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After Burma No.1 and No.5 Commandos were withdrawn to India to prepare for Operation ‘Zipper’ the invasion of Malaya. Zipper being abandoned after the cessation of hostilities both Commando units were re-deployed to Hong Kong on policing duties.
Because of the loss of men through demobilisation,  No.1 Commando was merged early 1946 with No.5 Commando to form No.1/5 Commando which was itself later disbanded.


Gallery images [No.1/5 Commando]
 

3 Commando Brigade, Burma Operations

Saturday, January 1, 1944

Location

Myanmar
21° 54' 50.274" N, 95° 57' 22.4028" E
The reports at the foot of this page relate to the operations of the Commando Units attached to 3 Commando Brigade that took place after the 1st January 1944.
 
Link of interest
There were a large number of casualties in the Burma Campaigns, both battle and illness.
Lieutenant Colonel R. Wigglesworth, M.B., B.S. Lond., Royal Army Medical Corps, wrote an excellent article titled

5 Commando Nominal Roll

In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units. 

ADDINGTON, Raymond Thomas Casamajor

Raymond Addington MC
Lieutenant (later Major)
85533
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)

Raymond Thomas Casamajor Addington, the third son of the 6th Viscount Sidmouth, joined No 5 Commando as a 2/Lieutenant upon their formation in July 1940 [1] [3]. He was promoted Lieutenant on the 1st January 1941 [2].   Lieutenant Addington took part with No 5 Commando in Operation Ironclad at Madagascar [3]

ATTER, Frank Edward

Gunner
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Post war member of the Commando Association.
Labour Councillor for Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, from the 1950's through to the 1980's.
2 October 1981 commissioned Deputy Lieutenant, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire.
1984/85 Mayor of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
The Council named a street in his memory - Frank Atter Croft, Wolverton.
 

BALCHIN, John

Known as: 
Tim
Captain John Balchin 5 Commando
Captain
164911
No 5 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
King's Own Royal Regiment
21 December 1940 commissioned Second Lieutenant, King's Own Royal Regiment [1].
1 May 1942 transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps [2].
Served Commando Basic Training Centre (Captain) and No.5 Commando in the Far East [3].

BARTON, Leslie James

Fusilier
14604357
No 5 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier Leslie Barton was wounded 15 March 1944 during operations in Burma.
He had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Constable residing at Gilmour House, Renfrew Road, Vauxhall, Lambeth.
Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources

BEECH, James Frederick

Private
14404860
No 1 Commando
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Sussex Regiment
Died on war service
Private James Beech,  HQ 3 Special Service (Commando) Bde., reported initially by the War Office to have died a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, died in Poona Hospital, India, a victim of infantile paralysis. [1+2].
  • 31 January 1945 wounded attached to No 5 Commando. [3]
Sources

BEVAN, William James

Private
7349693
No 5 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Bevan, No 5 Commando HQ, died during operations at Maungdaw, Burma.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book.
 

BEVERIDGE, Robert

Sergeant
4534228
No 5 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Robert Beveridge, from Leeds, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He was one of the commando contingent who had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown.
Son of Samuel and Evelyn Beveridge, of Leeds, Yorkshire; husband of Phyllis Beveridge, of Leeds.
 

BOLITHO, Raymond Gordon

Raymond Gordon Bolitho 5 Commando
Lieutenant (later Captain)
174203
No 5 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Raymond Gordon Bolitho, 1 Troop, was wounded on 31 January 1945 during operations in Burma. He later received a Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/8.

BOOTH, William Martel

Known as: 
Bill
Lance Corporal (later Captain)
14241729
321576
No 5 Commando
No 1 Commando
Essex Regiment
South Street Police Station Romford

William Booth volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable at South Street Police Station in Romford.  He served in both Nos.1 and 5 Commandos leaving on being posted to O.C.T.U. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Essex Regiment, on 10 June 1944. Post war member of the Commando Association who record his rank as L/Cpl (later Capt).

BOWYER, John Douglas

John Bowyer 5 Commando
Temporary Captain
121518
No 5 Commando
1/5 Commando
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain John Bower received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37730, page 4698.
Numerous images in the No.5 Cdo Gallery.
[image] Paul Gordon, grandson.
 

BRADFORD, Alan Charles

Private
6298995
No 5 Commando
The Buffs, East Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Alan Bradford, 5 troop, was killed in action during operations at Maungdaw, Burma. 
Son of William C. Bradford and Elizabeth Bradford, of Leicester.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book.

