.

CHRISTOPHER, Robert William

Corporal Robert Christopher MM
Corporal
5990123
No 3 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Robert Christopher, HQ 1 Commando Brigade, was awarded the Military Medal (Periodic) [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services over a prolonged period during operations at Agnone in Sicily, Bova Marina and Termoli, and at Amfreville, Normandy [2]

CHURCHER, George

George Churcher 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
6897997
No 3 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Lance Sergeant George Churcher, 5 Troop, was reported missing on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and a prisoner of war.

CHURCHILL, John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming (Lt Col)

Lieutenant Colonel
34657
No 2 Commando
No 3 Commando
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross (MC)

After a brief spell as 2i/c No 5 Commando, the then Major John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill (later affectionately known by some as Mad Jack) moved to 2i/c No 3 Commando. Wounded during Operation Archery at Vaagso 27 December 1941.

CLARK, Sidney Charles

Private ( later Corporal )
5989664
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]

CLARKE, Hilary Laurence

Fusilier
6482249
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Hilary Clarke was killed in action during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Son of Ralph and Mahlah Anne Clarke, of Leicester; husband of Evelyn Alice Clarke. His brother Stanley William Clarke, RN, also died in the war.

CLARKE, Roy

Roy Clarke No 3 Commando
Private
14609249
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.

CLARKSON, Lawrence, S.

Lawrence Clarkson 3 Commando
Sergeant
558380
No 3 Commando
15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
Sergeant Lawrence Clarkson, a Hull man, served with No.3 Commando from the early days of its formation. He had originally enlisted with the Hussars at Hull. He married Barbara Durston from Weymouth in 1944 whilst training there with his Commando.
 

CLELLAND, Frank

Fusilier
3129351
No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers

Fusilier Frank Clelland from Kirkconnel was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war.

CLELLAND, John McDonald

Gunner
260642
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner John Clelland was reported missing, later presumed killed in action, during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He has no known grave. Son of Marjory Clelland, of Inverness.

CLEMENT, Robert Andrew

Lieutenant
88691
No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Territorial Decoration (TD)
27.12.1941, Lieutenant, 2 Troop, Operation Archery, Vaagso, Norway [1]
19.08.1942, Lieutenant, Operation Jubilee, Dieppe, France, wounded and prisoner of war [2].

CLIFT, Ernest, L.

Private
5510933
No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Ernest Clift 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).

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
Sergeant (Temporary Troop Sergeant Major)
5620234
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. Son of Edwin and Doris Coaker, of Cheldon, Devon. [1][2][3][4]
Extract from No.3 Commando War Diary Appendix 'A' No.2

COFFIN, Roland

Private
5510151
No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Roland Coffin died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France, in the Chateau d'Amfreville area. Son of Harold and Edith Coffin, of Yenston, Somerset.

COGGINS, Ernest Dennis

Private
5955773
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.

COLBERT, Thomas

Lance Corporal
5338884
No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Thomas Colbert died during operations at Linne, Germany.
Extract from the No.3 Commando War Diary

COLLINS, Clive Eric Abdy

Captain
5499772 and 287390
No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Clive Collins, No.3 Commando, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe 18/19 August 1942 [1].
Recommendation

CONNOLLY, William Andrew

Lance Sergeant
6139725
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.

CONYARD, James

Gunner
6015602
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, Dennis

Dennis Cooper 4 Commando
Dennis Cooper 4 Commando veteran
Private
14776166
No 4 Commando
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Lincolnshire Regiment
Served in 1 Troop No.4 Commando. Active service included being amongst the commando replacements for casualties at Flushing after Operation Infatuate, and the subsequent advance on to Germany. Also served in No.3 Commando. Member of the Commando Association.

COOPER, George William

Gunner
5256462
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner George Cooper died during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of Frederick and Mary Cooper; husband of Rose Doris Cooper, of Poplar, London, England.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/64.

COOPER, John Stanley

Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Post war member of the Commando Association from Middlewich, Cheshire. He was an Officer of an Army Cadet Force unit in Chester until the 1970's.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119.

CORK, Alfred James

Sergeant
5614500
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

Captain Samuel Corry 3 Commando
Captain
119736
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Samuel Corry M.B. was reported missing 19 August 1942 at Dieppe, France, later confirmed as having died of wounds. Previously Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service against the enemy at Vaagso, Norway.

