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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.

ABRAHAM, George Henry

Known as: 
Ted
Private
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private George Abraham was wounded on 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
  • 7 June 1944 wounded and missing during operations at Normandy, later found to be a prisoner of war.
  • Post war member of the Commando Association from Bideford, Devon.
 Sources

ABRAHAMS, John, C.

Served as : 
Alias of BAKER
Gunner
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner John 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 [1].
POW Records show surname Abrahams alongside an alias of Baker [2][3].
 
Sources
[1] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.

ADDERLEY, Rex Alsager

Sapper
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
Private
No 3 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Victor Adderton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1][2]. 

AGNEW, R.

Lance Corporal
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).

ALDERSON, John

Captain
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
WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
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
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.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 (1942) and WO417/57 (1943).
 

ARMSTRONG, Robert

Private
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Private Robert Armstrong was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Later found to be prisoner of war. 
Post war member of the Commando Association from Largs, Ayrshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65 and WO417/66.

AYERS, Hubert David

Company Sergeant Major
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
Lance Sergeant
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

Lance Corporal
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

Ronald Banks, Commando Group
Private
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
Fusilier
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
Driver (Acting Lance Corporal)
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

Fusilier
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, Cyril Ernest

Private
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 as killed in action. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/59.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BARRETT, Edwin Charles

Private
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.

Corporal (later Sergeant)
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

Known as: 
Barty
Peter Ian Bartholomew No 3 Commando
Lieutenant Colonel
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

Known as: 
Surname also seen spelt BERCHERVAISE
Signalman
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

Known as: 
Bert
Herbert Beddows 3 Commando
Private
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.

BENNETT, Maurice, W.J.

Known as: 
Bill
Maurice bennett, 3 Commando
Gunner
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].
 

BIAGI, Carlo Alexander

Lieutenant
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].
Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Maybole, Ayrshire [1].

BINNIE, John

Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Lance Corporal John Binnie was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy (Operation Devon). Wounded again June 1944 at Normandy, France, rank Lance Corporal.

BLAND, C.J.

Private
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.

Source
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 2.
 

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.
 

BOYCE, John Douglas

Private
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
CWGC.

BOYLE, Francis

Corporal
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

Private
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, Edgar William

Known as: 
Bill
Captain Edgar Bradley 3 Commando
Captain (later Major)
No 3 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Captain Edgar 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. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid [2][3].

BRIDLE, Desmond George

Lance Corporal
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

WO2 Staff Sergeant Major
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
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
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

BROMLEY, Jack

Lance Corporal Jack Bromley 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
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
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.

BROWN, Robert Frederick

Known as: 
Nosher
Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
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. One of the commando contingent who landed from ML 262 he was reported missing, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
Recommendation

BRYAN, John Robert

Private
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

Lieutenant
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
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 Henry Dunn

Eric Butler 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant)
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].
  • 11 September 1943 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment [2].

CADDIS, James

Fusilier
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

Known as: 
Jock
Guardsman
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].

CARDOZO, Edward Albert

Private
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.
 
Sources
CWGC.

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).
Post from family on CVA Forum in his name.
 

CARLISLE, Alan

Known as: 
Ginger
Alan Carlisle 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
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.
  • See Linked Content below for more.

CARTER, Donald, A.

Fusilier
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Private Donald Carter was wounded 5 October 1943 during operations at Termoli, Italy (Operation Devon). He volunteered for the Commandos from the Police.

In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Constable residing at the Police Section House, King David Lane, London E1. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/69.

CARTER, Thomas

Gunner
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.
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
Published Saturday 6 June 1942

CASSIDY, Maurice Francis

Known as: 
Michael
Sergeant
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.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65.
Royal Artillery Attestation Register.

CATTERALL, James

Private
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.

CESAR, Maurice

Corporal
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.

CHAPMAN, Kenneth Harold

Private
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.

Known as: 
Ken
Private
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

Known as: 
Bertie
Private
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.

CHITTY, Wyndham Roland, G.P.

Known as: 
first name seen elsewhere as William
Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Lance Sergeant Wyndham Chitty was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be prisoner of war. [1][1a].
1944 reported back in the UK [2].
Post war member of the Commando Association [3].
 