BRAY, Hubert Alaric Arthur

Known as: 
'Oner'
Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
71164
No 5 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Hubert Bray was awarded the Military Cross [1] in May 1940 for gallant and distinguished services whilst commanding the Carrier Platoon of the 2nd Dorsets involved in the defence of Festubert, France [2].
 

BRIGHT, Gerald Kitchener

Known as: 
Tankie
Lance Sergeant
4974182
No 5 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Lance Sergeant Gerald Bright was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked on board HMS Campbeltown. Post war member of the Commando Association from Sheffield.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.

BROWN, Frederick Harold

Bombardier (Lance Sergeant)
833166
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Sergeant Frederick Brown died from the injuries caused by a self inflicted gunshot wound at Sandown, Isle of Wight.*
 
Sources
CWGC.
No.5 Commando War Diary June 1943.

BROWN, James

Known as: 
Jim
Private
2988948
No 5 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private James Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 

BROWN, Kenneth, S.

Lance Corporal
14604361
No 5 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Lance Corporal Brown was wounded 13 January 1945 during operations in Burma. 
He had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Officer residing at the Police Section House, 277 Upper Street, Islington.
 
Sources

BUCKLE, Dennis Howard

Dennis Buckle 5 Commando
Captain
187370
No 5 Commando
1/5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Post war member of the Commando Association from New Romney, Kent.
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 (2004).
[Image] No.5 Cdo. Gallery photo of No.5 Commando officers at Ahmednagar.
 

BURTINSHAW, Robert James Glover

Lieutenant
89395
No 5 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Robert Burtinshaw was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action.
Son of Sydney James Glover Burtinshaw and Lilian Beatrice Burtinshaw, of Bramhall, Cheshire. Lawyer.
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service.
Recommendation

CARR, Francis Arthur

Sergeant
1867740
No 5 Commando
Royal Engineers
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Francis Carr was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was the senior NCO of a demolition party led by Lieut Burtinshaw on board HMS Campbeltown [1][2]. He was reported missing later found to be a prisoner of war [3][3a][3b].

CHANT, Stuart Whitemore

Known as: 
Surname later CHANT-SEMPILL
Stuart Chant 5 Commando
Lieutenant (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
105159
No 5 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Private (Cadet) Chant, Artists Rifles TA, granted an emergency commission 22 October 1939 rank Second Lieutenant having attended 163rd O.C.T.U. [1]. 
  • October 1940 volunteered for the Army Commandos; attached to No.5 Commando [2].

CHURCHILL, John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming (Lt Col)

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

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

COLE, H.J.T.

Driver
No 5 Commando

Former Driver H. J. T. Cole of No. 5 Commando, later a Sergeant in the Royal Australian Army, died in 1955. [Source: Commando Association newsletter 23].

COLLINS, Michael Vincent

Known as: 
Mick
Lance Corporal
14499411
No 5 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Lance Corporal Mick Collins, 5 troop, was wounded 23 March 1944 during operations in Burma. He was a good friend of Rifleman Geoff Hill, 5 Troop, both having volunteered for special service in the Commandos from the King's Royal Rifle Corps. 

COOK, Henry John

Rifleman
6850540
No 5 Commando
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Died in service

Rifleman Henry Cook , No 5 Commando HQ, died as a result of an accident.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/100.
 

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.

CRUTCHLEY, William

Troop Sergeant Major
4452664
No 5 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major William Crutchley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37730, page 4702
Burma Star Association Membership Lists.
 

DASHWOOD, Robert Gordon

Lieutenant (later Captain)
129311
No 5 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant Robert Dashwood received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37730, page 4691.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.

DAVIES, Ronald

Known as: 
Ron
Private Ronald Davies 5 Commando
Private
14754310
No 5 Commando
Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Sources
Images in CVA Gallery.
Burma Star Membership Form.
[Image] David Davies, son.
 

DEADMAN, George

George Deadman Commando
Private
1/5 Commando
-
Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Forum post by Geoff Murray, former CVA National Secretary.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.
[Image] Julia Gilbard, daughter.
 

EDWARDS, Denis Gold

Private
5253147
No 5 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Private Denis Edwards was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Charot at St Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.

EDWARDS, Henry, E.