COTTERELL, Leslie

Private
5114173
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.
 

COUGHLIN, Charles John

Charles Coughlin 3 Commando
Trooper
7022513
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Ulster Rifles
Trooper Charles Coughlin from Stockwell was wounded 1 August 1944 during operations in Normandy, France, returning to the Commando after treatment. 
  • 26 July 1945 married Pearl Primrose Fairhall at St Andrews Church, Worthing.

COULSON, Albert

Private
5891321
No 3 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Albert Coulson was reported wounded and missing during operations at Normandy, France, later presumed died of wounds. He has no known grave. Son of Thomas and Mary Coulson; husband of Nellie Elizabeth May Coulson, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
 

COX, Anthony Francis

Rifleman
6920635
No 3 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Anthony Cox died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Son of Cecil Ernest and Frances Mary Cox, of Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey.
 
Sources
CWGC.

COX, Jack, A.

Jack Cox 12 and 3 Commando
Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
6215811
No 12 Commando
No 3 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Corporal Jack Cox was wounded on 11 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe. On this date No.3 Commando were in action at the River Aller near the town of Essel. He had previously served in No.12 Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association.

CRAFT, Alfred James

Lance Corporal
5950610
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Alfred Craft MM was killed in action during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge) [1][1a].

CULLEN, James Kennedy

Private
2761938
No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private James Cullen was reported missing 14 July 1943 later presumed killed in action during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He has no known grave.

CULLING, William

Lance Sergeant
6010289
No 3 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Culling, 2 troop, was killed in action during operations at Vaagso, Norway.
Son of Charles and Johanna Culling; husband of Agnes Culling, of Largs, Ayrshire.
 

Sources
CWGC.

CUMMINGS, John

Lieutenant
77341
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.

CUNNINGHAM, James

Driver (later Sergeant)
T/61556
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].

CURRAH, J.

Private
5258675
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

Private
7625966
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Private John Leslie 'Jack' 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].

DALGLEISH, John George

John Dalgleish 3 Commando
Acting Corporal
5507071
No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment

Corporal John Dalgleish, No.1 Section of No.6 Troop, was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later found to be a prisoner of war. He was liberated at the end of the war.

DARTS, Frederick Joshua

Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando
Sergeant
5949117
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]

DAVIDSON, Daniel

Fusilier
14282602
No 3 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Fusilier Davidson was wounded 1944 during operations in North West Europe.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/81.
Plaque at the Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge.
 

DAVIES, John Bartholomew

John Bartholomew Davies 3 Commando
LCpl John Bartholomew Davies 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
11000073
No 3 Commando
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Artillery
King's Own Royal Regiment
John Bartholomew Davies was residing with family in Helmet Row, London EC1 in 1939. Prior to his attestation to the Royal Artillery in 1940 he was employed as a Book Folder and an ARP Air Raid Warden.

DAVIES, W.L.

Private
14241736
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
2nd Police Intake
Joined No.3 Commando in 1942 from the 2nd Police Intake at the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry.
Active service included 26/27 August 1943 Bova Marina, Italy. Wounded 8 July 1944 NWE.

DAVIS, Stanley George

Private
5511236
No 3 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Stanley Davis was killed in action during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Son of William Thomas Davis and Mary Ann Davis, of Herne Bay, Kent; husband of Ellen Davis.

DAVISON, John Cyril

Corporal (later Lieutenant)
14241659 and 326323
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].

DAW, Herbert Frank

Corporal
14241846
No 3 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
2nd Police Intake
Herbert Frank Daw from Sussex volunteered for the Commandos enlisting 23 July 1942 joining the 2nd Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre) located at Achnacarry.

DAWNAY, Guy Nicholas

Lieutenant (later Major)
73131
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

Lance Bombardier
826112
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.

DAY, William, C.

Lance Corporal
1875966
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal William Day was reported missing 28 March 1942, later found to be a prisoner of war, after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire. Embarked for the raid on motor launch ML262.
 
Sources

DE LA TORRE, Luis Eric Rupert

Luis Eric de la Torre 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
7611796
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].