Sources

CHRISTOPHER, Robert William

Corporal Robert Christopher
Corporal
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
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)

Known as: 
Mad Jack
Lieutenant Colonel
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 )
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

Fusilier
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). In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Constable residing at 19 Fielding Road, West Holland Park, London. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65.

CLARKE, Roy

Roy Clarke No 3 Commando
Private
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..
 

CLARKSON, Lawrence, S.

Lawrence Clarkson 3 Commando
Sergeant
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.
 
Sources
Photo in gallery titled 'No. 3 Commando Sergeants Mess 1942'.

CLELLAND, F.

Fusilier
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.

CLELLAND, John McDonald

Gunner
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.
 
Sources
CWGC.

CLEMENT, Robert Andrew

Lieutenant
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
Sergeant (Temporary Troop Sergeant Major)
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

Private
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

Lance Corporal
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

Sergeant
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

Lance Sergeant
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

Gunner
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

Gunner
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

Sergeant
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
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

Private
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
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.
  • Post war member of the Commando Association.
Sources

COX, Jack, A.

Known as: 
Jack
Jack Cox 12 and 3 Commando
Corporal
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.

1976 serving as a Police Sergeant at Saltney, just over the Welsh Border from Chester.

CRAFT, Alfred James

Lance Corporal
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].
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].

CULLEN, James Kennedy

Private
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.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/81.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

CULLING, William

Lance Sergeant
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.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.

CUMMINGS, John

Lieutenant
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

Driver (later Sergeant)
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.

Private
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
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

Acting Corporal
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

Known as: 
Freddy
Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando
Sergeant
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

Fusilier
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.
 

DAVIS, Stanley George

Private
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).

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

DAVISON, John Cyril

Known as: 
Jack
Corporal (later Lieutenant)
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

Lieutenant (later Major)
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
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.

Lance Corporal
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

Known as: 
Eric
Luis Eric de la Torre 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
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]

DEAN, Ronald Cyril

Known as: 
Dixie
Guardsman
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 on D Day.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
Stan Scott (3 Cdo).
 

DENHAM, Joah Selwyn

Known as: 
Joe
Lieutenant Denham MM
Lieutenant
No 3 Commando
Sherwood Forresters
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Joah Selwyn Denham was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Cape Spartivento, Italy, between 27 August and 5 September 1943 [1][2]
On the 30th August 1944 Cpl. Denham, M.M. was granted an Immediate Emergency Commission from the ranks in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant [3].

DENNIS, Thomas Gerald

Thomas Gerald Dennis 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
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

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
[1] Commando Association newsletters 83, 87, 108.

DIGHTON, Derrick John

Derrick Dighton 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
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

Known as: 
Jimmy
Jimmy Dix 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant (later CQMS)
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

Captain
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.

Private
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

Private
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

Captain (Temporary)
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
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

Known as: 
Dicky
Private
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

Known as: 
Johnny
Troop Sergeant Major
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.

Private
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
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

Fusilier
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

Trooper
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
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.
Released from military service 24 January 1948.
Commando Association membership no. 5956.

DUMPER, Dennis

Corporal
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
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
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.

DUNNE, Joseph

Private
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
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
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
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.

EAST, Gerald Thomas

Corporal
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 [1]
Also served in No.3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade [2].
In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 72 Ridley Road, Forest Gate, London, with his wife Edna [3].
 

EASTERBROOK, F.J.

Private
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.

EDWARDS, P.

Guardsman
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.

EDWARDS, William

Private
No 3 Commando
Lowland Regiment
Died in service

Private William Edwards died of a pulmonary thrombosis at Ashludie Sanatorium, Monifieth.

Sources
CWGC.
1946 Register of Deaths in the district of Monifieth, Angus.
 

EGLETON, Sydney Oswald

Gunner
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery

Gunner Sydney Egleton was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65.

Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

ELLIOTT, Thomas Wilson

Gunner
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

Captain
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
Company Sergeant Major
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

Known as: 
Bill
Col Bill Etches OBE MC
Lieutenant (later Colonel)
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

Fusilier
No 3 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Arthur Evans, 5 troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/85.
 
