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'Lofoten Islands - Operation Claymore'

Tuesday, March 4, 1941

Location

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

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

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

'Vaagso - Operation Archery'

Saturday, December 27, 1941

Location

Vaagso, Norway
Norway
62° 0' 10.2204" N, 5° 3' 52.9092" E

Vaagso Norway

 
A raid on Vaagso and Maaloy to destroy fish oil factories and sink enemy shipping. No 3 Commando 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
 

4 Commando

4 Commando
History of the Unit

No.4 Commando was formed on 23rd June 1940 and ‘commenced operations’ on 15th July the same year. On 22nd July 1940 the first full parade of No. 4 Commando was held in the old pavilion on the sea front at Weymouth and it was taken by the newly appointed Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. P. Legard. 

AITKEN, J.E.

Rifleman (Acting Lance Corporal)
3249930
No 1 Commando
Cameronians

Lance Corporal Aitken, 4 Troop, was wounded 31 January 1945 during operations at Hill 170, Kangaw, Burma.

ALCOCK, H.

Private
No 4 Commando

Post war member of the original Commando Association with whom they lost contact. Last known address: Birmingham. [Source:CA Lost Legion 1].

ALLARD, Camille

Known as: 
seen elsewhere as ALLART
Lance Corporal
914FN43
No 10 Commando
No 4 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Camille Allard, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations in the Netherlands.
 

ALLEN, W.

Lance Sergeant
4918457
No 4 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Lance Sergeant W. Allen, 'C' Troop was wounded during operations in Normandy, France.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
Linked Content below.
 

ANDERSON, Andrew, P.

Private
2989761
No 4 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Private Andrew Anderson, 'C' Troop was wounded on 15 August 1944 during operations in France.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/81.
Obituaries.
Linked Content below.
 

ASPDEN, Jack

Jack Aspden 9 Commando
Lance Bombardier (later Major)
318595
370978
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Loyal Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden, aged 21 and from Preston, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war [1][2][2a][5].

BAGDONAS, Edward

Edward Bagdonas 4 Commando
Private
3319294
No 4 Commando
Highland Light Infantry
Private Edward Bagdonas, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was wounded in June 1944 during operations at Normandy. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Glasgow.
 
Sources
Partial Nominal Roll for Dieppe in archive.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.

BAILEY, Lionel James

Private
6297835
No 4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Lionel Bailey, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

BALL, Joseph

Funeral of Fus. Joseph Ball No 4 Commando
Fusilier
6016394
No 4 Commando
Royal Irish Fusiliers
Died on war service

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.]

BANFIELD, Graham

Private
14574286
No 4 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Private Graham Banfield was wounded during operations in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Gwent.

Source
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 111 issued September 2000.

BANKS, Allan

Known as: 
Monty
Fusilier
3446930
No 4 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers

Fusilier Allan Banks, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was wounded 10 June 1944 during operations at Normandy. Post war member of the Commando Association from Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire.
 
Sources
Partial Nominal Roll for Dieppe in archive.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
Commando Association newsletter 79 (1984).

BARRASS, Nicholas William

Lieutenant
295395
14253337
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Bradford Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Nicholas Barrass died during operations in Holland. Whilst engaged in a house clearance at Flushing he was killed by a sniper who fired from an adjacent building. Commissioned from the ranks as Second Lieutenant on 2 October 1943.

BATTY, Ronald Lorraine

Corporal (later Lance Sergeant)
5389646
No 4 Commando
Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Ronald Batty, No.4 Commando, was wounded 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France. Sometime later he left the Commando and returned to his Regiment. Lance Sergeant Batty was killed in action serving in Italy. Son of Charles Woodrofe Batty and Fanny T. Batty; husband of Barbara Batty.
 
Sources
CWGC.

BEATTIE, Bruce Albert

Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
214143
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Lieutenant Bruce Beattie took part in the Normandy landings with 1 Brigade Signal Troop.
17 June 1944 assumed command of the Signal Troop after Captain Alexander was wounded.
18 June 1944 promoted Captain, Signal Troop.
Also served with No.7 Commando, No.4 Commando and No.10(IA) Commando.

BEND, Francis William

Known as: 
Frank
Frank Bend 4 Commando
Sergeant
7901939
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Sergeant Frank Bend from Wyberton, Lincolnshire, served in No.4 Commando from its early days taking part in many of their actions including the Lofoten Islands, Hardelot,  Dieppe and Flushing. His wife was from Ayr. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Boston, Lincolnshire.
 
Sources

BENNETT, Hector Allan

Private
6297280
No 4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Hector Bennett died during operations at Normandy, France.

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

BISHOP, John

Lance Corporal
5674696
No 4 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Bishop died during operations at Dieppe, France. He has no known grave. Son of John J. Bishop and Frances Bishop, of Shoreditch, London.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.
 

BORGMAN, Robert Bernard John

Lance Corporal
7911119
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Robert Borgman was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
In 1939 he was residing at 93 Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield with Carl and Ethel Borgman, believed to be his parents, and was a member of the Special Constabulary.

BOUCHER-MYERS, Bertram William Sydney

Known as: 
Bill
Major Boucher-Myers 4 Commando
Major
112893
No 4 Commando
Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Bertram Boucher-Myers took part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids receiving a MiD for the the latter [1], after which he was posted to the Staff College at Camberley. In 1946 he served with the East Lancs in India during their transition to independence. In 1949 he was posted to the military mission in Greece followed by a 2 year attachment to the Sudan Army.

BRADSHAW, Stanley Arthur

Private (later Lance Corporal)
6297735
No 4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Stanley Bradshaw, No.4 Commando, took part in Operation Jubilee at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. Shortly after the raid he left the commando.
  • 23 April 1943, Private, 1st Bn. East Surry Regiment, wounded Italy.
  • 2 November 1943, Lance Corporal, 5th Bn. The Buffs, died of wounds Italy.
Sources
CWGC.

BRAMWELL, Thomas

Fusilier
4206261
No 4 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Served in 'E' Troop. Participated in the Dieppe Raid. Post war member of the Commando Association from Halewood, Liverpool.
 
Sources
Partial nominal roll for Dieppe in archive.
RWF Enlistment Registers for 1940.
Commando Association newsletter 93 (1991).
 

BRAY, A.S.

Private
2989788
No 4 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Private A.S. Bray, 'C' Troop was wounded on 15 August 1944 during operations in France.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/81.
Linked Content below.

BROOKING, Alfred Edwin

Known as: 
Fred
Private Fred Brooking 4 Commando
Private
5619678
No 4 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Private Alfred 'Fred' Brooking was one of a group of early volunteers for No 4 Commando, serving in 'G' and later 'B' troop [1].  He took part in almost all their raids and operations throughout the war.  Our Gallery contains images of him back from the Lofoten Raid and he is also named on the nominal roll for those from No 4 Commando who took part in Operation Jubilee at D

BURKE, Anthony John

Known as: 
Tony
Lieutenant
249832
No 4 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Lieutenant Anthony Burke was wounded on 7 November 1944 during operations in North Western Europe (Operation Infatuate) [1]
31 October 1942 commissioned Second Lieutenant [2].
24 July 1946 relinquished commission on grounds of disability [3].

BURNESS, Michael Frederick

Lieutenant
73154
No 4 Commando
Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Michael Burness died during operations at Normandy on D Day. 
 
His brother 129290 Lt. Arthur Donald Burness also died serving with the Royal Artillery,  attd. 661 A.O.P. Sqdn. Royal Air Force.
 