DEAN, Ronald Cyril

Guardsman
2623256
No 3 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman Ronald 'Dixie' Dean, 3 troop, was killed in action during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Walter and Alice Lavinia Dean; grandson of Elizabeth Abram, of Newby, Yorkshire.

DELL, Charles Richard

Private
14241737
No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
??
24 September 1942 General Service Corps (Commando Depot) transferred onto the roll of the East Surrey Regiment. Wounded Sicily 1943 (date not reported), evacuated to No.11 General Hospital, Middle East Forces. Medically discharged 8 May 1944. 
 

DENHAM, Joah Selwyn

Lieutenant Denham MM
Captain
14241763 and 329309
No 3 Commando
Sherwood Forresters
Lincolnshire Constabulary
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Joah Denham was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Cape Spartivento, Italy, between 27 August and 5 September 1943 [1][2]
15.11.1943 Lance Sergeant, No.3 Commando HQ (Admin) [3].

DENT, John

John Dent 3 Commando
Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Served in 6 Troop. Post war Police Officer residing Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Commando association Lost Legion List 4.

DERBYSHIRE, John Joseph

Derbyshire_3_Commando
Corporal
2010303
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers

John Joseph Derbyshire, an Insurance Agent from Wigan, enlisted on 17 April 1940. Corporal Derbyshire, No.3 Commando, was reported missing 19 August 1942 during Operation Jubilee at Dieppe, France, later confirmed prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association.

DICKASON, Samuel Edgar

Company Sergeant Major
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

DICKINSON, John Leonard

Lance Corporal
14241642
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Hull City Police
John Leonard Dickinson joined Hull City Police as PC 239 on 7 October 1935. In WW2 he volunteered for the Commandos enlisting 26 July 1942 as part of the 2nd Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry.

DIX, James Frederick

Jimmy Dix 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant (later CQMS)
5885246
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.

DOBSON, Raymond Arthur

Captain
266547
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].

DODD, P.R.

Private
5255735
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].

DONNELLY, Terence Alfred

Captain (Temporary)
134132
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

Private
5948105
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private James Donovan, No.1 Section of No.6 Troop, 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.

DORSETT, Richard

Private
6349636
No 3 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Richard Dorsett, 1 troop, died on 13 June 1944 of wounds received on 12 June during operations at Normandy, France, in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville. Son of J. T. and June Dorsett, of Anerley, Kent.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DOWLING, John

John Dowling MM, No.3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major
4458341
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal John Dowling was awarded the Military Medal for 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.

DRAIN, Frederick, T.

Private
5949825
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

Private
4126461
No 3 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Keith Dransfield died at sea.  Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dransfield, of Blundellsands, Liverpool. A report in the Cheshire Observer 28 August 1943 notes him as missing believed drowned.

DRIVER, John

Fusilier
14241662
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Preston Borough Police
Fusilier John Driver, No.3 Commando, was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando bridge), later confimred prisoner of war.

DRURY, Thomas

Trooper
14241624
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, Derrick Stanley

Derrick Dryden 3 Commando
Private
14784275
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Private Derrick Dryden was wounded on 24 March 1945 during operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel (Operation Widgeon).
Service
Enlisted Durham Light Infantry 15 June 1944.
Attached No.3 Commando 3 February 1945.

DUMPER, Dennis

Corporal
6139501
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.

DUNFORD, Edwin

Edwin Dunford 3 Commando
Pc Edwin Dunford post war
Trooper
14317743
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Dorset Constabulary
Edwin Dunford was a serving Police Officer from Dorset Constabulary who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes that commenced in 1942. Edwin joined the Dorset Constabulary on 1st April 1939. He was Police Constable 126 residing in Weymouth.

DUNGATE, Walter Henry

Sergeant Walter Dungate 3 Commando
Sergeant
816399
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

DUNNE, Joseph

Private
3663641
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

Temporary Captain
30978
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

Brigadier
41090
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

Private
14317744
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Bn.
Bristol City Police
Trooper Dennis Earl was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. Dennis was a Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos in 1942 and was part of a Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry.

EAST, Gerald Thomas

Corporal
6482238
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Corporal Gerald East, No.4 Commando, was wounded 6 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France. Also served in No.3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade.

EASTERBROOK, F.J.