Notes
He is identified in a photo of No 3 Commando 5 troop May 1944 in our archive gallery.

EVANS, Arthur Walter

Lance Sergeant
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

Private
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, Frank

Private
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. He was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland. He had earlier also served at the S.T.C. and No.3 Commando*.
 
Sources

EVANS, Goronwy Wyn

Sergeant
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

Private
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
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.

Known as: 
Bill
Private
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

Private
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.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/68 and WO417/72.
 

FERRIE, James, E.

Known as: 
Jim
Corporal
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Corporal James Ferrie, 6 Troop, was wounded 11 April 1945 during operations at the River Aller. Post war member of the Commando Association from St. Johnstone, Renfrewshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
Commando Association newsletter 49.

FIRTH, John, A.

Sergeant
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
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.

FLETCHER, E.F.

Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
??

Lance Corporal Fletcher was wounded 7 July 1944 during operations in Normandy, France. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
 
Notes
His Service number is within a batch allocated to volunteers for the Commandos from the Metropolitan Police in 1942. Awaits verification of any Police Service.

FLOYD, William Gerald

Corporal
No 3 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal William Floyd was killed in action during operations at Termoli, Italy.
  • 19 August 1942 wounded during operations at Dieppe, France.
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68 (1943).

Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/49 (1942).

FLYNN, John

Corporal (later Sergeant)
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

Gunner
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, Thomas

Private
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.

FRY, William Charles

Private
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

Corporal
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.

Sergeant
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.

Sergeant
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

Known as: 
Paddy
Edward Geear 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
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

Known as: 
Tom
Corporal
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

Captain
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

Private
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.

Lance Corporal
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, Eric Bernhardt

Eric Gordon 3 Commando
Company Sergeant Major (later RSM)
No 3 Commando
Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Company Sergeant Major Eric Gordon was wounded 11 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France.
He had been attached to No.3 Commando since at least March 1941 taking part in most of their operations including with 4 Troop during Operation Claymore, the Lofoten raid.

GORDON, James McCutcheon

Private
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
Private
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.

Lance Sergeant
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

Known as: 
Lew
Private
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.

GREEN, Edward

Gunner
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.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/66 (1943) and WO417/90 (1945).

GREENFIELD, Arthur Stephen

Lance Corporal
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.

Private
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

Private
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
Private
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

Fusilier
No 3 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier Reginald Grose was reported missing 14 July 1943 during operations in Sicily, later found to be a prisoner of war. He volunteered for the Commandos from the Police. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 162 Stanhope Street, Camden. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.

GROVE, Ronald

Ronald Grove 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
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

HAILES, Stanley Brian

Known as: 
Stan
Lance Corporal Stan Hailes 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Duke of Wellington's Regiment
Lance Corporal Stanley Hailes was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942.

HALL, James Michael

Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
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].

HALLS, Albert Richard

Corporal
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.
Recommendation

HANNAN, Patrick Charles, R.

Private
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.

HANTON, John, R.

Private
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

Lance Corporal
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.

HARDY, Daniel Charles Thomas

Private
No 3 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Private Daniel Hardy 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.
Post war emigrated to Australia.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/65 and 66.

HARDY, Eric Arthur

Gunner
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
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65 (1943) and WO417/77 (1944).

HARRISON, Norman

Private
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.

HAWCUTT, T.F.

Known as: 
Taffy
Hawcutt 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
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].
  • 1 August 1944 wounded during operations at Normandy, France, remaining at duty [3][3a].
Sources

HAYES, Harry

Private
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).

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

HAYWARD, Robert Latewood

Rifleman
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)
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
Corporal
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.

Private
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

Trooper
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.

HERBERT, Roy George

Lieutenant
No 3 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Roy George Herbert DCM, MM, died during operations in Normandy. [1]

HERN, Gordon

Private
No 3 Commando
Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Oxfordshire Constabulary
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Gordon Hern was reported missing on 27 August 1943 during early Italian beach reconnaissance, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave.
Gordon was a Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intakes 1942/43. His name is on the Oxfordshire Constabulary WW2 Memorial located at St. Mary's Church, Banbury.
 