Lance Corporal
7019725
No 5 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Died on war service
Lance Corporal Henry Edwards collapsed and died whilst walking in Falmouth where he was billeted with the Commando. He had previously reported headaches.

FERGUSON, John MacKintosh McLaren

Warrant Officer Class 2
2318036
No 5 Commando
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Military Medal (MM)
Troop Sergeant Major Ferguson was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the battle for Hill 170, Kangaw, 31 January 1945 in which he was seriously wounded [2].
Reccommendation
Arakan 1945

FERGUSON, William

Sergeant
1426074
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant William Ferguson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown.

GLENISTER, Alfred

Fusilier
4558631
No 5 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Fusilier Alfred Glenister received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service while operating with the Army in Burma and on the Eastern Frontier of India.
 
Source
London Gazette 36925, page 757.
Obituaries in CA Newsletter 79 September 1984.
 
Notes

GODDEN, Frederic

Private
5509626
No 5 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Private Frederic Godden died in the UK on war service, cause not known to this archive. 
Son of Frederic and Maude Marion Godden, of Woolston, Southhampton.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives WO417/62.
 

HARTLEY, Sam

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
4393614
No 5 Commando
Green Howards
Mentioned in Despatches

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Sam Hartley received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 383.
Awards in 3 Cdo Bde Jungle Book issue 9.
Commando Association newsletters 16 and 53.

HERON, John Golding

Known as: 
Chips
Major John Heron 5 Commando
Major
66815
No 5 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Lieutenant John Heron, serving with 2 Dorsets as part of the British Expeditionary Force, was awarded the M.C., for his leadership and gallantry on the 27th May 1940 [1]. 
 
Citation

HILL, Arthur Charles

Arthur Charles Hill 5 Commando
Lance Corporal
14604371
No 5 Commando
General Service Corps
Metropolitan Police
Arthur Charles Hill was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at the Police Section House in Judd Street, Kings Cross. 
 
Sources
The 1939 Register covering St Pancras.
Service Record.

HILL, Geoff

Geoff Hill 5 Commando
Rifleman
14423647
No 5 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Rifleman Geoff Hill, 5 troop, was wounded 23 March 1944 during operations in Burma. He was a good friend of Lance Corporal Mick Collins, 5 Troop, both having volunteered for special service in the Commandos from the King's Royal Rifle Corps. 

HOLLINGWORTH, Leslie

Private
14604372
No 5 Commando
King's Own Royal Regiment
Metropolitan Police

Private Leslie Hollingworth was wounded 31 January 1945 during operations in Burma. 
He had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Metropolitan Police Constable residing at Bromley by Bow Police Section House, Poplar.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/89.
The 1939 Register covering Poplar.

HOWARD, Roland Arthur

Known as: 
Ron
Lance Corporal
4852382
No 5 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Roland Howard 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 HMS Campbeltown. In 1939 he was single, employed as an Engineer, and residing in Aldridge, Staffordshire.
 
Sources

HUBBARD, Thomas James

Rifleman
7021640
No 5 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Mentioned in Despatches
Rifleman Thomas Hubbard received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 384.
Burma Star Association Membership List.
 

HURLEY, Philip

Private
14503448
No 5 Commando
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Birkenhead Police Force
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Philip Hurley, 2 troop,  died during operations at Maungdaw, Burma.
Son of Philip and Clarice G. Hurley, of Claughton, Birkenhead.
Philip was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing with his parents at 14 Portland Street, Birkenhead.

IDE, George Edward

Sergeant
2321335
No 5 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant George Ide was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown. 
Son of Herbert Edward and Edith Ann Ide, of Romford, Essex; husband of O. M. Ide.
 
Sources
CWGC.

JARVIS, Joseph Augustus

Corporal
14604375
No 5 Commando
Metropolitan Police

Corporal Joseph Jarvis was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Constable based or residing at 62 Wapping High Street, Stepney. Post war member of the Commando Association.

JEFFERS, Edward

Trooper (later Corporal)
7903385
No 5 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps, Inns of Court Regiment
Died on war service
Corporal Edward Jeffers died in the UK as result of an accident whilst serving with the Inns of Court Regiment, R.A.C. [1][2].
  • July 1940 listed as Trooper attached to 2 Troop No.5 Commando on its formation [3].

JOHNS, Philip

Acting Sergeant
5435744
No 5 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Philip Johns received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37730, page 4700.
Burma Star Association Membership List.
 