Private
5619184
No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment

Private Easterbrook, from Sidmouth, was wounded 27 December 1941 during operations at Vaagso, Norway. He later took part in the Dieppe raid and post war was a member of the Commando Association.

EDMUNDS, William John

Lance Sergeant
5500444
No 3 Commando
No 12 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Edmunds, No.3 Commando, died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France. Previously served in No.12 Commando. Son of Edwin Thomas Edmunds and Edith May Edmunds, of Hereford.
 
Sources
CWGC.

EDWARDS, Peter

Guardsman
2720703
No 3 Commando
Irish Guards

Peter Edwards, a Labourer from Soham, Cambridgeshire, enlisted 2 May 1940. Guardsman Edwards, No.3 Commando, was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later confirmed a prisoner of war.

EDWARDS, William

Private
3064804
No 3 Commando
Lowland Regiment
Died in service

Private William Edwards died of a pulmonary thrombosis at Ashludie Sanatorium, Monifieth. Son of George Oakley Edwards and Mary Jane Edwards; nephew of Annie Edwards, of Hawkhill, Dundee

EGLETON, Sydney Oswald

Gunner
14317813
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Hampshire Constabulary

Gunner Sydney Egleton was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). In 1939 aged 17 he was residing with his parents and family in Whitelaw Avenue, Southampton and employed as a Junior Clerk.

ELLIOTT, Thomas Wilson

Gunner
3598665
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

ELLIS, Arthur Alfred Burdon

Captain
191508
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps

Captain Ellis was reported missing 26 August 1943 during early Italian beach reconnaissance, later confirmed as dying of wounds whilst a prisoner of war in German hands. He had joined No.3 Commando on 12 February 1943. Son of Colonel A. C. Ellis, C.B.E., and of Mabel C.

EMMOTT, Harry

Harry Emmott 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major
3446285
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

ETCHES, William Whitson

Col Bill Etches OBE MC
Lieutenant (later Colonel)
112866
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],

EVANS, Frank

Private
5617635
No 2 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Private Frank Evans took part in the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He embarked on motor launch ML262 and was reported missing after the raid, but was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner.

EVANS, Gwilym

Private
14241612
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Glamorgan County Police
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Gwilym Evans was reported missing 14 July 1943, later presumed killed in action, during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (later called 3 Commando Bridge).

EVANS, Leslie Daniel

Guardsman
14241613
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.
 

FAHY, Neville John

Lance Corporal
3606777
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Lance Corporal Neville Fahy was wounded 15 August 1944 during operations in France.
01.01.1960 (Inspector, Cyprus Police Force) awarded the British Empire Medal (Civil Division).
1965 serving as a Police Inspector, Nairobi Police.

FARRELL, T.A.

Private
3973058
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Wounded twice during operations with No.3 Commando.
14 July 1943 at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge) [1].
June 1944 at Normandy, France [2].
 
Sources

FEARON, John Joseph

Jack Fearon 3 Commando
Sergeant
2929494
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Pay Sergeant, No.3 Commando.
1956 Police Constable residing Wallasey, Cheshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 23 (1956).
[Image] John Fearon, son.
 

FENTON, A.H.

Private
14204785
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Private Fenton, R.A.M.C. attached No.3 Commando, was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy. 
 
Sources
No 3 Commando War Diary 11 Sept. 1943, Field Return ORs attached from other Corps.

FERGUSON, Bryan Gratney

Private
2761997
No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Bryan Ferguson died in the UK of wounds inflicted on 5 October 1943 during operations in Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/68 and WO417/72.
 

FERRIE, James, E.

Corporal
14317290
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
??
Corporal James Ferrie, 6 Troop, was wounded 11 April 1945 during operations at the River Aller. After 1949 he was a Police Officer in the Renfrew and Bute Constabulary. Member of the Commando Association from St. Johnstone, Renfrewshire.
 
Sources

FINNIS, Leslie Thomas

Leslie Finnis 4 Commando
Green beret of Leslie Finnis 4 Commando
Corporal
6297984
No 4 Commando
No 3 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Army Air Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Leslie Finnis was wounded 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. He was hit by several bullets in his legs and abdomen as he exited the landing craft onto Sword Beach. He also received burns from a phosphorous grenade. 

FIRTH, John, A.