HEWITT, Denis Story

Lance Sergeant
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

Private
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

Gunner
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

Known as: 
Lofty
Corporal
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.

HILL, Reginald

Gunner
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner Reginald Hill was wounded 14 July 1943 during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). Post war member of the Commando Association from Stoke on Trent.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/66.

HILLERNS, Michael Guy

Lieutenant
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

Lance Bombardier
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

Private
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.

HINDE, Fred

Private
No 3 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Fred Hinde was reported missing 14 July 1943, later confirmed as killed in action, during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/67 (1943) and WO417/76 (1944).

HOBSON, A.J.H.

Sergeant
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

Trooper
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

Known as: 
Ginger
Lance Corporal
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

Guardsman
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.

Lance Corporal
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]. He was a Policeman who volunteered as part of the Police Intakes to the Commandos in 1942 [3].

HOOPER, Samuel, L.

Known as: 
Sam
Sam Hooper 3 Commando
Private
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
T/Major
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

Sergeant
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
Company Sergeant Major
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.

HUDSPETH, George Edward

Sapper
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Sapper George Hudspeth was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.

HUGHES, Charles Richard

Lance Sergeant
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

Corporal
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

Corporal
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 Sicily during which he was captured. Post war member of the Commando Association.
Recommendation

HUTCHINGS, John Middleton

Known as: 
Jack
2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Original grave of 2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Second Lieutenant
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."
 

HUTT, Edward James

Known as: 
Ted
Edward Hutt 3 Commando
Guardsman
No 3 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Guardsman Edward Hutt, 3 Troop, was wounded 11 April 1945 during operations at the River Aller. Post war member of the Commando Association from East Harling, Norwich.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 85.
No.3 Commando War Diary, Appendix 'D' No.1 - Casualties April 1945.

IMRIE, Bruce Berriff

Bruce Imrie 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
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
Private
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.

Private
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

Lance Sergeant
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

Private
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.

Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
??

Lance Sergeant H. Jackson was wounded on 24 March 1945 (remaining on duty) during operations to cross the River Rhine at Wesel and again on 11 April 1945 at the River Aller.

JARROM, Eric Charles

Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Eric Jarrom 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.
 
Notes

JENNINGS, Thomas Sidney

Known as: 
Tucker
Thomas Jennings MM 3 Commando
Corporal
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

Private
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
Sergeant
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

Known as: 
'Harry' or 'Wham'
Henry Horace Johnson 3 Commando
Sergeant
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

Known as: 
Midge
Private
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, Kenneth Edwin

Private
No 3 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Kenneth Jones 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.
 

JONES, Richard Artus

Acting Lance Corporal
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
Private
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

Known as: 
Billy
Lance Sergeant
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

Private
No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Peter Keast was killed in action during operations at Vaagso, Norway.
Son of Walter John and Caroline Mary Keast, of Exeter. M.R.C.V.S.
 
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

Lance Sergeant
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
Lieutenant
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, James

Private
No 3 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Private James 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.

KEVEREN, Stanley Edward

Stanley Keveren 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Stanley Keveren was attested at Gloucester into the Coldstream Guards on 22 June 1942. Former occupation Plumber. He later volunteered for the Commandos and on 11 April 1945 was serving in 5 Troop No.3 Commando when wounded during operations at the River Aller. Post war on 1 December 1945 he transferred to the Army Air Corps.
 
Sources

KIAER, Eric Arnold

Lieutenant
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

Private
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.

KING, Edward George

Known as: 
Lofty
Edward King MM 3 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
No 3 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Military Medal (MM)

Troop Sergeant Major Edward 'Lofty' King, at the time a Lance Sergeant,  was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Agnone, Sicily. 

KNILL, Ivor Richard

Private
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
Lieutenant Colonel
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

Known as: 
Jack
Private
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.

LAMBERT, Clifford

Private
No 3 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Clifford Lambert was reported missing 7 June1944 during operations at Normandy, later confirmed killed in action. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/77 and WO417/80.
 

LANE, William

Lance Corporal
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

Known as: 
Harry
Henry Larment 3 and 4 Commando
Bombardier
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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