No 4 Commando
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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.
These are the main operations that No 4 Commando took part in, either on their own, or as part of a Combined Operations assault. They are in date order and form part of our overall history of No 4 Commando.
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Sergeant William Adlam was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with the Glosters as part of the British Expeditionary Force 1939-40 . On his return to the UK he volunteered for the newly formed No 4 Commando and in November 1940 was attached to 'G' troop . In August 1942 he took part in Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe raid .
- 21 September 1946 commissioned Second Lieutenant with the Loyal Regiment .
Fusilier Joseph Ball was shot and killed in circumstances that remain to this day somewhat lacking of any official acount. It is believed that the fatal shot was fired by a patrol of the Dutch Navy.
Photos of his funeral are in our gallery. [Go to gallery.]
The following information is from Jack Bakker who has researched the incident.
Private Hector Bennett died during operations at Normandy.
Lance Corporal John Bishop died during operations at Dieppe.
He was wounded on 24 March 1945 during operations with No 6 Commando .
Pte J Burgess is listed in Commando Association Lost Legion No.2 which is of those they had lost contact with over the years.
Private Frederick Burkitt died during operations at Normandy.
- 23 April 1942 commissioned 2/Lt. from the rank of Warrant Officer Class 11 (S. Gds) .
- 27th May 1954 commissioned Lt. (Qr.Mr) in the Foresters .
- 29th January 1957 received a MiD in recognition of distinguished services in Cyprus for the period 1st July to 3lst December, 1956 .
- 2nd July 1959 promoted Captain (Qr.Mr.) Parachute Regiment .
Trooper Eric Cawthray died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Fusilier Patrick Clarke died during operations at Normandy.
Fusilier George Collins died during operations at Normandy.
Rifleman John Cook died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
On the 21st September 1954 he was promoted Major in the Royal Pioneer Corps .
Trooper Frederick Cox died during operations at Normandy.
Rifleman George Craig died in the UK of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy.
- 1943 promoted Major and 2nd in command of No 4 Commando replacing Major Derek Mills-Roberts who left to command No 6 Commando.
- April 1943 Lord Lovat left No 4 Commando and Major Dawson became Commanding Officer.
Lance Corporal Diplock was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later found to have been wounded and imprisoned in Poland. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Broadstairs, Kent.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.
Commando Association Lost Legions List 4.
The No 4 Commando War Diary records
Fusilier Fairbridge served in No.4 Commando before embarking with Layforce for the Middle East. He was reported missing during operations at Cyrenaica on 20 April 1941 (Bardia Raid) later found to be a prisoner of war.
Private Orlando Farnese died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Joe Farnworth's death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 55 of 1972. His rank there is shown as Cpl. and he is additionally shown as serving in No 12 Cdo.
Private William Garthwaite, 'C' troop, died during operations at Dieppe.
Private Douglas Gillon died during operations in the Netherlands.
Private Samuel Goff, 'C' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died in the UK of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy.
Private Frederick Gooch died during operations at Dieppe.
Private James Groom died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Private Peter Gulvin died of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy.
Lieutenant David Haig-Thomas, No. 4 Commando 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. .
Lance Corporal Edward Heckman died during operations at Dieppe.
Private Kenneth Hellyer died in a training exercise accident.
Second Lieutenant Louis Hubert, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 136, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
Corporal Walter Hughes died during operations in Normandy.
Commando Association newsletter 8 issued March 1949.
- 8 January 1940 attested at Kingston into the Honourable Artillery Company, 11th Regiment RHQ .
- 18 July 1940 attached to No.4 Commando .
Private Harold Jennings died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Marine (Acting Temororary Corporal) Harold Jones, 4 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the MM for "gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations at Walcheren and Flushing whilst attached to No 4 Commando. "
Lance Corporal James Keenan died during operations at Dieppe.
- 3 July 1944 (Sergeant) granted an Immediate Emergency Commission .
- 21 December 1949 relinquishes his commission .
Private John Knight died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Sergeant David Laing, 'E' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Normandy.
1940 married his wife Alma.
Service number 884501.
Final rank - Bombardier.
Attached to No.4 Commando.
19 August 1942 participated in Operation Jubilee - Dieppe, France.
July 1944 attached to No.3 Commando in Normandy, France.
Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in NW Europe.
Post war member of the original Commando Association.
1961emigrated to Australia.
1962 residing Brisbane. .
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Legard was the first Commanding Officer of No.4 Commando on its formation in June 1940. He remained as such until replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Lister MC during the re-organisation into 3 Special Service Bn. towards the end of the year. He returned to the 5th Royal Inniskillings, retiring from service on 19 May 1949 and was granted the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
1918 (Second Lieutenant)(The Buffs) awarded the Military Cross in recognition of conspicuous gallantry .
Lance Sergeant Frank Lloyd died during operations at Normandy.
Lord Lovat first enlisted in the Scots Guards in 1932, leaving the army in 1937. Two years later at the outbreak of war he rejoined the Army in the Lovat Scouts. Lord Lovat was part of a small but elite group of men who formed the idea of a Special Training Centre, agreed on the location, and devised and implemented a course of training once it was approved. This became the first of many Special Training Centres, STC Lochailort.
The training took place in and around the camp at Lochailort, Lord Lovat's role being Fieldcraft instruction.