Sergeant
4042476
No 3 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Sergeant John Firth was wounded on 12 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe [1].
On this date his Commando were in action at the River Aller near the town of Essel [2].
Post war member of the Commando Association [3].

FISHER, Douglas Morton

Private
2888970
No 3 Commando
Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Bn The London Scottish
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Douglas Fisher was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Lionel Fisher, and of Winifred Fisher, of Felpham, Sussex, England.

FLETCHER, John Harold

Lance Corporal
14241626
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Doncaster Borough Police
Trooper John Fletcher was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy. He had volunteered for the Commandos in 1942 as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Officer residing at 77 Cusworth Lane, Doncaster.

FLOYD, William Gerald

Corporal
5434679
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. Son of James Percival and Winifred Floyd.
  • 19 August 1942 wounded during operations at Dieppe, France.
Sources
CWGC.

FLYNN, John

Corporal (later Sergeant)
3192275
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 recognitio

FOWLE, Charles

Gunner
785908
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). He has no known grave. Son of Albert Bertie and Isabella Rose Fowle; husband of Elizabeth Maud Hylde Patricia Fowle, of Whilborough, Devon.

FOY, Thomas

Private
6352123
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

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

FRASER, John George

Sergeant
2694279
No 3 Commando
Scots Guards
City of London Police
Pre WW2
18.07.1932 attested into the Scots Guards aged 18, civil occupation Labourer. Military service included deployment to Egypt.
22.12.1936 transferred to Army Reserve to join the Police.

FREEMAN, Ronald Stanley

Private
6352714
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Private Ronald Freeman was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). A year to the day later on 14 July 1944 he was wounded a second time during operations near Chateau d'Amfreville, Normandy.
 

FRY, William Charles

Private
14241823
No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Bristol City Police
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). 

FYSON, George Alwyne

Corporal
5340675
No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal George Fyson received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
Recommendation

GALE, William S.

Sergeant
14241795
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).

GEEAR, Edward James

Edward Geear 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
6344312
No 3 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Edward Geear, 4 troop, was killed in action during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Husband of Eveline (nee Carter) and father of baby Patricia.

GERRARD, Thomas Cecil

Corporal
T/73322
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Thomas Gerrard was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave. Son of Joseph and Emily Mary Gerrard; husband of Vera G. Gerrard, of Cambridge.
 
Sources

GIBSON, David

David Gibson 3 Commando
Lance Corporal (later Staff Sergeant)
2992808
No 3 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
East Yorkshire Regiment
York and Lancaster Regiment
Died in service
Served in No.3 Commando 2 Troop. Member of the Commando Association.
1 December 1945 posted East Yorkshire Regiment.
1955 attended a summer camp of 149 (WR) Infantry Bde., (TA) at Leyburn, Yorks.

GILES, John Frederick

Captain
68678
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. Served in No.3 Commando since their first raid on Guernsey. Son of Frederick William and Margaret Mary Maud Palin Giles.

GILL, John Henry

Private
5957538
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
John Henry Gill, a Shoe Repairer from Doncaster, enlisted on 2 March 1940 and was posted to the Beds. and Herts Regt., 71st Bn. He volunteered for the Commandos and was attached to No.3 Commando.

GILL, L.M. (Len)

Corporal
14241615
No 3 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Newport Borough Police
Private Len Gill was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Final rank attained - Corporal.

GILLINGS, Leonard, R.

Fusilier
1424????
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Leonard Gillings was a Metroplitan Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos and on 24 July 1942 joined the 2nd Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry. Wounded during operations in Sicily.
 
Sources

GODDARD, Alfred

Private
14241765
No 3 Commando
Sherwood Forresters
Grimsby Borough Lincolnshire
Private Alfred Goddard was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He volunteered for the Commandos in 1942 as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at David Street, Grimsby, Lincs.

GOOD, A.

Lance Corporal
6297658
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.

GOODY, Edwin Walter

Private
14207340
No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Edwin Goody was killed in action during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
 

GORDON, James McCutcheon

Private
808003
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.

GOWER, Ronald William Henry

Ronnie Gower - Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
5188561
No 12 Commando
No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Served in No.12 Commando which was disbanded 1943, then No.3 Commando. In December 1943 he was a Lance Sergeant in 1 Troop of No.3 Commando winning an inter troop shooting competition at Bone, North Africa, during a period of rest and recuperation after active service in Sicily and Termoli.