Source: CWGC
 

BURT, Hutchison

Hutchison Burt 4 Commando
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
231543
No 4 Commando
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Hutchison Burt, 'E' Troop, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Normandy [1].
  • 23 April 1942 commissioned 2/Lt. from the rank of Warrant Officer Class 11 (S. Gds) [2].
Sources

BYRNE, Patrick Joseph

Acting Sergeant
2719257 & 436106
No 4 Commando
Irish Guards
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Patrick Byrne, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [1].
Recommendation

CARLIN, James

Known as: 
Jim
Private
3194284
No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Private Jim Carlin was wounded on 20 August 1944 during operations in Normandy, France. On this date his Unit were involved at L'Epine and took casualties from enemy fire. Post war member of the Commando Association from Stranraer, Scotland.
Extract from the No.4 Commando War Diary
20 August 1944 L'Epine.

CARR, Edward Lionel Knyvet Augustus

Known as: 
Knyvet
Captain Carr MC 4 Commando
Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
106677
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Captain (E.L.K.A.) Knyvet Carr, Heavy Weapons Troop, was awarded the M.C.[1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Flushing on the 1st November 1944 [2]. He remained in service with the Royal Artillery post war retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 20 July 1974 [3].
 

CAWTHRAY, Eric

Trooper
14555554
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Eric Cawthray died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of George Alfred Cawthray, and of Annie Cawthray, of Bradford, Yorkshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

CHITTY, John Albert

Lance Sergeant
6850530
No 4 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Sergeant John Chitty, 'C' troop, died in a training accident during Exercise Brandyball near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall, an area known as The Brandys. A veteran of the Dieppe raid in 1942 he has no known grave.

CLARKE, Patrick Joseph

Fusilier
6482285
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police (War Reserve)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Patrick Clarke was killed in action during operations at Normandy, France.
Patrick was a painter decorator by trade residing at 11 Fairmead Road, Tufnell Park, London.
In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police War Reserve Officer.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

CLEAVELEY, Francis, G.

Francis Cleaveley 4 Commando
Private
5186173
No 4 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Private Francis Cleaveley 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 WO417/52 and WO417/94.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/11.

CLEWES, James Dennis

Known as: 
Jim
Guardsman
2619831
No 4 Commando
Grenadier Guards

Served with the Commando at Dieppe, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Stourbridge, West Midlands.

Sources
Partial nominal roll for Dieppe in archive.
Commando Association newsletters 85 (1987) and 92 (1991).
 

COULSON, Garnett

Sapper
1881715
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Garnett Coulson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on ML 268 and has no known grave. Son of Garnett and Faith Coulson, of Romford, Essex.
Service
09.10.1939 enlisted Royal Engineers at Romford.

COULSON, Leonard Nickson

Known as: 
Len
Captain Len Coulson 4 Commando
Captain (Temporary Major)
155037
No 4 Commando
Durham Light Infantry | Royal Pioneer Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Temporary Major Leonard Coulson was awarded the M.C. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Normandy on 6 June 1944 and the days following it [2].
 

On the 21st September 1954 he was promoted Major in the Royal Pioneer Corps [3].

COX, Frederick Ernest

Trooper
6918671
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Frederick Cox from Edmonton Middlesex was killed in action at Normandy, France. The exact location was described later as being in the Orchard at Oger*.
Son of William and Helen Cox; husband of Dorothy Lily Cox; father of Brian Cox.
 
Sources
CWGC.

CRAIG, George McKinlay

Rifleman
3248703
No 4 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Rifleman George Craig, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/76 and WO417/81.
Partial nominal roll for Dieppe in archive.
 

CREW, John William

Known as: 
Jack
Sergeant
5947714
No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Sergeant John Crew, No.7 Commando, known as 'Jack', was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war from 1 June 1941. He had served in No.4 Commando prior to embarking with No.7 Commando for the Middle East. Post war member of the Commando Association from Harpenden.
 
Sources

CROIZER, Robert

Lance Sergeant
390FN43
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Robert Croizer, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 96, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

CROXTON, Michael John

Michael John Croxton 6 Commando
Bombardier (later Major)
917046
334592
No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery
North Staffordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Bombardier Michael Croxton, No.6 Commando 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his escape from captivity whilst a prisoner of war. He was aged 22 at the time and from Tittensor, Staffordshire.
Recommendation

CUNNINGHAM, Harry

Private (Acting Lance Corporal)
7357055
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Harry Cunningham, R.A.M.C. attached as Medical Orderly to No.4 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallantry of the highest order whilst accompanying leading troops during prolonged and bitter street fighting in the town of Flushing on the 1st November 1944 [2].
 
Sources

DALE, J.

Known as: 
Jock
Private Dale 4 Commando
Private
5953035
No 4 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Private Dale received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe 19 August 1942.
Recommendation

DARLINGTON, Kenneth Carr

Kenneth Darlington MM 12 Commando
Private
3605415
No 12 Commando
SBS
No 4 Commando
Border Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Kenneth Darlington was awarded the Military Medal[1] for gallantry during Operation Cartoon, a successful raid on Stord Island. The target was the demolition of an Iron Pyrite mine.

DAWSON, Robert William Palliser

Lieutenant Colonel
130068
No 4 Commando
The Loyal Regt.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Robert Dawson was one of the first subalterns to join No 4 Commando in 1940, later taking part in the Dieppe raid  as Captain of 'C' troop.  
  • 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.  

DIPLOCK, Anthony Bruce

Lance Corporal
6291999
No 4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)

Lance Corporal Anthony Diplock was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later found to have been wounded and prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Broadstairs, Kent.

DOBBS, Cyril

Cyril Dobbs MM 4 Commando
Montgomery and Cyril Dobbs
Acting Sergeant
4914036
No 6 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Cyril Dobbs was awarded the Military Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished service during operations at the River Maas [2]. He also served in No. 4 Commando and participated in the Dieppe raid in 1942 [3][4].
Recommendation
Unit No.6 Commando

DONKIN, Henry

Known as: 
Old Donkin
Private
3649481
No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Henry Donkin, 'F' troop,  a veteran of Dunkirk, was shot and killed whilst engaging the enemy during operations at Flushing, Holland.
He had previously been wounded on 9 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DOUGLAS, W.

Private
4276906
No 4 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment

Private W. Douglas, 'C' Troop, was wounded on 6 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
Linked Content below.

DOUGLAS, Walter

Known as: 
Wally
Private
4276906
No 4 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment
Private Walter Douglas, 'C' Troop, was wounded on 6 june 1944 during operations at Normandy. He remained on duty. He died in an accident at work in 1946 after being released from military service.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

DUMENOIR, Raymond

Sergeant
736FNHO
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Raymond Dumenoir, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 7, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

DUNNING, James Edwin

Known as: 
Jimmy
Troop Sergeant Major Dunning
James Dunning 1992
TSM (later Major)
277393
No 4 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal West Kent / Royal Hampshire
James Dunning was one of the original volunteers for No. 4 Commando. Promoted Troop Sergeant Major he took part in the Lofoten Islands and Dieppe raids  before being commissioned Second Lieutenant on the 22nd May 1943. He then served as an instructor at the Commando Basic Training Centre.

EAST, Gerald Thomas

Corporal
6482238
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Corporal Gerald East, No.4 Commando, was wounded 6 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France [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].
 

ELMS, Frank

Lieutenant Frank Elms 6 Commando
Frank Elms and his wife Joan on wedding day
Second Lieutenant
304633
No 4 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Northampton Borough Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Frank Elms died during operations at Normandy, France.
A serving Police Officer in Northampton he volunteered for the Armed Forces in 1941 serving in the Royal Air Force before joining the Commandos.
Extract from the No 4 Commando War Diary

ENNIS, James Francis

Known as: 
Jock, ‘carpet slippers’
Lt James Ennis 4 Commando
Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
53193
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Metropolitan Police
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant James Ennis received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 19 August 1942 in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].
Previously participated in the Hardelot raid acquiring the nickname 'Carpet Slippers' [2].

ETCHES, George Henry

Gunner
1438674
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner George Etches was wounded 10 August 1944 during operations in France.
Post war member of the Commando Association. 1959 collapsed and died at his work.
 