Lieutenant John Macdonald, 'F' troop, died during operations at Dieppe.
Citation for the MM
Corporal Frederick Maskell died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Corporal Stanley Maule died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Gunner Francis Maude received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service during Operation Claymore, the raid on the Lofoten Islands Norway, in March 1941. Later in Weymouth he became the batman/runner/minder for Lieutenant Robert Dawson and stayed with him throughout the war, during which time Dawson advanced from Section Officer to Commanding Officer.
June 1944 (Lance Corporal) (No.4 Commando) wounded at Normandy .
- Major James Dunning, No.4 Cdo and CBTC, later described him as "an ex-guardsman and one of the Commando's star footballers, who had been with the unit from its earliest days" .
Private Stanley McGann died in the UK of wounds received during operations at Dieppe.
'G' Troop No.7 Commando.
Wounded 25 July 1944 Breville.
Emigrated to Canada post war.
Commando Association newsletters 88 and 96.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
- Commissioned Second Lieutenant May 1940 .
- Received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field .
- Awarded the M.C. in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe .
Stephen, son of Bill Lewis 3 Commando, adds, "Duncan was in 4 Commando on the Varengeville Battery Raid. He is commemorated at the Brookwood Memorial in Surrey and at the little church in Varengeville- sur-Mer. He worked with my mother as a greengrocers delivery boy and then joined the Kings Regiment. He was very popular and terribly missed."
Private William Meredith died during operations at Normandy.
Lance Corporal Alexander Mills died during operations at Dieppe.
Born in 1908; educated at Liverpool College and Oxford University; worked for his father's firm of solicitors, 1935; joined Supplementary Reserve of Officers, Irish Guards, 1936; joined 1 Bn, Irish Guards, 1939-1942, and served in Norway; transferred to special services No 4 Commando, 1942; took part in Dieppe Raid, Aug 1942; Lt Col, 1943; Commanding Officer, No 6 Commando, North Africa, 1943; Brig, 1944; commanded 1 Special Service Bde (later 1 Commando Bde), North West Europe, 1944-1945; accepted the surrender of FM Erhard Milch at Neustadt, May 1945; retired from Army, 1945; commanded 12
John Moss, serving under the alias of Taylor, died during operations at Dieppe.
"The 'Chief' dies aged 88
Published: 09:45 Friday 18 January 2008
They called him "Chief" until the end.
Lance Corporal Brian Mullen died during operations at Normandy on DDay. A talented artist and photographer LCpl Mullen had previously taken part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids.
Lance Corporal Leonard Munns died during operations at Normandy.
Private Robert Ong died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Vaagso NorwayA 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
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
Lance Corporal Stanley Orchin died in a training exercise accident.
Private Victor Palmer died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Sergeant John Park was a veteran of the Dieppe raid. At the time of Sgt. Park's death units from his Commando were engaged on raids along the French coast (Hardtack raids). It is believed he may have drowned during one such raid at Gravelines, France.
View an entry about this Commando on our Forum Sgt John Park No 4 Commando.
Private William Patmore died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Captain Harold Pennington, B.A. (Oxon.). Kitchener Scholar and Rugby Football Blue, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.
Albert William Kenneth Phillott, then a Private and known as Ken, was one of the early volunteers to join No 4 Commando in 1940 aged 20. He was amongst a group of eight from the Glosters who served in 'G' (later 'B') troop of No 4. There is an image of this group in our gallery [view here].
Royal Regiment of Artillery & No. 4 Commando.
Private Ian Ridland died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Sergeant George Scanlon, RAMC attached to No.4 Commando, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe. Post war George Scanlon, a resident of Troon, was an active member of the Troon and District Branch (later the Central Ayrshire Branch) of the Commando Association being their Honorary Secretary in 1951.
Corporal William Scrivens served with No.4 Commando taking part in both the Normandy and Walcheren operations. Post war member of the Commando Association he collapsed during a rugby match at East Grinstead whilst captaining the Seaford Rugby team and died shortly afterwards.
Gunner Frank Shaw, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy.
Trooper James Sibley died during operations at Normandy.
Private Sidney Skingley, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy.
Private Sydney Smallman died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
[Image] From family via Forum posting by Stephane Saint-Martin.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/26 and WO417/95.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Private Kenneth Stout died during operations at Normandy.
Lance Corporal Taylor, 3 Special Service Bn., was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete. He was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 4A in Germany.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/36.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.
Private Oliver Travers died during operations in Normandy.
"Killed in action and buried at the time in Ste. Marguerite-Sur-Mer Churchyard whose grave is now lost. Their glory shall not be blotted out."
Private Robert Tyson died during operations at Normandy.
Charles Edward Vaughan, born 1893, was originally attached to No.7 and No.4 Commando before taking up his role as the Commandant of the newly formed Commando Depot (CBTC) at Achnacarry.
Trooper Jack Wall died during operations at Normandy on D Day.
Guardsman John Walters died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Rifleman Joseph Watters died during operations at Dieppe.
1937 joined the South Nottinghamshire Hussars T.A.
1940 posted to the Middle East. Injured and hospitalised playing rugby after which he volunteered for the Commandos.
Guardsman Jack Whittaker died during operations at Dieppe.
Captain Thomas Williamson died during operations at Normandy on DDay
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