JOHNSON, Bertie Lawrence

Lance Sergeant
3531584
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Bertie Johnson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. 
He embarked for the raid HMS Campbeltown and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bertie Lawrence Johnson, of Stockport, Cheshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.

JOHNSON, Douglas Edward

WO2 Company Sergeant Major
3594878
No 5 Commando
Border Regiment
Died on war service
Company Sergeant Major Douglas Johnson died in the Middle East. 
Husband of Winifred Johnson, of Carlisle.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
 
Notes

JOHNSON, William John

Known as: 
Johnny
Bombardier
889665
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery / later Royal Engineers
William Johnson was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938. He later joined No.5 Commando, was promoted Bombardier, and embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid later found to be a prisoner of war.
After release in 1945 he was transferred to the Royal Engineers 8 August 1945.
 

KING, R.

Sergeant
7349982
No 5 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant King was twice Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37015, page 1818 (Lance Corporal).
London Gazette 37730, page 4704 (Sergeant).
 

KNOWLES, William, H.

Sergeant
4911491
No 5 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Sergeant William Knowles was reported missing 30 November 1942, later confirmed wounded and prisoner of war, during operations in North Africa [1]. Captured 28 November 1942 and imprisoned in Italy before transfer to Germany [2][3].
 
Sources

LANCASTER, Leslie

Warrant Officer Class 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major)
817756
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Warrant Officer Class 1 Leslie Lancaster was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma [1].
  • 15 March 1944 wounded Burma [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37595, page 2732 dated 6 June 1946.

LINSEY, Cyril William Frederick

Cyril Linsey 5 Commando
Rifleman
14411451
No 5 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Cyril Linsey, 5 troop, was killed in action during operations at Maungdaw, Burma. Son of Frederick and Gladys Linsey, of Whetstone, Middlesex.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.

LYCETT, Robert Arthur

Robert Lycett 5 Commando
Lance Corporal
5047277
No 5 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Died on war service
Lance Corporal Robert Lycett from Amington, Staffordshire, died in hospital in India. 
Son of Robert Edward and Emma Lycett, of Ammington, Staffordshire; husband of Joyce Miriam Lycett, of Ammington; father to a 3 year old boy. Formerly employed at Tamworth Colliery.

MACGOWAN, Sydney James Watt

Private
14317303
No 5 Commando
Black Watch
Stirling Burgh Constabulary
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Sydney Macgowan died serving with 2 Troop during operations in Burma at Maungdaw. A serving Police Officer from Stirling he had volunteered for the Commandos as one of the Police Intakes. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
His granddaughter Susan Christopher.

MACPHERSON, William

Sergeant
2889124
No 5 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal William Macpherson was wounded 15 January 1945 during operations in Burma [1]. Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma, rank Sergeant [2]. Member of the Commando Association from Glenrothes, Fife [3].
 
Sources

MANFORD, Francis Stanley

Captain Francis Manford
Captain (later Major)
109054
No 5 Commando
Durham Light Infantry
Died on war service
Captain Francis Stanley Manford served in No 5 Commando until 1942. He then left the Commando and joined Mission 204. From there he became an instructor to 77 Brigade – the Chindits.. In 1944 having now joined the S.O.E.

MANNING, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Frederick Manning 5 Commando
Corporal
-
No 5 Commando
-
West Malling, Kent County Constabulary

Corporal Frederick Manning, a Police Officer from Kent, was one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos commencing his training 15 October 1942. He served with No.5 Commando in the Far East and post war resumed his service with the Police. In 1939 he was residing at 14 Council Cottages, West Malling.

MASON, Dennis Cook

Lance Bombardier
1496201
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Bombardier Dennis Mason was killed in action during operations in Kangaw, Burma. Son of Frederick John and Alice Mason, of Dunkirk, Nottingham.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book.
 

McKERR, Hugh Francis Johnston

Known as: 
Beagle
Lance Sergeant
‘1875036’
No 5 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Sergeant Hugh McKerr 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 HMS Campbeltown.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MCNIFF, Jack

Private
4537492
No 5 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Died in service unknown cause

Private Jack McNiff died during the period when No 5 Commando were involved in operations in Madagascar.

MEEK, William

William Meek 5 Commando
Craftsman
5347456
No 5 Commando
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Craftsman William Meek, 2 troop,  died during operations at Maungdaw, Burma.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book.
[Image] Matthew Beesley (nephew).
 