Sources
Royal Artillery Attestations Registers for 1938.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.

FAIRBRIDGE, A.F.H.

Fusilier
3452795
No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers

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.

FARNWORTH, Joseph L.

Known as: 
Joe
Corporal
3601332
No 4 Commando
Border Regiment

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.

FARRINGTON, John Beddell

John Beddell Farrington
Private (Acting Lance Corporal)
5111475
No 4 Commando
'Layforce'
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Lance Corporal John Farrington was reported missing on 2 June 1941 during operations at Crete with Layforce. He was held as a prisoner in both Germany and Poland, and later awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for his numerous escapes from different camps.
Citation

FINNEY, William

Trooper later Lance Corporal
7903742
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Trooper William Finney was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.

FINNIS, Leslie

Known as: 
Tubby
Private
6297984
No 4 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Private Leslie Finnis was wounded during operations in North West Europe 1944.
 
Source
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 /National Archives file WO417/77.
 

FLESCH, Raymond

Lance Corporal
66FN43
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Raymond Flesch, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 153, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

FLOWERS, Dennis

Lance Sergeant
5342083
No 4 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Bronze Lion (Netherlands)
Lance Sergeant Dennis Flowers was awarded the Bronze Lion conferred by Her Majesty The Queen of the Netherlands for his gallant and distinguished service during operations at Flushing, Holland, on 1st November 1944.
 
Sources
London Gazette 38018, page 3322.
National Archives file WO373/144/497.

FLYNN, John

Corporal (later Sergeant)
3192275
No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John Flynn, a radio operator with 'B' troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 [1]

FORSHAW, Alan

Company Quartermaster Sergeant
T141150
No 4 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Army Service Corps

Sergeant Alan Forshaw, No.4 Commando and 1 Special Service Brigade, was wounded 20 June 1944 during operations in North West Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Doncaster.

FOURER, Lucien

Corporal
10407FN42
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Lucien Fourer, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 99, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

FRASER, George

LSgt George Fraser MM No 4 Commando
Lance Sergeant
405825
No 4 Commando
Lovat Scouts
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant George Fraser MM, 'A' troop, died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
Recommendation for Military Medal

FUSSELL, Peter Lincoln

Peter Fussell 1 Special Service Brigade
Private (later Major)
214506 & 461895
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Private Peter Fussell served in No 4 Commando, 'F' troop, and took part in operations at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. Later that year he moved to 1 Special Service Brigade HQ (Clerks) [1] and [2].
 
Post war he was commissioned and retired as a Major in the R.A.O.C. 
 

GARTHWAITE, William Owen

Private
3854009
No 4 Commando
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Garthwaite, 'C' troop, was killed in action during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of William Thomas Garthwaite and Sarah Jane Garthwaite, of Ackworth, Yorkshire, England; husband of Doris Ann Garthwaite, of Ackworth.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/50.

GILCHRIST, Donald Johnston

Captain
90629
No 4 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Donald Gilchrist was serving as a Captain in the Cameronians when he volunteered for the Commandos. After acceptance he went to the Commando Depot at Achnacarry in February/March 1942 and successfully completed his training after which he was retained there as an Instructor.

GOFF, Samuel Watson

Samuel Goff 4 Commando
Private
5111581
No 4 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Samuel Goff, 'C' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was reported wounded and missing during operations in Normandy, later reported died of wounds.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80 (2 reports).
Linked Content below.
 

GOOCH, Frederick Maurice

Private
6145770
No 4 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frederick Gooch died during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of Alfred Maurice and Olive Gooch; husband of Hilda Florence Gooch, of Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey, England.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.

GULVIN, Peter James

Private
6216253
No 4 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Peter Gulvin died of wounds sustained during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/76/77.
 

GUMPERTZ, Kurt Wilhelm

Served as : 
GRAHAM, Kenneth William
Kurt Gumpertz alias Kenneth graham
Private
5550144
No 10 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Kurt Gumpertz, a German national, died of wounds during operations in Normandy, France, whilst attached to No 4 Commando.  He served in 3 troop, also known as 'X' troop, of the inter allied commando under the alias of Kenneth Graham. Son of Karl Wilhelm and Else, husband of Elisabeth of Highbury, London.
 
Sources
CWGC.

HAIG-THOMAS, David

Lieutenant
120492
No 4 Commando
No 14 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant David Haig-Thomas,  No. 4 Commando 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. [1].
  • Appointed to 1 troop No.14 Commando on 3 December 1942 on formation of the unit. No.1 troop was the canoe troop. [2].

HARPER, Stanley Eric

Known as: 
Eric
Stanley Eric Harper 7 Commando
Harper 7 Commando
Sapper
1880061
No 7 Commando
Royal Engineers
Sapper Stanley Harper was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. he had previously served in No.4 Commando.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

HARRIS, George Francis

Known as: 
Geordie Lad
Lance Corporal
3601406
No 4 Commando
No 10 Independent Company
Border Regiment
George Harris enlisted and was posted to the 6th Bn., The Border Regiment before being attached to 520 Petrol Unit, RASC. 
  • On the 26th April 1940 he volunteered for and was attached to No 10 Independent Company and embarked with them for overseas duty, sailing to Freetown, Sierra Leone and returning to the UK via Dakar and Gibraltar a month later.

HATHAWAY, Henry, C.

Henry Hathaway 4 Commando
Rifleman
6854343
No 4 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps

Rifleman Henry Hathaway was wounded on 10 August 1944 during operations in France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Troon, Ayrshire.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 84 issued March 1987.
 

HAWKINS, Isaac

Known as: 
Johnny
Isaac Hawkins 4 Commando
Lance Corporal
7265317
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Croix de Guerre (France)
Medical Section, No.4 Commando. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star by the French Government for his gallantry during Operation Infatuate whilst attached to a French company as Medical Orderly. Post war member of the Commando Association from Poole, Dorset. Ordained to the priesthood when aged 67.
 
Sources

HECKMAN, Edward Percy Henry

Lance Corporal
5344513
No 4 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Edward Heckman died during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of Sydney Edward and Lilian May Heckman, of Reading, Berkshire, England; husband of Nancy Georgina Heckman, of Caversham, Reading.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/50.

HILL, Edward Arthur

Gunner
1440112
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner Edward Hill from Coventry was shot and killed during operations at Flushing, Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty lists / National Archives file WO417/85.
RA Attestions Register 1938.

HILL, Joseph

Sergeant
781097
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Joseph Hill, born Gateshead, was attested into the Royal Artillery on 11 April 1928 aged 16. During WW2 he volunteered for the Commandos and was attached to No.4 Commando.
 
Sources
Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942.
Commando Association membership No. 9036.

HILLS, Robert Edward

Staff Sergeant
7587712
No 4 Commando
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Staff Sergeant Robert Hills was wounded on 10 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Nottingham.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79 (2 reports).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 83 issued Sept. 1986.
 

HINDE, Albert Leslie

Bombardier
800268
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Bombardier Albert Hinde from Sheffield died as a result of an accident in Scotland. He was attested into the Royal Artillery on 17 February 1930 and had served in India and later at Dunkirk with the British expeditionary Force. After joining No.4 Commando he took part in the Lofoten Islands raid.

HOODLESS, Donald Samuel

Lance Corporal
6478881
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Donald Hoodless, 'C' troop, died in a training accident during Exercise Brandyball near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall, an area known as The Brandys. A veteran of the Dieppe raid in 1942 he has no known grave.

HORNE, Frederick, J.

Private
5118341
No 4 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Private Frederick Horne received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
Recommendation

HORNE, George

Lance Sergeant
5948229
No 4 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

Lance Sergeant George Horne was a prisoner of war after operations at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. He was initially reported as being killed in action this later being corrected to his being alive and in captivity. Post war member of the Commando Association from Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

HULOT, Leopold Hyacinthe

Lt Leopold Hulot
Lieutenant
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Leopold Hulot, a citizen of France, had served as 2 i/c of 10 Commando 8 troop, and the French troop of No 4 Commando in WW2. Post war in 1948 he died of wounds during French operations in Indo China.
 
