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'Battle for Steamroller Farm'

Friday, February 26, 1943

Location

A Farm near El Aroussa
Tunisia
36° 27' 16.92" N, 9° 30' 30.96" E
A battle involving allied forces which included No.6 Commando against an enemy force comprised of troops of the Hermann Goering Jaeger Regiment supported by tanks. 
No.6 Commando was tasked to patrol a wooded mountainous area North of Bou Arada after intelligence reports of German infiltration through the hills north east of El Arousa. They were not expecting a large enemy force to be present.
The Commando at the time consisted of 4 Troops and an HQ comprising 15 Officer's and 231 O.R.'s. 

'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
 

6 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. 

ADAMS, Desmond

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Desmond Adams died during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

ALLAN, John

Sapper Jack Allan
No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper John Allan from Stirling died of wounds during operations in Germany. 
He had been wounded before on 7 June 1944 at Normandy and again on 24 January 1945. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/77, WO417/88, and WO417/92.

ALLENDER, James

Sgt James Allender MM and bar 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Whilst a Private with his Regiment, James Allender was awarded the Military Medal for his courage at the Pont a Chin area on May 21st 1940.  [1] 
 

ALTASS, Derek

No 6 Commando
Private Altass was reported as missing on 26 February 1943 and later found to be a prisoner of war in Italy and later in Germany. There is no Camp number in Italy listed. The German POW camp is listed as 101 [see notes below].
The date coincides with No.6 Commando's action in what became known as the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

ASTBURY, Albert Ernest

No 6 Commando
No 7 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Albert Astbury, No.6 Commando, died during operations in Germany [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at the River Aller crossing. He had earlier served with No.7 Commando and was taken prisoner of war in 1941 [2][2a] but escaped in 1943 [3]. He then joined No.6 Commando.

BARRY, J.

No 6 Commando

Private Barry was reported missing during operations in North Africa on 26 February 1943 (Battle for Steamroller Farm) later found to be a prisoner of war.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/59.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

BARRY, Jeremiah

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Jeremiah Barry died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

BIGGS, Leonard Vincent

No 6 Commando

Gunner Leonard Biggs was reported missing presumed killed in action at sea*.

He is not listed on the CWGC database or the Casualty Lists as a Commando, however his name is listed on the Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour. A full service record check should be made to confirm any Commando service.

BLAKEMAN, Albert John

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Albert Blakeman died during operations at Normandy, France.

A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he had volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was Pc 467G with an address at Sotheby Road, Islington.

BLINMAN, Harold Trevor

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Harold Blinman died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC.

BLUNDEN, Alfred Edgar

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Alfred Blunden died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France. [1] 
No. 6 Commando War Diary  "11th June 1944 Place: In the field, Le Plein. We shell BREVILLE. We are shelled heavily. We capture a ½ track 20mm gun. p.m. - Continued to be shelled. Casualties 3."

BONVIN, John Alexander

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Bonvin died in the opening hours of the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia. 
 
On 28 March 1942 he took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire as a section officer of a demolitions team on board motor launch ML443. He was evacuated back to the UK as his ML was unable to land the Commandos on board.
 

BRANSCOMBE, Leslie

No 6 Commando

Gunner Leslie Branscombe was reported missing in North Africa on 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia), later found to be a prisoner of war initially in Italy before being transported to Austria.

BRENT, Gerald Harry

47RM Commando

Gerry Brent ( birth name Gunter Harry Berendt)  served in No 47RM and No 6 Cdo. Being of the Jewish faith and having escaped to Britain from his home in Berlin in 1938, he was sent to Canada at the outbreak of war classed as an enemy alien.

BROOKING, Alfred Edwin

Private Fred Brooking 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
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

BUCKLEY, J

No 6 Commando

Private J. Buckley was wounded 24 January 1945 in Western Europe. His Commando was engaged in operations at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, Holland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.