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].

MILES, Charles George

Rifleman
6920789
No 5 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Died in service
Died in the UK

Rifleman Charles Miles died on war service in the UK, cause of death not known by this archive. Son of William and Annie Miles, of Richmond.

Sources.
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/62.
 

MORRIS, Bernard

Known as: 
Ben
Fusilier
No 5 Commando
1/5 Commando
-
Post war member of the Commando Association from Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 116 (2003).

Commando Association Lost Legions List 8.

MORRIS, Charles, H.

Trooper
14317747
No 5 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Plymouth City Police
Trooper Charles Morris, 6 Troop, was wounded 15 March 1944 during operations in Burma. He volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing in Woodhey, Plymouth.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

PEEBLES, John Alan Laing

Captain
74660
No 5 Commando
Dorsetshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Captain John Peebles MC was mortally wounded by a premature explosion of a no. 68 grenade on a field firing exercise at Cheverton Down, nr Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. The Coroner later recorded a verdict of accidental death.

PETERS, David Robert

Maj David Peters MC and bar 2 Commando
Major
124427
No 2 Commando
Royal Tank Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Trooper David Robert Peters, a Cadet from the 102nd Officer Cadet Training Unit, was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on the 9th March 1940 [1].
  • Attached to No 2 Commando from at least January 1943 [2].

POCOCK, Thomas Charles

Fusilier
No 5 Commando
- Fusiliers
Metropolitan Police
Fusilier Thomas Pocock served with No.5 Commando 1 Troop. For a short period of time from 9 November 1944 he was attached to 42RM Commando.
He volunteered for the Commandos from the Police as part of the Police Intakes of 1942.

POLLITT, Charles Jordan Bellingham

Lt Colonel Charles Pollitt
Lieutenant Colonel
37725
No 1 Commando
No 5 Commando
No 10 Independent Company
Border Regiment
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Charles Pollitt, then a Captain, embarked with No 10 Independent Company on their deployment to Freetown in April 1940.  At the end of the year after No 10 Independent Company was disbanded he volunteered for and was posted to the Holding and Training Wing at what was then STC Achnacarry.

PRICE, Eric, C.

Known as: 
Pompey
Lance Corporal
14317816
No 5 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
??
Trooper Eric Price, 2 Troop, was wounded 15 March 1944 during operations in Burma. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Document in 5 Cdo. Gallery titled 'No 5 Cdo Memorial Service held on the 27th March 1944.'
 
Notes

PRINGLE, Thomas Henry

Birthname: 
(forenames also seen as Henry Thomas)
Known as: 
Tommy
Tommy Pringle 5 and 6 Commandos
Sapper
1877009
No 6 Commando
No 5 Commando
Royal Engineers
SERVICE
20.03.1939 enlisted Corps of Royal Engineers.
24.01.1940 British Expeditionary Force.
02.10.1940 attached No.5 Commando.
10.11.1940 5 Special Service Battalion.
Jan. 1942 No.5 Commando 4 Troop Falmouth.
12.04.1942 Commando Depot, Achnacarry.
02.09.1942 attached No.6 Commando.

REEVE, Stanley Richardson

Fusilier
14604385
No 5 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Stanley Reeve was killed in action during operations at Kangaw, Burma.  He had volunteered for the Commandos from the Police as part of the Police Intakes of 1942.
Stanley Richardson Reeve, police warrant number 128120, joined the Metropolitan Police on 4 Sept 1939, and left on 12 Jan 1945 (died). Last posted to N Division as a PC.
 

ROBSON, Charles Edward

Charles Robson 5 Commando
Private
6216863
No 5 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Private Charles Robson, No 5 Commando, and post war a member of the original Commando Association, was appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) in the 2004 New Years Honours List for services to the community in Southwark [1].

SAYER, Fred

Private (later Sergeant)
4546296
No 5 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches

Private Fred Sayer, a Signaller in 4 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 37425, page 383.
[2] Awards in 3 Cdo Bde Jungle Book issue 9.
[3] Commando Association newsletter 47.

SERRICK, Daniel

Private
3530403 and U/1805
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment and Canadian Special Service Battalion,
Killed in action or died of wounds

Pte Serrick was born in Nova Scotia. He was one of a group of young Canadians who were recruited into the Manchester Regiment by a Col R B Willis DSO - a retired officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment who had also served in 'The Manchesters'.  This group of Canadian volunteers became known as the 'Halifax Hundred'.