Mort pour la France
 
Sources
CommandoKieffer website

HUMPHRIES, A.E.R.

Corporal
2621891
No 4 Commando
Grenadier Guards

Corporal Humphries was wounded on 6 June 1944 at Normandy, France, and again on 1 November 1944 during operations at Flushing, Holland. 

Sources
Casualty Records / National Archives files WO417/77 and WO417/85.

HUNTER-GRAY, John Simon

John Simon Hunter-Gray 4 Commando
Lieutenant
271536
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant John Hunter-Gray was awarded the M.C. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Flushing on the 1st November 1944 [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36994, page 1542.
[2] National Archives file WO373/52/673.

IRONSIDE, William

Known as: 
Jock
Gunner
865186
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Gunner William Ironside was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1937.
Volunteered in WW2 for the Commandos and was attached to No.4 Commando.
7 June 1944 wounded during operations at Normandy, France.
6 March 1946 transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

IVES, Albert Frank

Private
6104683
No 4 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Albert Ives died of wounds received on 8 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.

IVISON, Henry George

Known as: 
George
Gunner
1398027
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner Henry George Ivison was wounded and taken prisoner of war during operations at Dieppe, France [1][1a][4].
  • 8 January 1940 attested at Kingston into the Honourable Artillery Company, 11th Regiment RHQ [2][3].
  • 18 July 1940 attached to No.4 Commando [2].
Sources

JACKSON, Ernest Stanley

Known as: 
Jacko
Fusilier (later Lance Corporal)
6482265
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier Ernest Jackson was wounded June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France.
He volunteered for the Commandos from the Police. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at the Police Section House, Crawford Place, Marylebone, London. Post war member of the Commando Association who record his final military rank as lance Corporal.
 

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM
Marine (Acting Temporary Corporal)
Ch X 104562
Brigade Signals
Royal Marines
Military Medal (MM)

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. "

KEENAN, James

Lance Corporal
7012717
No 4 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal James Keenan died during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of James and Annie Keenan; husband of Jeanie Jess Keenan, of Troon.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.
 

KENDRICK, Percy George

Known as: 
Shock
Lance Corporal
5336379
47RM Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Percy Kendrick, RAMC attached 47RM Commando, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the assault on Port-en-Bessin on 7 June 1944. [2]. He was the 'X' Troop Medical Orderly [3].
 

KENNEDY, Michael Crawford Scott

Known as: 
Doc
Captain Michael Doc Kennedy 4 Commando
Captain (later Major)
291723
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Croix de Guerre (France)
Captain Michael 'Doc' Kennedy, R.A.M.C., Medical Officer attached to No.4 Commando, was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Vermilion Star by the French Government in 1945.
 
Sources
National Archives file WO373/185/578
 

KENNETT, Kenneth Cecil

Kenneth Kennett 4 Commando
Sergeant
2073019
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
1 May 1939 enlisted into the Royal Engineers.
1940 serving 208 Field Coy, RE (B.E.F.) reported missing France, later found to have been evacuated back to UK.
21 July 1940 attached No.4 Commando.
11 November 1940 attached 3 Special Service Battalion.
22 February 1941 attached No.4 Commando.

KERR, John

Known as: 
Johnny
Corporal
No 4 Commando
Former Corporal Johnny Kerr collapsed and died at the wheel of his car.  
 
Sources
CA Newsletter 35 issued Sept. 1962.
Email from Mark Johnson ref. Larment  who was in 4 Cdo and friend of Johnny Kerr.
 

KIEFFER, Phillippe

Known as: 
The Pacha
Phillippe Kieffer
Capitaine de Corvette
13FN40
No 10 Commando
French Fusiliers Marins
Military Cross (MC)
Captain (Commandant) Phillippe Kieffer, Officer Commanding the French Detachment, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations in Normandy.
 
Recommendation

KINET, Henry Robert Lawrence

Sergeant
No 10 Commando
No 4 Commando
No.10 (IA) Commando French troop attached No.4 Commando.
Post war 1946, working oil industry Lagos, Nigeria.
1966 working Tokyo,  Japan.
Listed in obituaries of March 1972 newsletter, died Lima, Peru*.
 
 [Source: Commando Association newsletters 3, 43, and 54*].
 

KING, Peter Frederick

Lieutenant
7536394 & 328163
No 4 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Peter King was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in NW Europe [1].
  • 3 July 1944 (Sergeant) (Acting TSM 'C' Troop) granted an Immediate Emergency Commission [2][2a].
  • 21 December 1949 relinquishes his commission [3].

KIRBY, William John

Fusilier
6482295
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier William Kirby was wounded June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France.
He volunteered for the Commandos from the Police. In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Officer serving at the Police Station, High Street, Stoke Newington. Post war member of the Commando Association residing in Clapton before moving to Stamford, Lincolnshire.
 

KNIGHT, John Henry

Original Grave of Pte JH Knight 4 Commando
Private
6216169
No 4 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Knight was reported missing 6 June1944 during operations at Normandy, later confirmed killed in action.

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

KOONS, Franklin Marion

Known as: 
Zip
Corporal
No 4 Commando
US Rangers 1st Bn.
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Franklin Koons, 1st US Ranger Bn., United States Army, aged 23 and from Swea City, Iowa, was attached to No.4 Commando for Operation Jubilee at Dieppe, France on 19 August 1942. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and admirable leadership during the operation.
 
Sources

LAING, David

Known as: 
Jock
Sgt Laing 4 Commando
Sergeant
2765791
No 4 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant David Laing, 'E' troop, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Normandy. Son of David and Ann Laing, of Almondbank, Perthshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Partial Nominal Roll for Dieppe.
 

LAMBERT, Peter Laurence

Peter lambert 4 Commando
Fusilier
6482261
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier Peter Lambert was wounded 1 November 1944 during operations at Walcheren, The Netherlands. He had volunteered for the Commandos from the Metropolitan Police. In 1939 he was a Police Officer serving at Stoke Newington Police Station. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Garrison Lane, Chessington in 1952.

LARMENT, Henry Frederick

Known as: 
Harry
Henry Larment 3 and 4 Commando
Bombardier
884501
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.

LATHAM, Leslie, James

Private
14241799
No 4 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Stoke on Trent Police
Private Leslie Latham was wounded in 1944 during operations in North West Europe. Leslie was a Police Constable from Stoke on Trent who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. He served in 'A' Troop and the Intelligence Section of No.4 Commando.
 
Sources

LAUX, Pierre

Pierre Laux 4 Commando
Private
13807764
No 4 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Pierre Laux died of wounds during operations at Flushing, Holland.
Extract from a report after the operation.
3 Troop, page 24.

LEMOIGNE, Jean

Corporal
470FN42
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Jean LeMoigne, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 181, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

LEONARD, G.A.

Private
14420444
No 4 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment

Private Leonard was wounded June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France.

Sources
Casualties Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

LESSONS, Victor Alfred

Victor Alfred Lessons 4 Commando
Guardsman
2665441
No 4 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Guardsman Victor Lessons was attested into the Coldstream Guards on 29 September 1942 aged 18 and volunteered for the Commandos the following year. He served in No.4 Commando alongside his brother Corporal George Lessons at Normandy and Walcheren. 
Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

LETANG, Jean

Corporal
10870FN40
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Jean Letang, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 105, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

LION, Robert

Capt. Lion 10 Commando
Captain
55533
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Robert Lion, Medical Officer, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 193, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Normandy.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

LISTER, Dudley Stuart

Dudley Stuart Lister MC
Lieutenant Colonel
No 10 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel Dudley Lister MC, a veteran of World War One, was Commanding Officer of three different commando units in WW2. An international sportsman his forte was boxing. He had been Army heavyweight champion and had represented Great Britain in the Golden Gloves contest in Madison Squuare Gardens, New York, before the war [1].