BURNS, Vincent Joseph

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Vincent Burns died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

BYRNE, John Vincent

John Vincent Byrne DCM
No 11 Commando
SAS
No 6 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
3 May 1940 wounded at Dunkirk France serving as a Private with 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders, British Expeditionary Force [1].
Attached to and served with No.11 Commando 8 Troop (Layforce) until disbanded [5][7]. 
Joined 'L' Detachment Special Air Service 1941 attaining rank of Corporal [2][3][3a]

CHARNLEY, Bernard

No 6 Commando
Gunner Bernard Charnley was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 [1].
11 June 1944 wounded during operations with No.6 Commando at Normandy [2].
On this date his Commando were engaged in action against the enemy at Breville [3][3a].

CLAPTON, John Francis

Lieutenant John Clapton 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
No 12 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant John Clapton was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 28 January 1945 whilst leading a small Recce patrol at a wood near Linne [2].
  • Served in No.12 Commando 4 Parachute Troop prior to moving to No.6 Commando [3].
Sources

CLOVIS, John Albert

John Albert Clovis 6 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
No 6 Commando
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Sergeant John Clovis RA was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) on the 1st January 1944 [1].
10 June 1944 commissioned Second Lieutenant and later joined No.6 Commando [2][3][4].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36309, page 28.

COADE, Charles Courtenay

Charles Courtenay COADE 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Temporary Major Charles Courtenay Coade, Second in Command, was wounded when hit by a stick grenade during operations on DDay at Normandy. He returned on 8 August 1944, was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer. He remained as such until January 1945 when Lt. Col. Tony Lewis DSO assumed command.
 
Sources

COATES, William John Lewis

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Coates died during operations in North Africa. ​At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC

COSTELLO, M.

No 6 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Driver M. Costello received a Mention in Despatches for his escape from captivity in Italy. After his escape he joined the Black Watch [1][2]. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Prestonpans, Scotland [3].
Recommendation
T/95342 Dvr. Costello, M. 

CRINGAN, William

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private William Cringan died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.

CROUCH, Ernest

Grave of Pte Crouch 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ernest Crouch, 3 troop, died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

CRUDEN, Peter Ramsay

Captain Peter Cruden 12 and 6 Commando
No 12 Commando
No 6 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Silver Star (USA)
Peter Ramsay Cruden was commissioned Second Lieutenant Royal Artillery 22 March 1941[1].
  • Lieutenant in No.12 Commando [2]
  • 6 June 1944 (Lieutenant) (No.6 Commando) shot and wounded in shoulder by sniper at Normandy [3][3a].

DAVIS, Thomas

No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant Thomas Davis was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

Sources
London Gazette 36180, page 4220.
National Archives file WO373/2/345.
 

DICKINSON, George William

George Dickinson 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Lance Corporal Dickinson was wounded during operations with No.6 Commando in North Africa on 6 January 1943. During this period his Commando were in the Djebel Azzag (Sedjenane) area of Tunisia. He had also been wounded on 18 May 1940 serving with 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France.
Enlisted 10 May 1938.

DOBBS, Cyril

Cyril Dobbs MM 4 Commando
Montgomery and Cyril Dobbs
No 6 Commando
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 [3].
Recommendation
Unit No.6 Commando

ELLIS, Derek Charles

No 6 Commando
SBS
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Derek Ellis, formerly 101 Troop No. 6 Commando [1], was awarded the Military Medal [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst attached to No. 2 Special Boat Section during operations at Oran harbour on 8 November 1942 [3].

ELLIS, Richard Paul

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Richard Ellis died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC

EMBELIN, Arthur Edward

SBS
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Arthur Embelin was the original CSM to 2 Special Boat Section. He died during operations at Oran Harbour. He had previously served in 101 Troop ( the Folbot section of No. 6 Commando).
 
Sources
CWGC

ESHLIN, J.

No 6 Commando

Private J. Eshlin was wounded on 24 March 1945 during operations in Western Europe.

Sources
Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/90.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4 (rank shown as Cpl).

FAZAN, Gilbert Roy

Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Gilbert Fazan died during operations at Normandy, France.
The No. 6 Commando War Diary records
"Commando is mortared 4 casualties. Capt Robinson and 1 Troop comes in and tells us Lieut Fazan killed.  Lieut Stalker and 10 O.R.'s wounded."

FINDLEY, Frederick George

No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Troop Sergeant Major Frederick Findley was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 6 January 1943 during the withdrawal from Djebel el Azag, Tunisia [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 36180, page 4220.

