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'Veterans return to Norway'

Extract from Commando Association newsletter 95 (1992).
RETURN TO NORWAY
Harry Pitman (No.1 Commando and No. 2 Independent Company) and John Wall (No. 5 Commando and No. 4 Independent Company) returned to Norway in May as the guests of the Norwegian No.14 Infantry Regiment to attend a ceremony in the Saltdal area, and a historical seminar. At the ceremony 30 Norwegian veterans received war medals for the service they gave throughout the war. This was followed by a lecture on the events in Saltdal in 1940.
 

4 Independent Company

In April 1940 HQ 55th (West Lancs) Division issued Divisonal Operation Order 5 authorising the formation of No.4 Independent Company.  At the time the 55th Divsion was a two Brigade Motor Division consisting of units from the 164th and 165th Brigades.
 
164 Brigade consisted of the 9th Bn. Kings Regiment, 1/4th Bn. and 2/4th Bn.  of the South Lancs. Regiment;
165 Brigade consisted of the 5th Bn. Kings Regiment, 1st Bn. and 2nd Bn. of the Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders.
 

4 Independent Company Nominal Roll

This nominal roll has been compiled from detail within this archive added to that provided many years ago by Dennis Reeves, Honorary Curator of the Liverpool Scottish Museum Archive, and compiler of the book Special Service of A Hazardous Nature: The Story of the Liverpool Scottish Involvement in Special Forces Operations in the WW2.
It is not complete. Many went on to serve in No.2 Commando.

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ASHCROFT, Arthur

Known as: 
The Hawk
Arthur Ashcroft
Arthur Ashcroft 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Arthur Ashcroft, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot , the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner war after the raid, he was later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 25 April 1940 posted to 'X' Company 1st Liverpool Scottish.

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

Captain
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Graeme Black DSO, MC, was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven Commandos of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. 

BLISSETT, Harry Harold

Maj. Blissett 2 commando
Major
No 4 Independent Company
No 2 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Harry Harold Blissett served as a Captain in No 4 Independent Company and No 2 Commando. He was appointed Brigade Major in the 1st Special Service Bde in preparation for DDay.  In 1945 he received a MiD for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe[1].
 
Source

BLYTHE, William

Known as: 
Bill
Bill Blythe 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Lance Corporal William Blythe, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

BROOME, Richard Frank

Known as: 
Dickie
Captain
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Richard Broome, OC 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Salerno and was originally buried on the forward slope of Dragone Hill [2].
 

BROWN, Louis Walter

Known as: 
Ben
Louis Walter (Ben) Brown 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Sergeant Louis 'Ben' Brown, aged 24 and from Liverpool, served in 5 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown, he was wounded during the raid and reported missing, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

BURKE, Edward

Known as: 
Tiny
Sgt Edward 'Tiny' Burke BEM, 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
1st Bn. Liverpool Scottish / Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Edward 'Tiny' Burke, from Kirkdale Liverpool, enlisted into the 1st Bn Liverpool Scots TA, Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. His civil occupation had been a Driver.
  • 23 April 1941 after volunteering for the Independent Companies he was posted to No 4 Independent Company and later took part in the landings at Bodo Norway as part of Scissors Force. 

CHEETHAM, John Frederick

Known as: 
Jack
Jack Cheetham 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Corporal Jack Cheetham, 5 Troop, was reported wounded and a prisoner of war on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.

COPLAND, William Oranmore

Major
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Major William Copland was second in command of No 2 Commando. He had previously served with No 4 Independent Company. Major Copland was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. Subsequently awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished service. 
Recommendation

COX, Hugh Wilfred

Private Hugh Cox 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Private Hugh Cox, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of Lt. Col. Newman's HQ party on board MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. He was held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg, Germany.
 

DOUGLAS, Edward

Known as: 
Ted
Corporal Ted Douglas MM
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Liverpool Scottish Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Edward Douglas , 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was one of the Commando contingent on board Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, and one of only five men from those who landed at St Nazaire, that evaded capture and escaped through France back to the UK. 
 

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action [1][1a]. He had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
Recommendation

HOLT, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Corporal Fred Holt 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Corporal Frederick Holt, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 [1]. He was initially reported missing in action until it was discovered he had been taken prisoner [2][2a][2b].  He was transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany [3].

HOMER, Levi

Known as: 
Leo
Leo Homer 2 Commando
Leo Homer 2Cdo
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Corporal Levi Homer, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war. Known as Leo Homer by some, his true name was Levi Homer.
Articles in the Liverpool Echo 2nd, 6th, and 18th  May 1942.

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Recommendation

HOOPER, Richard Henry

Known as: 
Dickie
Capt Richard Hooper MC 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Richard Hooper was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry during operations at Scaletta Sicily, during which he was wounded [1][2].
Recommendation
"Operation 'Blackcock' Sicily 16th August 1943.

HUGHES, William Armsted

Known as: 
Bladder
Bill Hughes 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private William Hughes, 5 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML177.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.

HURST, Ernest

Known as: 
Ernie, seen elsewhere as Edward
E. Hurst 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Hurst, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent emba

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Joseph Blundell

Known as: 
HOUGHTON, Joseph
Captain
No 2 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson-Houghton MC was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. Generally referred to as Joseph Houghton as the family often used the shortened surname of 'Houghton'.

JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Colin Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service at St Nazaire.
Recommendation

LOWSON, Robert Charles

Known as: 
Bob
Robert Lowson Special Air Service
Sergeant
SAS
No 4 Independent Company
No 2 Commando
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Robert Lowson was awarded the Military Medal serving with 1st S.A.S., Army Air Corps.
Recommendation

MARTIN, Robert George

Known as: 
Twim
Private Robert Martin 4 Independent Company
Private
No 4 Independent Company
2nd Bn Liverpool Scottish QOCH
Died on active service
Private Robert Martin, No. 4 Independent Company, was accidentally shot and killed returning from the British Expedition to Norway. His Company were part of Scissors Force. 

MCALLISTER, Kenneth

Known as: 
Ken Mac
Company Sergeant Major
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Troop Sergeant Major Kenneth McAllister spent several years of his childhood in America in the Southern states as his father worked in the Cotton trade. He was a fine amateur boxer. His occupation pre war was as a Cotton Clerk.
Service

MCCORMACK, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
Thomas McCormack
Tom McCormack 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas McCormack, 5 troop No 2 Commando, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed as having died on 11 April 1942 of wounds received during the raid. He was a prisoner of war in a German Naval Hospital at the time of his death. Part of Captain Roy's Assault Team who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.  

MORGAN, Richard Fuller

Lieutenant Richard Morgan 2 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major)
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment and Royal Ulster Rifles
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Richard Morgan, 2 Troop, was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire.
Embarking on Motor Launch ML262 he commanded a small protection party and was captured after the raid [1][2][2a][2b][3].
Recommendation

MOSS, Alan

WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea after being shot. He has no known grave. 
Son of George and Jane Moss, of Birkenhead; husband of Florence Beatrice Moss, of Rock Ferry, Birkenhead.

MURDOCH, Sydney Wallace John

Known as: 
Syd
Sid Murdoch 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Sydney Murdoch, 5 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. Embarked for the raid on MGB 314.
  • Private Murdoch from Liverpool was a former employee of Liverpool Corporation Transport Department.* 
Sources

PEACHEY, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Fred Peachey MM and bar
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Lance Sergeant Frederick Peachey from Warrington served with the Independent Companies and No 2 Commando. 
  • 27 December 1941 Pte. Peachey was one of the No.2 Commando detachment who took part in Operation Archery at Vaagso.

PROCTOR, John David

John David Proctor 2 Commando
Lieutenant/later Colonel
No 2 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Second Lieutenant John Proctor received his commission into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (1st Liverpool Scottish)  on the 10th February 1940.

RANDALL, Donald Charles

LSgt Don Randall 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Donald Randall, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1][4][5]
Wounded and prisoner of war. [2][3][3a]. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [4].
Recommendation

RENNIE, Jim

Known as: 
Jim
Jim Rennie 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Sergeant Jim Rennie, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Taken prisoner after the raid he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

ROBERTS, Harold

Known as: 
Aggs
Private Harold Roberts 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Lance Corporal Harold Roberts, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was wounded and taken prisoner of war.

ROGERS, Joseph Gerard Anthony

Known as: 
Joe
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant Joseph Rogers, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Spilje Albania on 28/29 July 1944.
  
Recommendation
Military Medal (Immediate) Spilje Bay, Albania, Operation Healing 2. 

ROY, Donald William

Captain Donald Roy DSO
Captain
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Private Donald William Roy, a Cadet of the Fettes College Contingent Junior Division O.T.C., received his commission into the Liverpool Scots TA on the 17th June 1939.
Lieutenant Roy was mobilised in August 1939 and posted to the 2nd Battalion. From there he volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No 3 Platoon,  No 4 Independent Company.

SHERMAN, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
2/Lt Tom Sherman
Lt Col Tom Sherman RMR
Troop Sergeant Major (later Lt Col RM Reserve)
No 2 Commando
RM Reserve
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Reserve Decoration (RD)
Tom Sherman volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No.4 Ind. Coy.  He took part in Scissorforce, the North West Expeditionary Force in Norway, and after joining No.

STEWART, John Alexander

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Stewart, 5 troop, was fatally wounded during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, and died on way to the R.A.P. He was then buried by 41 RM Commando.
 

SUMNER, Frank

Frank Sumner 2 Commando
Frank Sumner post war
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Corporal Frank Sumner, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been wounded, taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland. Post war served in Germany with Border Control for a period.

VANDERWERVE, John Edward

John Vanderwerve 2 Commando
John Vanderwerve 2 Commando
Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Vanderwerve, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He was officer in charge of a protection squad for a demolition team embarked on motor launch ML 306. Lieutenant Vanderwerve, who got engaged only 3 months before his death, has no known grave. 

WALL, John

John Wall 5 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 5 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Member and later chairman of the General Committee of the Commando Association 1995 - 2005.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletters 90, 95, 101, 118, 119.
[Image] Cropped from image in Gallery provided by his son Steve Wall.
 

WHEELAN, George Leslie

Known as: 
Les
Private Leslie Wheelan 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Private Les Wheelan, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was reported missing after the raid, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner. He was transported to Stalag 344 (V111b) Lamsdorf, Poland.

WILCOCK, Richard

Known as: 
Dick
Richard Wilcock 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Lance Corporal Richard Wilcock, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

WILKES, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Fred Wilkes 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Frederick Wilkes, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

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