LOCKETT, Jeffrey Gordon

Lieutenant (later Temporary Major)
149534
No 4 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Royal Leicestershire Regiment, 7th Bn.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Served as a Gunner in a TA Royal Artillery unit from 2 September 1939 until 31 May May 1940 when he began officer training in 162 OCTU [1]
21 September 1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Seaforths [2].

LOFI, Alexandre

Alexandre Lofi
Captain (later Commandant)
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Military Cross (MC)
No.10 (IA) Commando 8 Troop (French).
March 1944 Officer Commanding 8 Troop after death of Captain Trepel [more....].
No.4 Commando French Troop.
Recommended for Military Cross: Awards Britain to Foreign.
Post war President of the French Branch of the Commando Association. 
 

LOGAN, F.J.

Lance Corporal
14241747
No 4 Commando
Essex Regiment, 2nd Bn.
??
Private F. Logan was wounded 1 November 1944 during operations at Flushing, Holland. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing West Ham, London.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/85.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.
 

LOGAN, Frank Allan

Lance Corporal (later Captain)
233094
No 4 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of Oranje Nassau with Swords (Netherlands)
Served in the 7th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment before volunteering for the Commandos in 1940. 
5 May 1942 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Corps of Royal Engineers [1].
London Gazette 1946 - Mentioned in Despatches (Temporary Captain) (Royal Engineers)  in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [2].

LOVAT, Lord

Birthname: 
FRASER, Simon Christopher Joseph
Known as: 
Shimi
Brigadier
44718
No 4 Commando
Lovat Scouts
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Justice of the Peace (JP)

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.

MACDONALD, John Alexander

Lieutenant
151548
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps (1st Royal Dragoons)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Macdonald was reported wounded and missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave. 
Son of Maj. John Alexander MacDonald, O.B.E., and Mary Catherine MacDonald, of Ringwould, Kent.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MACKENZIE, Alistair Campbell

Lieutenant
90787
No 4 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lieutenant Alistair Mackenzie died as a result of an accident at Troon. Educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, he entered the University to study Economics, and became an enthusiastic member of the O.T.C., distinguishing himself in shooting. He received his commission on 2 October 1939 and took part in the Lofotens raid.
 
Sources

MAHAN, Robert McK.

Fusilier
14241712
No 4 Commando
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
??

Fusilier Robert Mahan, 'C' Troop, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Teeside.

MANLEY, Frederick, Reuben, W.

Known as: 
Fred
Guardsman
14241835
No 4 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Luton Police
Guardsman Fred Manley joined the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. 
  • 6 June 1944 wounded (remaining on duty) on 6 June 1944 at Normandy, France [1].
  • August 1944 one the No.4 Commandos sent to Field Marshall Montgomery's Caravan HQ as a special Commando Guard [2].

MANN, Richard

Known as: 
Dickie
Lance Corporal Richard Mann MM
Lance Corporal
5344652
No 4 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Richard Mann, 'C' Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe [1]
Recommendation

MARRON, Austin

Known as: 
Forenames seen elsewhere as Augustine Peter
Corporal
14241713
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Newcastle City Police
Corporal Marron, 'C' Troop, was wounded on 6 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France. 
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 85 Tamworth Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
 
Sources

MARTIN, Donald Hugh

Donald Martin 4 Commando
Sergeant
14241838
No 4 Commando
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Norwich City Police
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Donald Martin, 1 Troop (formerly C Troop), received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe, specifically for his part during operations on the island of Schouwen, Holland. 
A serving Police Officer he had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the 1st Police Intake in 1942. 

MAYBURY, John

Original grave of Cpl Maybury 4 Commando
Corporal
2621526
No 4 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Corporal John Maybury, 2 troop, was shot and killed during Operations Intemperate 1 and 2, against the German occupied island of Schouwen, Holland [1][2][3]
  • June 1944 (Lance Corporal) (No.4 Commando) wounded at Normandy [4].

MAYNARD, James Barcliffe

Rifleman
6856611
No 4 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Rifleman James Maynard was wounded 9 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.
Obituaries of Commando Association newsletter 7 issued September 1948.

MCCARTHY, Peter Francis

Sergeant
3775704
No 4 Commando
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Peter McCarthy was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe [1]. Also served at the CMWTC and with 46RM Commando. [2]. 
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 35729, page 4328.

MCCUBBIN, Duncan Stuart

Private (Acting Lance Corporal)
14241679
No 4 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Liverpool City Police
Duncan McCubbin served in 'C' Troop and 1 Troop. He volunteered for the Commandos as part of the police intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 20 Thurston Road Liverpool.

MCDONOUGH, Thomas

Thomas McDonough 4 Commando
Gunner
2198211
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner Thomas McDonough was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe. 

McGANN, Stanley

Private
3653925
No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Stanley McGann died of wounds received during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of Thomas and Ethel McGann, of Branston.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.
 

MCGUNNIGLE, William Mitchell Pollock

Known as: 
Bill or Jock
William McGunnigle
Private
3313894
No 7 Commando
No 10 Commando
No 4 Commando
Highland Light Infantry
'B' Company, 6th Bn. HLI.
Volunteered for Commandos.
'G' Troop No.7 Commando.
HQ Troop No.10(IA) Commando.
'D' Troop No.4 Commando, Normandy.
Wounded 25 July 1944 Breville.
Emigrated to Canada post war.
Remembered at the National Field of Honour, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada.
 
Sources

MCIVER, Geoffrey Donald

Private
6482254
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier Geoffrey McIver was wounded 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 
In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Constable residing at the Police Section House, 98 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey. He volunteered for the Commandos from the Metropolitan Police rejoining them after the war ended. He was serving as a Police Constable when he died in 1961.
 

MCKAY, Donald Bell

Lieutenant
199623
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Donald Bell Mckay was commissioned on 19 April 1942 [1].
Named on a partial nominal roll in this archive as a Royal Engineers Lieutenant in No.4 Commando during the Dieppe raid on 19 August 1942.

MCVEIGH, Patrick

Known as: 
Paddy
Patrick McVeigh DCM 4 Commando
Lance Sergeant
3853876
No 4 Commando
The Loyal Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Patrick McVeigh, 'F' Troop,  was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe.
 

MEDDINGS, Sidney William

Sidney Meddings 4 Commando
Corporal (Sergeant)
6482267
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Corporal Sidney Meddings was wounded during operations in Western Europe (Flushing Holland). 
A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 16 Sherrard Road, Manor Park. Post war member of the Commando Association.
Obituary by Henry Brown OBE

MELLARS, Vivian Roy

Lance Corporal
14241770
No 4 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Leicester Police, and, Metropolitan Police
Lance Corporal Vivian Mellars was wounded during operations in North West Europe (date not reported). He was a Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes of 1942 [1][2][2a][3]. 

MELLOWS, Charles Henry

Charles Henry Mellows 11 Commando
Gunner (Driver I/C)
6896651
No 11 Commando
Royal Artillery
Gunner (Driver in Charge) Charles Mellows was reported wounded on 9 June 1941 during operations at Litani River, Syria. Post war member of the Commando Association from Kent.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/31.

MENDAY, Ronald Philip

Captain Ronald Menday 4 Commando
Ronald Philip Menday
Major (later lieutenant Colonel)
132150
No 4 Commando
Highland Light Infantry
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Ronald Menday was second in command of No.4 Commando at Normandy on 'D' Day. Took command for a short period after Lt. Col. Dawson [more...] was wounded [1]
  • Commissioned Second Lieutenant May 1940 [2].