FLEISCHER, Frederick

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frederick Fletcher, birthname Fleischer, died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France. He was the son of Rudolf and Hedwig Fleischer, of Cricklewood, Middlesex.

FREESTONE, Harry Dean

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Harry Freestone died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.

GILMOUR, John

Sergeant John Gilmour SBS
No 6 Commando
SBS
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
Sergeant John Gilmour enlisted into the 79th (Scottish Horse) Regiment RA in May 1940. Volunteering for special service, he joined the 5th Special Service Battalion in November 1940.

GOODALL, William

No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant William Goodall was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 12/13 December 1942 whilst leading a patrol in the area of Djebel el Keddia, Tunisia [2].
 

GRAY, Patrick Edward

Patrick Edward Gray MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Patrick Gray was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy [1]. He was presented with his award in a ceremony at L'écarde quarry, Amfreville on the 16th July 1944 [view].
 

GREEN, Joseph Wilfred Francis

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Joseph Green was reported missing in North Africa on 6 January 1943 later presumed killed in action. On this date his Commando were engaged in operations in the Djebel Azzag (Sedjenane) area of Tunisia.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
 

GRIEVE, John Fletcher

No 9 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Private John Grieve was accidently killed by a mine on Portland Range whilst training. A Court of Inquiry was held on the 20th May and reconvened on the 29th May 1943. Pte Grieve had apparently previously served in No 6 Commando.

HALEY, Frederick Leslie

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Frederick Haley died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.

HANSON, John Francis

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Hanson died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.
 

HARDEY, Ronald Graham Kennell

Capt RGK Hardey MC
No 6 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Ronald Hardey, 2 troop, was awarded the MC for his gallantry and leadership during operations on D Day at Normandy. (London Gazettes Supp. 36679, page 4046.)
 
In 1945 he served at the CBTC. He is shown in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945." (CVA Gallery).
 

HARMER, Colin

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Colin Harmer died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at the River Aller crossing.

HASTED, Edward

Edward Hasted 6 Commando
No 6 Commando

Originally from Aylesbury, Edward moved to Luton, where he was a painter and decorator after the war. He went to Leagrave British Legion for many years. Post war member of the Commando Association. 

HERSTELL, Ernest Maxwell

No 6 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
SAS
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Ernest Herstell served in 6 Commando, then the SSRF (62 Commando) and finally the SAS. He died during operations with 2 SAS at Pantelleria during Operation Snapdragon.
Ernest was a serving Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 37 Cotham Vale, Bristol.
 

HIBBERT, F.G.

No 6 Commando

Private F. Hibbert was wounded 24 January 1945 in Western Europe. His Commando was engaged in operations at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, Holland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.

HUGO, Terence James

Grave of Lt TJ Hugo 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Terence Hugo, 1 troop, died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting in the area of Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

IBINSON, John, R..

No 6 Commando
Former Gunner John Ibinson of No. 6 Commando died as the result of a coal mining accident at Geddling Colliery, Notts., in 1955.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 23.
Register of Deaths in Nottingham.
 

JAMES, Harry

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Harry James, HQ Troop, died during operations in Normandy, France.
Son of Mrs. L. A. James, of Epping, Essex.
 
Source
[1] CWGC.
[2] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
[3] CVA Gallery image of original grave location.

JENKINS, Edward

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Edward Jenkins died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC

KEAT, Evan Charles Beverley Scott

No 6 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Evan Keat, M.B., R.A.M.C., attached to No. 6 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations near Essel, Germany, on 11 April 1945.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 37172, page 3593.
National Archives file WO373/54/815.

KEITH, Jack

No 6 Commando
Private Jack Keith was reported missing 26 February 1943 during operations in Tunisia (Battle of Steamroller Farm), later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/59.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Achives file WO392/1, WO392/21

KHYTOVITCH, Eric

Eric Khytovitch MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Eric Khytovitch MM died during operations at Normandy [1].
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary 10th June 1944 records

LEECH, Kenneth

No 6 Commando

Private Kenneth Leech was reported missing North Africa 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia) but was found to have been taken prisoner [1], held initially at a Camp in Italy [2] before being transported to Stalag 17A [3][3a].