SHAW, David Mackenzie

Known as: 
Squaredeal
Lt Col Shaw OC No 5 Commando
Lieutenant Colonel
44209
No 5 Commando
Royal Inniskillings Fusiliers
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Commanding Officer No 5 Commando when they sailed to India in November 1943 until the 12th September 1944 when he relinquished his command to Lt Col Pollitt and rejoined his Regiment, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
 

SHEDDEN, Richard Graham

Captain
160488
No 5 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
In 1942 the then Lieutenant Richard Shedden was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in Madagascar.
 
Sources
London Gazette 35740, page 4431.
National Archives file WO373/29/135.
 
Notes

SKEATES, Albert Charles

Lance Corporal
1871381
No 5 Commando
Royal Engineers
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Albert Skeates, 6 Troop, died late afternoon on the 1st November 1940 when hit by shrapnel from an exploding shell whilst walking along the Dover-Deal road.  He was given a military funeral at St. James' Cemetery in Dover at 15:00 on the 4th November. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

SMALLEY, Christopher John

Christopher John Smalley 5 Commando
Lieutenant
92876
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Christopher Smalley died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on HMS Campbeltown he commanded a demolition party whose task it was to destroy the Dry Dock Installations. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services." 
Recommendation

SMITH, Ronald James

Private
2325823
No 5 Commando
Army Catering Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ronald Smith was killed in action during operations at Kangaw, Burma
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book (Linked Content).
 

SNADDON, J.

Known as: 
Jack
Lance Corporal
14317314
No 5 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
??

Lance Corporal Snaddon, 4 troop, was wounded in 1944 during operations in Burma.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

Document in 5 Cdo. Gallery titled 'No 5 Cdo Memorial Service held on the 27th March 1944.'

STOKES, George Stanley

Lance Corporal
5186568
No 5 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Stokes was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown, part of Lt Burtinshaw's demolition party.
Son of Fredrick Maurice and Gladys Stokes; husband of Eileen May Stokes, of Easton, Bristol.
 
Sources
CWGC.

STROWGER, John Dunkirk

Known as: 
Ken
Sergeant
No 5 Commando
Metropolitan Police

John Strowger was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable serving at Croydon Police Station, London. Post war member of the Commando Association.

STUART, Charles Robin McKenzie

Known as: 
Robin
Charles Robin Mckenzie Stuart MBE
Lieutenant Colonel
71029
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Charles Robin McKenzie Stuart , No.5 Commando, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Madagascar on June 1st 1942 [1] [2].
  • Promoted Major and Second in Command of No.5 Commando.

TOOTH, Eric Roger

Private
14737490
No 5 Commando
Kings Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Eric Tooth died on 17 May 1945 of wounds received on 30 January 1945 during operations at Kangaw, Burma. Son of Arthur and Violet Tooth, of Bignall End, Staffordshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/89 and WO417/93.
 

TUNGATT, Leonard Frederick

Original grave of Fusilier Tungatt 5 Commando
Fusilier
14604394
No 5 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Leonard Tungatt was killed in action during operations at Kangaw, Burma. He had volunteered for the Commandos from the Police as part of the Police Intakes of 1942. 
Son of Frederick Tungatt, and of Susan Tungatt (nee Tyler); husband of Kathleen Mary Tungatt, of Leytonstone, Essex.

TURNER, William George Jack

Private
14604395
No 5 Commando
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Metropolitan Police
Private William Turner was wounded in 1944 during operations in Burma. He had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 32 East Dulwich Road, London.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

WALKER, David

Known as: 
Doc
Lance Corporal
7386324
No 5 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal David Walker, Medical Section, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma. Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
London Gazette 37425, page 385.
Awards in 3 Cdo Bde Jungle Book issue 9.
Commando Association newsletter 54.

WALL, John

John Wall 5 Commando
Lance Sergeant
3654742
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.
 

WOOD, Steven Patrick

Lieutenant Colonel
45005
No 5 Commando
Royal Tank Regiment
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Colonel (Temporary) Steven Wood was the first Commanding Officer of No 5 Commando when it was formed at Bridlington in July 1940 remaining in post until 8 November 1940 when he relinquished command [1]
Post war

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