MERCER, Duncan Thompson

Lance Corporal
3773037
No 4 Commando
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Duncan Mercer died of wounds during operations at Dieppe, France. 
He has no known grave. Son of William Alexander Mercer and Jane Gibson Mercer, of Maghull, Lancashire.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archive files WO417/49, WO417/52, and WO417/61.
 

MERRY, Jack

Jack Merry in 2 Commando
Bombardier
No 2 Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery

Bombardier Jack Merry served in 2 Troop, No.2 Commando and later in No.4 Commando.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 26 issued March 1958.
CVA Gallery image.
[Image] From the collection of Gnr. Reg Coy, No 2 Cdo., courtesy of his son Clive.
 

MESSANOT, Georges

George Messanot 10 Commando French
Sergeant
10410FN42
No 10 Commando
No 4 Commando
Free French Forces
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Georges Messanot, 2nd Battalion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no.71,  was awarded the Military Medal whilst attached to No.4 Commando during operations at Flushing, Holland.
Recommendation

MILLS, Alexander

Lance Corporal
3777204
No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment

Lance Corporal Alexander Mills was reported wounded and missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Edward and Cecellia Mills, of Liverpool, England.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/54 (1943).
 

MILLS-ROBERTS, Derek

Brigadier
69334
No 6 Commando
Irish Guards
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches

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;

MITCHELL, William Henry

Known as: 
Bill
Trooper
14241635
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Yorkshire
Trooper William Mitchell, 'D' Troop, was wounded 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. He had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at Devonshire Street, Keighley, Yorkshire. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

MONCEAU, Yvan

Known as: 
seen elsewhere as MONCEAUX
Yvan Monceau 10 Commando French
Lance Corporal
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Yvan Monceau, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 173, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Flushing.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

MONTEAN, Jean

LCpl Jean Montean 10 Commando
Corporal
657FN43
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Jean Montean, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 112, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Flushing.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

MORRIS, Leonard Christopher Hugh

Corporal
6482298
No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Corporal Leonard Morris was wounded 1 November 1944 at Walcheren, The Netherlands.
1942 employed as a Metropolitan Police Constable on 'D' Division, warrant number 126727.
1942 volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes.
Post war member of the Commando Association residing Eltham, SE9.
 
Sources

MOSS, John

Served as : 
TAYLOR, John
Lance Corporal
3850897
No 4 Commando
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Moss, serving under the alias of Taylor, was reported wounded and missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later presumed killed in action. Husband of Florence May Moss, of Welling, Kent.
 
Sources
CWGC
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/55.

MULLANIFF, John

Known as: 
Jack
John 'Jack' Mullaniff 4 Commando
Corporal
No 4 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Corporal John Mullaniff, known as Jack, served in No.4 Commando taking part in the Dieppe raid and the Normandy landings.
Extract from the Lancashire Post

"The 'Chief' dies aged 88
Published: 09:45 Friday 18 January 2008
They called him "Chief" until the end.

MULLARD, Sidney John

Sergeant (later Lieutenant)
14241800
352357
No 4 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Birmingham City Police ??
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Sidney Mullard was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe [1][2].
  • 27 July 1945 commissioned Second Lieutenant (Camerons) [3].
  • 1948 first Honorary Secretary of the new Birmingham branch of the Commando Association. Remained as such for many years [4].

MULLEN, Brian Joseph

Lance Corporal
2075499
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Brian Mullen died of wounds during operations at Normandy. A talented artist and photographer LCpl Mullen had previously taken part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids. 
 
Souces
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
 

MUNNS, Leonard Cyril

Lance Corporal
14241771
No 4 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Leicester City Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Leonard Munns died during operations at Normandy, France.
The son of Mrs. E. J. Munns, of Leicester, Leonard was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 Leonard was a Probationary Police Constable residing at 83 Checketts Road, Leicester.
 
Sources

NAYLOR, Howard

Lance Corporal
14241772
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Nottingham Constabulary
Lance Corporal Howard Naylor was wounded on 10 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations in Normandy France.
A serving Police Officer he had volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Officer, single, and residing with his family at 11 Beech Avenue, Arnold, Nottingham. Member of the Commando Association.
 

NICHOLSON, J.

Private
14241684
No 4 Commando
Duke of Wellington's Regiment
??
Private Nicholson was wounded in June 1944 during operations at Normandy France.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / NAtional Archives file WO417/76.
 
Notes
His service number indicates possible Police Intake to the Commandos. Awaits verification.
 

NICOLSON, Angus

Corporal
14241801
No 4 Commando
Black Watch
Birmingham City Police
Corporal Angus Nicolson was wounded 8 August 1944 during operations at Normandy. He had volunteered for the Police as part of the Police Intakes of 1942. In 1939 he was a Police Constable at the Police Station, 234 Ladywood Road, Birmingham. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Kings Norton, Birmingham.
 
Sources

NOTMAN, John

Private
3189059
No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Notman died during operations at Le Hauger, Normandy.
Extract from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard 
Published Saturday 15 July 1944

O'DONNELL, Robert

Known as: 
Bob
Private
3319042
No 4 Commando
Highland Light Infantry
Private Robert O'Donnell was wounded 25 July 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Shirebrook, Derbyshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
Commando Association newsletters 74, 90, and obituaries in 99 (1994).

OLD, G.

Private
3769345
No 4 Commando
King's Regiment

Private G. Old, 'C' Troop, was wounded on 8 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/77.
Image in Gallery of names in No.4 Commando 'C' troop.
 

OLIVER, Frederick Arthur John

Pte Frederick Oliver No 4 Commando
Private
6344890
No 4 Commando
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Died in service
The exact circumstances of the death of Private Frederick Oliver are not fully known to this archive. He is listed as one of ten men from the 1st Bn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment who were wounded in Italy on the 8th October 1944, a further six being wounded on the 7th, 9th, and 10th [1]. However he is recorded as attached to No.4 Commando on the C.W.G.C.

OSTICK, Ernest

Private
14241685
No 4 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Yes
Private Ernest Ostick was wounded 20 August 1944 during operations at Normandy. He had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes of 1942. In 1939 he was a Police Constable, married, and residing with his wife Mary at Tanfield Road, Manchester. He was residing in Macclesfield, Cheshire, at the time of his death in 1989. Post war member of the Commando Association. 

PALFREY, Edward Francis

Edward Palfrey 4 Commando
Lance Corporal
14241827
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Somerset Constabulary
Lance Corporal Edward Palfrey, 'F' Troop, was wounded 6 June 1944 during operations in Normandy. He had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing 97 Benedict Street, Glastonbury. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

PARK, John

Sergeant
3709917
No 4 Commando
SBS
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Sergeant John Park, a veteran of the 1942 Dieppe raid whilst attached to No.4 Commando, was reported missing 25 December 1943, later reported killed in action during the Hardtack 11 raid at Gravelines on the French coast.

PASQUALE, James

Private
7262386
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps

Private James Pasquale was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later found to be a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Nantwich, Cheshire.

PASQUALE, Joseph

Joe Pasquale 4 Commando
Lance Corporal
7359503
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Joseph Pasquale died when a mortar shell exploded near him at Normandy. Son of Joseph and Winifred Pasquale from Liverpool; husband of Jean Marion Lucille Pasquale, of Lewes, Sussex. Also commemorated on the family headstone in Ford Cemetery, Liverpool. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

PENNINGTON, Harold Hammond

Capt Pennington 4 Commando
Captain
130871
2192204
No 4 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain Harold Pennington was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268.
B.A. (Oxon.), Kitchener Scholar, and Rugby Football Blue (1937).
Son of Walter and Ada Pennington, of Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire; husband of Edna Elizabeth Pennington.

PETTIWARD, Roger Gamelyn

Captain
120922
No 4 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Roger Pettiward, 'F' troop, died during operations at Dieppe, France. Son of Charles and Eliza Mary Pettiward; husband of Diana Pettiward, of Long Handborough, Oxfordshire.