LEWIS, George Edward

No 6 Commando

Acting Corporal George Lewis was reported missing in North Africa on 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia) but was found to have been taken prisoner [1], held initially at Camp 98 in Sicily [2] before being transported to Stalag 357 [3].

LISTER, William

No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant William Lister was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.

The death of LSgt. William Lister MM (6 Cdo) from Burnley, Lancs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 107 issued August 1998.

LISTON, William

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Liston died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France.
No. 6 Commando War Diary  "11th June 1944 Place: In the field, Le Plein. We shell BREVILLE. We are shelled heavily. We capture a ½ track 20mm gun. p.m. - Continued to be shelled. Casualties 3."

LORAINE, Peter Paul

No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Bronze Star (USA)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Private Peter Paul Loraine, Essex Regiment, was awarded the M.M., announced in London Gazettes on 12 August 1941, in recognition of distinguished services in the Field [1].
 

LORD, Robert Stephen

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Robert Lord died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC

MAGINNIS, John

No 6 Commando
Rifleman John Maginnis volunteered for the Commandos whilst serving in the Royal Ulster Rifles. He initially joined No 12 Commando and on their disbandment moved to No 6 Commando. 
 

MCCURRIE, Peter

Rifleman Peter McCurrie
No 6 Commando
Died on active service
Rifleman Peter McCurrie, a former member of No.6 Commando in WW2, died during operations in Korea serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles. He was a prisoner of war at the time of his death. He is remembered on the UN Memorial Wall at Pusan, and his name is also inscribed on the War Memorial at Frizington, Cumbria.
 
Sources

MCNALLY, Victor

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Victor McNally died during operations in North Africa.

His brother, Fusilier McNally, served in No 5 Commando.*
 
Sources
CWGC
*Commando Association newsletter 6 issued March 1948
 

MEEHAN, Hugh

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Hugh Meehan died during operations in North Africa. ​At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC

METCALFE, Walter

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Walter Metcalfe was reported missing presumed died of wounds in North Africa on or shortly after 6 January 1943. On this date his Commando were engaged in operations in the Djebel Azzag (Sedjenane) area of Tunisia.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

MILLER, Derek Elton

No 6 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Lieutenant Derek Miller was commisioned from the ranks 12 August 1944 [1].
11 April 1945 awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service [2].
Recommendation

MILLS-ROBERTS, Derek

No 6 Commando
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;

NASH, Douglas James

No 12 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Douglas Nash was awarded the MM  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field on the 26th December 1943. 
 
The death of Sgt. Douglas J. Nash, MM (12 & 6 Cdos) of Cleveland, Ohio, USA., formerly of Birmingham, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 75 issued September 1982.
 

NASH, George

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private George Nash died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel.

NEALE, Jack

Jack Neale 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Private Jack Neale was reported missing 6 January 1943 during operations in North Africa, later found to be a prisoner of war, in Italy and Germany. On this date his Commando were in the Djebel Azzag (Sedjenane) area of Tunisia.
Extract from the Leicester Evening Mail

NEEDLER, Jack

No 6 Commando
Died in service

Corporal Jack Needler, formerly attached to No.6 Commando until disbanded, died at Barossa Barracks Aldershot from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

19 October 1939 enlisted at Hull. 
Volunteered for Commandos and served in HQ Troop Intelligence Section 6 Commando.
20 August 1944 (Private) (No.6 Commando) wounded North West Europe *.

NETTLETON, Harold

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Bombardier Harold Nettleton died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.

PARRY, Edwin

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Edwin Parry died during operations in Normandy. At the time of his death the Commando were engaged in an attack on Dozule.
 
Sources
CWGC
Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig. John Durnford-Slater
 

PEARCE, Kenneth

Kenneth Pearce 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Kenneth Pearce died during operations in North Africa [1][1a]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia [2].
Kenneth was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos in 1942 [3].

PHILIPS, Michael Rex Selou

No 6 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Lance Corporal Philips served in No. 6 Commando [1]. He was selected for Officer training and on the 25th July 1942 was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Berkshire Regiment [2]. He was awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst serving as a Lieutenant with the 10th Bn.