GRAHAM, Thomas

Private Thomas Graham No 3 Commando
Private
5946665
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.

GRANT, Archibald Campbell

Archibald Grant 62 and 3 Commando
Private
14317292
No 3 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Royal Army Service Corps
Ayrshire Constabulary
Archibald Campbell Grant  joined the Police in 1938 and was a Police Constable in Troon, Ayrshire in 1942 before volunteering for the Commandos. He was in the 3rd Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre) at Achnacarry.

GRANT, James

Lance Sergeant
14241856
No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Moray and Nairn Constabulary
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant James Grant died 11 July 1944 during operations at Amfreville, Normandy. Previously wounded at Termoli October 1943. Son of Peter and Beatrice Grant, of Rothes, Morayshire.

GRAY, Reginald Halliday

Lance Sergeant (later Second Lieutenant)
14241796 and 346807
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Worcestershire Regiment
Birmingham City Police
Lance Sergeant Reginald Gray was wounded on the 8th June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France. Reginald Gray was a Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos and was part of the July 1942 Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre) at Achnacarry.

GREALEY, Thomas Louis

Private
14241742
No 3 Commando
East Lancashire Regiment
City of London Police
Thomas Grealey was a City of London Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes that commenced in 1942. He was wounded on 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily at Agnone and Malati Bridge (3 Commando Bridge). 

GREEN, Edward

Gunner
6017168
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Edward Green was reported missing on 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge), later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.

GREENSMITH, S.

Private
14986579
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.
 

GREER, J.C.

Lance Corporal
14241766
No 3 Commando
Black Watch
Scots Guards
??
Lance Corporal Greer, No.3 Commando, was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy [1].
  • 15 November 1944 (Guardsman) (Scots Guards) wounded in Italy [2].

GREGORY, Harry

Private
5952209
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private Harry Gregory was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations In Italy (Operation Devon). Post war member of the Commando Association from Orpington Kent.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.

GREIG, Charles

Private
14988470
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. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos.

GRIEVE, Garfield

Private Garfield Grieve
Private
3972169
No 3 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Garfield Grieve was killed in action on 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy. Son of William John and Sarah Jane Grieve, of Mill Hill, Blackburn, Lancashire.
  • 14 July 1943 wounded during operations at Sicily.

Sources
CWGC.

GRIEVE, John

Acting Lance Bombardier
14241629
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Hull City Police
John Grieve, a Hull City Policeman, volunteered for the Commandos in 1942 joining the 2nd Police Intake to the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry. Lance Bombardier John Grieve, No.3 Commando, was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy.

GRIFFIN, William George

Driver
T5575319
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Driver William Griffin was captured in 1943 during operations in Sicily.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/67, 68, and 92.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

GRIFFITHS, Evan William

Guardsman
2664194
No 3 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Evan William Griffiths was an agricultural labourer who enlisted into the Coldstream Guards at Hereford on 27 December 1940. After volunteering for the commandos he was attached to No.3 Commando.

GRIFFITHS, Ronald Eric

Private
6103950
No 3 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Ronald Griffiths died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Griffiths, of Tottenham, Middlesex.

GRIMWOOD, Kenneth Reeve

Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Kenneth Grimwood, a former pupil of Moulton Grammar School, was a Postman in 1939 and residing in Holbeach, Lincolnshire. He volunteered in 1940 for the Commandos after enlisting in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and was attached to No.3 Commando.

GROSE, Reginald George

Fusilier
6482300
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
George Medal (GM)
Fusilier Reginald Grose G.M. was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
  • 1939 Police Constable residing at 162 Stanhope Street, Camden.
  • 27 June 1941 awarded the George Medal.

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
7882436
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

GUEST, Albert Arthur

Lance Corporal
14205785
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Albert Guest died of wounds received on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Albert and Mabel Agnes Guest, of Bushey, Hertfordshire [1][2].

GUNNINGHAM, William John

Lance Sergeant
T/135778
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Gunningham died during operations at Termoli, Italy. 

Son of William and Isabelle Gunningham, of Bristol; husband of Betty Louise Gunningham, of Henleaze, Bristol.