PORTEOUS, Capt. Patrick Anthony, VC

Captain
73033
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Victoria Cross (VC)
Lieutenant (T/Captain) Patrick Anthony Porteous was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry during operations at Dieppe. 
 
During the later Normandy landings he commanded 'D' troop of No 4 Commando. He held the war substantive rank of Captain and was confirmed in the rank on the 26th August 1945.(1) 
 

PORTMAN, Irving

Known as: 
Bill
Bill Portman MM 4 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
1870112
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Irving Portman was awarded the MIlitary Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe. 

Sources
London Gazette 35729, page 4328.
 

PRICE, John Edgar Dudley

John Edgar Dudley Price 4 Commando
J.E.D. Price 4 Commando
Sergeant
5110316
No 4 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Private John 'Jed' Price took part in Operation Claymore (Lofoten Islands), Operation Jubilee (Dieppe), and Operation Overlord (Normandy). Promoted Sergeant in 1944 after DDay to become the Pay Sergeant in the Administration Section of the Commando.

Post war 'Jed' , then residing in Troon, was the first Honorary Secretary of the Ayrshire Branch of the Commando Association.

REGAN, John Leslie

Known as: 
Tim
Lieutenant John Leslie Regan
Lieutenant
.1507949 and 315706
No 1 Commando
Royal Artillery / Royal Welch Fusiliers / Royal Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
John Regan was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 [1]
1939 transferred to the Royal Welch Fusiliers [2].
Volunteered for Special Service.
1943 received a Mention in Despatches as a Sergeant (attached SS Troops) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa [3][*].

ROBERTS, Richard

Private (later Sergeant)
3065239
No 4 Commando
Royal Scots
Royal Scots Fusiliers
George Medal (GM)
Private Richard Roberts,  'C' troop, No 4 Commando, was wounded on 8 June 1944 during operations in Normandy France [1].
1947 (Fusilier) (1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers) awarded the George Medal [2][2a].
Also served in the Korea War [3]
Recommendation for the George Medal

RODGERS, Joseph

Private
4611338
No 4 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)

Private Joseph Rodgers was reported wounded and a prisoner of war 19 August 1942 after operations at Dieppe, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Stalybridge, Cheshire.

RUPPE, Yvan

Corporal
1129FN43
No 10 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Yvan Ruppe, 1st Batallion Fusiliers Marins Commando, badge no. 150, attached to No 4 Commando, died during operations at Flushing.
 
Mort pour la France.
 

RUSHTON, Edward Gordon

Edward Rushton 4 Commando
Corporal
14241694
No 4 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Colne Police
Corporal Edward Rushton, 'F' Troop, was wounded in 1944 during operations in North West Europe.

A serving  Police Officer he had volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 12 Crabtree Street, Colne.

SADLER, William Jack

Private
14416797
No 4 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Sadler died in the UK of wounds received during operations at Normandy.
 
Sources
CWGC
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
 

SAERENS, Robert

CSM Robert Saerens MM
Company Sergeant Major
10828FN41
No 4 Commando
French Fusiliers Marins
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major Robert Saerens serving in the French troop of No. 4 Commando was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry, leadership, and example.
 
Recommendation

SCANLON, George

Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
7386392
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)

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.

SCRIVENS, William Richard

Known as: 
Bert
Scrivens 4 Commando
Corporal
No 4 Commando

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.

SENEE, Jacques Pierre Antoine

Lt Jacques Senee 4 Commando
Lieutenant
1185 FN43
No 4 Commando
Free French Forces
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Jacques Senee, a citizen of France, had served as part of the French troop of No 4 Commando in WW2. Post war in 1950 he died during French operations in Indo China.  [Source: Commando Association newsletter 11 issued Sep

SHARPE, Thomas Cyril

Known as: 
Cyril
Pte Thomas Sharpe 1 Commando Brigade
Private
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-
Private Thomas Cyril Sharpe, Intelligence Section, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade HQ, designed the memorial at Amfreville, France, honouring the Fallen from his Brigade.
Also served in No.4 Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

SHAW, Frank

Gunner
1794179
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Frank Shaw, 'C' troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

SIEVEWRIGHT, John

Known as: 
Jack
Private
2826283
No 4 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Sievewright, 'C' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France, after volunteering to go forward to assist his seriously injured troop officer Captain Style.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The Fighting Fourth by Major James Dunning.
Linked Content below.
 

SKERRY, John

John Skerry 4 Commando
Lance Corporal
6144649
No 4 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal John Skerry received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe.
Recommendation
Operation Jubilee, Dieppe Area, 19th August 1942

SKINGLEY, Sidney

Private
6103113
No 4 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Sidney Skingley, 'C' troop, was killed in action during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
Linked Content below.
 

SMALLMAN, Sydney

Sydney Smallman 4 Commando
Private
4035253
No 4 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Sydney Smallman died during operations at Normandy on DDay.

Sources
CWGC.
[Image] From family via Forum posting by Stephane Saint-Martin.

SMILLIE, John, M.

Corporal
PLY/X.2093
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade, No.4 Commando, and 3 Brigade Signals. 
Post war member of the Commando Association.
1962 licensee of the Tradesman's Arms, Octagon Street, Plymouth.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 34 (1962).

SMITH, Anthony, D.C.

Known as: 
Tony
Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
130201
No 4 Commando
Intelligence Corps
Lieutenant Anthony Smith was the Intelligence Officer for No. 4 Commando at Dieppe, and later Brigade Intelligence Officer, rank Acting Captain, 1st Special Service Brigade HQ at Normandy.
 

SMITH, Eric, A.

Lance Corporal
No 7 Commando
No 4 Commando
No 6 Commando
-
Post war member of the Commando Association from Wargrave on Thames, Berkshire.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 (1995).
 

SMITH, Fred

Gunner
1108398
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Fred Smith died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Normandy.
 
Source
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
London Gazette 36720, page 4474.

SMITHSON, Milton

Corporal
No 4 Commando
SBS

Parachute trained No.4 Commando took part in the Dieppe raid. Later transferred to 2 Special Boat Section. Post war member of the Commando Association from Rossendale, Lancashire.

Sources
2 SBS Timeline document (below).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119.
 

SPEECHLEY, William

Private
5830134
No 7 Commando
Green Howards
Private William Speechley, No.7 Commando, was reported missing 20 April 1941 during operations at Cyrenaica.  Later found to have been captured and later transported to Stalag 344. Had earlier served in No.4 Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cambridgeshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/26 and WO417/95.

STANNACK, Luke

Luke Stannack 7 Commando
Lance Corporal
1890170
No 7 Commando
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal Luke Stannack from Hull was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations in Crete, later found to be wounded and a prisoner of war. In 1943 he is reported as back in the UK no longer a prisoner.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/30.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

STOCKDALE, William Richard

Troop Sergeant Major
6910706
No 4 Commando
Rifle Brigade (Prince Consorts Own)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Troop Sergeant Major William Stockdale was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. [1]
Recommendation

STYLE, Dofydd Carlyle Willoughby

Known as: 
David
Captain David Style MC 4 Commando
Captain
71766
No 4 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Dofydd Style, known as David, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the combined attack on Dieppe, France, on 19 August 1942 (Operation Jubilee) 

SULLIVAN, Norman Tracy

Private
4618047
No 7 Commando
No 4 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Norman Sullivan was reported missing 2 June 1941 during operations on Crete, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had previously served in No.4 Commando.
Post war member of the Commando Association residing Newbury.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/27 and WO417/31.

SUTTON, George Henry

George Sutton 4 Commando
Private
4347101
No 4 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private George Sutton, from Hull, was reported missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Sutton. of Hull, England. 