PHILLIPS, G.

No 6 Commando

Private G. Phillips was wounded 24 January 1945 in Western Europe. His Commando was engaged in operations at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek, Holland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.
 

PHILLIPS, N.

No 6 Commando

Private N. Phillips was wounded on 26 February 1943 during operations in North Africa.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/58.
 
Notes
Service number indicates possible Police Intake. Awaits verification.

PRATT, H.

No 6 Commando
Gunner H. Pratt was reported wounded and a prisoner of war 30 November 1942 during operations in North Africa. He was held in camps in Italy and Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/55 and WO417/67.
Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/1 and WO392/21.

PRICE, George

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant George Price died during operations at Normandy.
 
Extract from the No 6 Cdo War Diary for the 10th June.

PRIOR, George Joseph

Grave of Pte Prior 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private George Prior, 6 troop, died during operations in Holland.
 
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek. (Source: 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.)
 

RAE, Walter

No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Walter Rae (see note) was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa [1] during the action that came to be known as the Battle of Steamroller Farm. 
Recommendation
26th Feb 1943 Fedi Et Attia (516128 Sheet 34)

REGAN, John Leslie

Lieutenant John Leslie Regan
No 1 Commando
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, Charles Edward James

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Charles Roberts died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at the River Aller crossing. He was originally buried in the Military Plot that was on the Eastern bank of the Aller near the Aller Bridge.

ROBINSON, Douglas Arthur

No 6 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Douglas Arthur Robinson was awarded the Military Cross [1], in recognition of gallant and distinguished services on 26 February 1943 at Fedi Et Attia, Tunisia [2], i

ROBSON, John

No 6 Commando
Died on active service
Private John Robson, aged 18, died of wounds as a result of an accident [1][1a]. 
When a grenade was dropped he threw himself on top of it to save lives. An heroic act. [2]
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[1a] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/90.

ROLFE, Charles Kenneth

No 6 Commando
Gunner Charles Kenneth Rolfe was reported missing 7 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, later found to be a prisoner of war.  
A serving Manchester Police Officer he had volunteered for the Commandos as part of one of the Police Intakes during 1942/43. He joined the Manchester Police on 10 August 1938 and in 1939 was a Police Constable living in Urmston. 

RONALD, Alexander Scott

Major Alexander Ronald 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Alexander Ronald, Second in Command of No.6 Commando,  died during operations in North Africa [1]. 
Earlier he had received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services during operations on the Lofoten Islands March 1941 with No.3 Commando [2][2a]. 

ROSTANCE, James, H.F.W.

No 6 Commando
Private James Rostance was reported missing and a prisoner of war on 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm). He was later reported as no longer a prisoner of war.
James was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable serving at Brierley Hill Police Station.
 

ROUND, Raymond John

Raymond John Round 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Private Raymond Round was reported missing during operations in North Africa on 26 February 1943 [1]. He was later found to be a prisoner of war in Italian hands [2][3][4].

In July 1944 it was reported that he was no longer a prisoner of war and was returning to England[4][5].

RUSSELL, Douglas Alexander

Douglas Russell MC 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Second Lieutenant Douglas Russell was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant conduct in action with the enemy. He was serving with with the North Staffordshire Regiment as part of the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium in 1940 [1][1a].
Citation

SADLER, Richard

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Richard Sadler died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC

SALISBURY, Frank

No 6 Commando
Private Frank Salisbury was reported missing North Africa 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia) but was found to have been taken prisoner [1], held initially at Camp 66 at Capua in Italy [2] before being transported to Stalag 4C [3].

SANDERSON, Jack

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Jack Sanderson died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel.

SCOTT, John Murray

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Scott died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death, his Commando were engaged in an assault on one of a line of flat topped hills known as Green Hill which was held by the enemy and covered the road and railway running from Tabarka to Mateur.
 
Sources
CWGC

SIMS, Edward, G.