HABRON, Patrick Joseph

Patrick Habron 3 Commando
Corporal
4544595
No 3 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment
Corporal Patrick Habron was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

HACK, Ronald Roger Louis

Private
14317745
No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Kingswood Police Station Gloucestershire
Private Ronald Hack, 6 Troop, was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge), later found to have been captured and a prisoner of war [1][1a][1b][4].

HALL, James Michael

Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
129664
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Lieutenant James Hall was reported wounded and dangerously ill on 27 December 1941 during Operation Archery at Vaagso, Norway [1]
  • 20 April 1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Lancashire Fusiliers [2].

HALLIDAY, Bernard Neil

Lance Corporal
14241743
No 3 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Metropolitan Police
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Bernard Neil Halliday was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes of 1942. 
  • 02.01.1939 joined the Metropolitan Police.

HALLS, Albert Richard

Corporal
5434768
No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Albert Halls, No. 1 Section of 6 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during Operation Jubilee at Dieppe, France, during which he was taken prisoner of war.  Post war member of the Commando Association residing Deal, Kent.

HAMMOND, Leslie John

Private
6099175
No 3 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Leslie Hammond died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Sidney George and Sarah Ann Hammond, of Guildford, Surrey.

Source
CWGC.

HANKINSON, Edward

Private
872760
No 3 Commando
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Edward Hankinson died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Son of John and Zillah Hankinson, of Bentley, Yorkshire.

HANNAN, Patrick Charles, R.

Private
6006035
No 3 Commando
East Surrey Regiment

Private Patrick 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.

HARDING, Ernest Frank

Private
5618672
No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ernest Harding was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Herman Henry and Ellen Emily Harding, of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England.
 
Sources
CWGC.

HARDING, Richard

Richard Harding 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
7888531
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Richard Harding was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action. Son of George and Fanny Harding, of Leicester, England [1][2][3].

HARDY, Eric Arthur

Gunner
14317814
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner Eric Hardy was wounded twice during operations with No.3 Commando.
  • 14 July 1943 at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
  • 6 June 1944 at Normandy, France.
Sources

HARPER, Leslie

Sgt Les Harper 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
824792
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Leslie Harper died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge) [1][2].
Extract from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail.

HARRISON, Norman

Private
4922799
No 3 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Norman Harrison was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action. He has no known grave. Son of George Harrison, and of Amelia Alice Harrison, of Crossens, Southport, Lancashire.
 
Sources

HAUXWELL, Hubert

Private
No 4 Commando
Resided 1939 with family in Gainford, Co. Durham [1]. Post war member of the Commando Association from Darlington [2]. Employed as a Carpenter for the railways and involved with the local amateur boxing scene in Darlington.

HAWCUTT, T.F.

Hawcutt 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
7893283
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
  • Motor Transport Section [1].
  • 14 July 1943 wounded during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge) [2].

HAWLEY, Donald

Private
6353584
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Private Donald Hawley was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and Malati bridge, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Longbridge, Birmingham.
 
Sources

HAYES, Harry

Private
5331619
No 3 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Harry Hayes was killed in action during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

HAYWARD, Robert Latewood

Rifleman
6897474
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
Captain (later Honorary Major)
74290
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Acting Captain Charles Head was awarded the Military Cross 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.
Recommendation

HEARN, William Herbert

Private
5625251
No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SAS
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Hearn died during operations at Termoli, Italy with the Special Raiding Squadron having left the Commando. A shell hit the truck that he was sitting in.
Service 

HEMP, Clifford Reginald

Clifford Hemp 3 Commando
Craftsman
1948356
No 3 Commando
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Clifford Reginald Hemp, a Joiner/ Carpenter from Norfolk, enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 10 February 1941. He transferred to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps on 22 December 1941, later joining the R.E.M.E.

HENDERSON, Walter, H.

Walter Henderson 3 Commando
Lance Corporal)
14241666
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) [1].
November 1943 (Lance Corporal) No.3 Commando HQ (Admin) [2].

HENDRY, William

William Hendry 3 Commando
Trooper
14241858
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Perth City Police
Trooper William Hendry 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 [1][2]
30 March 1940 joined Perth City Police [3].

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