SWINSON, Stanley

Stanley Swinson 4 Commando
Lance Corporal
4038517
No 4 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Lance Corporal Stanley Swinson served in the Commandos from December 1940 until January 1946 taking part in many of the No.4 Commando operations including at Dieppe, the advance across North West Europe and Walcheren, Holland.
  • 21st Army Group commendation for outstanding good service and great devotion to duty during the campaign in North West Europe.  

TAYLOR, P.V.C.

Lance Corporal
5111406
No 7 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/7th Bn.

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.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/28 and WO417/36.
Prisoners of War Lists / National Archives file WO392/11.

TAYLOR, Thomas Christie

Gunner
815495
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died in the UK
Private Thomas Taylor died in the United Kingdom. Son of David Air Taylor and Annie Taylor; husband of Florence Elizebeth Taylor, of Norwich [1].
Service
1930 attested into the Royal Artillery; 16 September 1934 to Army Reserve; 16 April 1939 rejoined from Army Reserve [2].

THOMPSON, John Edwin

Captain
138288
No 6 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Military Cross (MC)
Captain John Thompson, No.6 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished servce during operations in Normandy on 7 June 1944. He was in command of a force of three Troops that launched an attack against an enemy strongpoint at Amfreville. He also served in No.4 Commando.
  • 1956 appointed Headmaster of Keswick School.

THOMPSON, Walter Gerald

Birthname: 
ZADIK, Walter Gabriel
Walter Thompson 10 commando
Lance Corporal
5550142
No 10 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Walter Thompson, born Walter Gabriel Zadik, was reported missing 20 June 1944 in Normandy France, whilst attached to No.4 Commando, later found to be a prisoner of war. From Germany and of the Jewish faith he served under the alias in 3 Troop (also known as 'X' Troop) of No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando. 
Naturalisation Certificate

TILLY, Stanley Victor

Known as: 
Stan
Stan Tilly 4 Commando
Corporal
6297957
No 4 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Corporal Stanley Tilly, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, was wounded on 12 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France [1][2]
Post war member of the Commando Association who unceasingly carried the Brighton Branch Association flag to every ceremony in Normandy so as to show a British Flag among the many French Pennants [3].
 

TUCKER, George Arthur

Signalman
2586214
No 4 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman George Tucker was reported wounded and missing 19 August 1942 at Dieppe, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Arthur Sidney and Elsie Tucker, of Swanage, Dorsetshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/50 and WO417/55.
 

TYREMAN, George Vincent

Private
14241777
No 4 Commando
No 12 Commando
Lincolnshire Regiment
Lincolnshire Police
Private George Tyreman, 'C' Troop, was wounded during operations at Normandy, France.
Post war member of the Commando Association residing Lincolnshire.
1939 employed as a Clerk with Lincolnshire Police later joining as a Constable.
1942 volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes.

TYSON, Robert

Private
3195138
No 4 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert Tyson, 'C' Troop, died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

VAUGHAN, Charles Edward (Lt Col)

Lieutenant Colonel
2646398 & 142142
No 4 Commando
No 7 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
The Buffs, East Kent
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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.

VEASEY, Arthur Francis Sherrard

Lieutenant
149347
No 3 Commando
No 4 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Arthur Veasey, No.3 Commando, received a mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field. [1][1a][1b].
Recommendation
Lieut. Veasey was captured at Lentini, Sicily, on 14 July 1943 and at the time of Italian Armistice was at Camp 19 (Bologna). 

VOURCH, Guy

Lt. Guy Vourch
Captain
52822
No 10 Commando
No 4 Commando
Free French Forces
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Guy Vourch, No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando (French) attached No.4 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe.
Recommendation

VOWLES, Richard Guy

Corporal
T 180262
No 4 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Corporal Richard Guy Vowles, aged 31 and from York, was captured at Dieppe on 19 August 1942 and was a prisoner of war until liberated in 1945. He had initially been wrongly reported by the War Office as killed in action and this was published in the local newspapers. In October 1942 the family were informed that he was alive and a prisoner of war.

WALKER, Alfred John

Lance Sergeant
3657617
No 4 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Alfred Walker died during operations at Flushing, Holland. He was fatally wounded by a shell which burst on the Oranje Molen promontory while marshalling prisoners into loading parties. He had been wounded three times previously in his service.
  • 19 August 1942 wounded during operations at Dieppe, France.

WALL, Jack

Trooper
7904237
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Trooper Jack Wall died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
 

WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
Lance Corporal
14241809
No 4 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Wolverhampton Police Force
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Arthur Ward died during operations at Normandy, France.
Arthur served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war and volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. 
In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 74 Springfield Road, Wolverhampton.

WARDLE, Reginald

Lance Corporal
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
No 4 Commando

2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade and No.4 Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association from Sandford, Tasmania.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 120.

WARGNIER, Robert

Lance Corporal
No 4 Commando
Free French Forces
Lance Corporal Robert Wargnier served in the French Troop of No.4 Commando.
Post war he was a member of the Commando Association and his death was announced in their newsletter issued March 1979 as follows: "L/Cpl. Robert Wargnier (French Tp 4 Cdo) of Maignelay, Montigny, France." [Source: Commando Association Newsletter 68].
 

WATKINS, A.W.B.

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
5946788
No 4 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Watkins was wounded twice with No.4 Commando.
20 August 1942 Sergeant, Dieppe [1].
1944 (date not reported) R.Q.M.S., Normandy [2].
Post war member of the Commando Association with whom they lost contact, last known residing Roath Park, Cardiff [3].
 

WATTERS, Joseph

Rifleman
7012390
No 4 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Joseph Watters died during operations at Dieppe, France. He has no known grave. 
Son of James and Mary Watters; husband of Jean Watters, of Troon, Ayrshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.
 

WEBB, Gordon Geoffrey Henry

Capt Gordon Webb MC 4 Commando
Captain
927568 & 126230
No 4 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Gordon Webb was called up for military service as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery on the 9th September 1939. [1]  However in 1936 at Trinity College he had completed the requirements  necessary for the Officers Training Corps and was therefore eligible for consideration for a commission which he received. [2]
 

WELLESLEY-COLLEY, Phillip Anthony

Lieutenant Wellesley-Colley
Lieutenant
72223
No 4 Commando
South Nottinghamshire Hussars, Royal Horse Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Phillip Anthony Wellesley-Colley died during operations at Normandy, France.
1929 to 1936 attended Downside School.
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.
 
Sources

WELLS, Patrick Anthony

Private
5958490
No 4 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Died on war service
Private Patrick Wells died of wounds when his firearm was accidentally discharged whilst being cleaned.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
His daughter Sheila Wells.
 

WHATLEY, John

Lance Corporal
5387562
No 4 Commando
Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Whatley was reported wounded and missing 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France, later confirmed killed in action.
Son of Norman and Norah Radley Whatley, of Oxford, England. 

His brother Flying Officer William D. Whatley also died in the war.

WHITTAKER, Jack

Guardsman
2620598
No 4 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Jack Whittaker died during operations at Dieppe, France. He has no known grave.
Son of John and Helena Whittaker, of Middlewich, Cheshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/48.
 

WILLIAMS, Charles

Sergeant (Acting Troop Sergeant Major)
6009739
No 4 Commando
Essex Regiment
Sergeant Charles Williams was wounded 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Troon who record final rank attained as Acting Troop Sergeant Major.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.

WILSON, Oscar Frederick

Known as: 
Jack
Captain
172370
No 4 Commando
York and Lancaster Regiment

Lieutenant Oscar Wilson, 'C' Troop, was wounded on 6 June 1944 (remaining on duty) during operations at Normandy, France. Later promoted Captain. Post war member of the Commando Association from Chelsea, London.

YOUNGMAN, Ronald Herbert

Private
6215857
No 4 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ronald Youngman died during operations at Normandy on DDay.
 
Note
His age above is that shown on the CWGC record, however his family state he was only 19 when he died.
(Source: His son Ron.)
 

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