Private Edward Sims 12 and 6 Commandos
No 12 Commando
No 6 Commando
Private Edward Sims served in No 12 Commando until it was disbanded in 1943, then in No 6 Commando. He was batman to Captain Peter Cruden [1][2].
  • Post war in June 1946 he was one of ten commandos chosen at random to sit with the Queen in the Royal Box at the Albert Hall concert in aid of the Commando Benevolent Fund [3]

SKINNER, Bernard Gordon

No 6 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Lieutenant Bernard Skinner and Captain William Wylie died in a traffic accident when their commando truck heading to Brighton Station was hit by a Naval truck with several injured. Lieutenant Skinner was sent to Royal Sussex Hospital where he later died.

SLATER, Arthur

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Arthur Slater was reported missing presumed died of wounds in North Africa on or shortly after 6 January 1943. On this date his Commando were engaged in operations in the Djebel Azzag (Sedjenane) area of Tunisia.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

SLATER, Marshall Gordon

No 6 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major Marshall Slater was reported missing North Africa 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia) but was found to have been taken prisoner [1], held initially at Camp 66 [2] at Capua before being transported to Stalag 4B [3].

SPEIGHT, James Robert

James Robert Speight 6 Commando
No 6 Commando

James Robert Speight from Leeds was reported as missing on 26 February 1943 during operations in North Africa (Battle for Steamroller Farm). Later found to be a prisoner of war. On 13 April 1945 he escaped from a working party and reached allied lines. He was a member of the No.6 Commando Boxing Team and post war member of the Commando Association.

THOMAS, John Francis

Brigadier Jack Thomas
No 6 Commando
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
No.6 Commando. President of the Commando Veterans Association until November 2016.
Military Service
Enlisted 1st Lifeguards rank Trooper [1][1a].
21 April 1945 commissioned from O.C.T.U. Second Lieutenant, Welch Regiment [2].
Attached No.6 Commando [1][3].

THOMPSON, J.C.

No 6 Commando

Corporal J.C. Thompson was reported missing North Africa 26 February 1943 (Battle of Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia) but was found to have been taken prisoner [1], held initially at Camp 66 [2] at Capua before being transported to Stalag 357 [3].

Sources

THOMPSON, John Edwin

No 6 Commando
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, Norman

No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Norman Thompson, Royal Engineers attached Special Service Troops, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 36243, page 4956 published 11 November 1943.
 

THOMSON, Eric George M.

Private Eric Thomson 6 Commando
Grave of Private Thomson 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Eric Thomson, 3 troop, died during operations in Holland [1]. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at Maasbracht and Brachterbeek [2].
 
Extract from the Dundee Courier - Saturday 03 February 1945

TODD, Richard

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant Richard Todd died during the period his Commando were engaged in operations at the crossing of the River Rhine at Wesel.

TUNSTALL, Harry

No 6 Commando
Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Harry Tunstall , 101 troop,  died during the very short period  his unit was redesignated as 5 Special Service Bn., before reforming again as No 6 Commando.  His death is recorded as by drowning in the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH database.
 

WALSH, J

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

LCpl. J. Walsh died as a result of his war wounds at the St. Lukes Hospital, Bradford on the 25th March, 1951. [Source: Commando Association newsletter 14 issued March 1952.]

Note
The details known by this Archive of this individual are limited at the present time. 
 

WATSON, J.R.

No 6 Commando
Private J.R. Watson was wounded on 10 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.

WETHERALD, Henry

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Henry Wetherald died during operations in North Africa. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia.

Sources
CWGC.
Linked Content below.

WILSON, Leslie

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Driver Leslie Wilson died in Germany. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in fighting at the River Aller crossing.
 

WILSON, Sam

No 6 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Sam Wilson died during operations at Normandy. 
 
The No 6 Commando War Diary for the 10th June records

WINTERBURN, Martin Henry

Martin Winterburn MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Martin Winterburn, No.6 Commando 1 Troop, from Lincolnshire, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his escape after he was taken prisoner of war at Mateur, Tunis, on Thursday 19 December 1942. He had been wounded in the elbow at the time.

WRAITH, William

William Wraith MM 6 Commando
No 6 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant William 'Bill' Wraith, 1 Troop [1], was awarded the MM [2] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe during which period he had been wounded on several occasions. 
 

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