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'Anzio beachhead - Operation X'

Sunday, March 19, 1944
Known only as Operation X, No.9 Commando were tasked with clearing three Wadis about half a mile from the perimeter of the beachhead. The Germans had been using these as a forming up point for counter attacks.  These wadis formed a 'U' with a small hill in the centre and some further high ground below the base of the 'U'.
 
Due to their casualties at recent operations around Monte Ornito, the strength of 9 Commando had been reduced to 14 officers and just 255 OR's so the Commando was reformed from troops into 3 squadrons for the operation.
 

9 Commando

History of the Unit

No. 9 Commando was initially formed with No.11 Commando in July 1940 from Scottish Command. Their first commanding officer was Lt. Col. John Maclean 'Jack' Saegert, RE. Many original members of No.9 came from No’s 6 and 7 independent Companies which had been raised in April 1940. No.9 became part of the 2nd Special Service Battalion in the autumn of 1940.

9 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. 

ACKROYD, Thomas Daniel

Guardsman
No 9 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Guardsman Thomas Ackroyd was wounded (gunshot wound to right leg and broken nose) 1st February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Ornito). 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.
Coldstream Guards Casualty Records 1939-45.
 

ALBONE, Victor Arthur

Staff Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Staff Sergeant Victor Albone received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Mediterranean Theatre. Post war member of the Commando Association (Hampshire).
 
Sources
London Gazette 37575, page 2450.
Royal Artillery Attestations 1939.

ALLAN, Jack

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders (London Scottish)
Lance Corporal Jack Allan was wounded on 3 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). He was wounded again on 19 March 1944.  This time his Commando were engaged in an operation in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Palmers Green, London.
 
Sources

ALLEN, Michael Rhys Harvey

Captain (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Michael Allen , Adjutant of No. 9 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Monte Faito, Italy, on 2/3 February 1944 [2].
Recommendation
Action at Monte Faito night 2/3 Feb.44, MR. 858043, Italy 1:50,000 Sheet 160-II.

ANDERSON, John

Private John Anderson 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Kings Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Anderson was reported missing 3 February 1944, later presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/72 (1944) and WO417/94 (1945).

ASPDEN, Jack

Lance Bombardier (later Major)
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery & Loyal Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war [1][2][2a].
He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the eleven Commandos, and all bar five of the RN crew,on board were killed [1][1a].

BALFOUR, David Stewart

Private
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private David Balfour was killed in action during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy. He has no known grave.
Son of Andrew and Anne Balfour, of Amulree, Perthshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

BALLS, David Gavin

Capt DG Balls 9 Commando
Captain
No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain David Balls was killed in action during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/6.
 

BALNEAVES, Francis William

Corporal
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Francis Balneaves was killed in action in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were operating in the area of the Garigliano River, Italy. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.
 

BANKS, John

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Banks was killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. Son of Thomas and Marda Banks, of Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.
 
Notes

BANKS, T.H.

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry

Lance Sergeant T.H. Banks was wounded in Italy on 1 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

BANNON, James

Private
No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private James Bannon died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy. He has no known grave.
Son of Patrick and Catherine Bannon, of Glasgow.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
 

BARTON, Harold

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Harold Barton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Anzio, Italy, on 19th March 1944 [1][2][see linked content below].
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet 158 IV SE.

BASSETT-WILSON, Paul Francis

Paul Bassett-Wilson MC
Captain
No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC died during operations with No.9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1].
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College [2], he had earlier served as a Lieutenant in No.12 Commando. 

BATES, William Stanley

Lieutenant
No 9 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant William Bates received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 36886, page 323.
 
Notes
He is referred to as Captain in the document below.  Rank here as shown in Gazette entry.

BEARDMORE, Thomas

RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
No 9 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Tom Beardsmore was killed in action during operations at Mount Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Beardmore; husband of W. E. Beardmore, of Woodhead, Cheadle, Staffordshire [1][2].

BILSBOROUGH, Walter

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Walter Bilsborough died of wounds received during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists  / National Archives file WO417/72.
Royal Artillery casualty cards.
 
Notes

BISSET, George Davidson

Lt Bisset 9 Commando
Lieutenant
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant George Bisset died of wounds whilst a Prisoner of War in German hands during operations in Italy [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].
 
Extract from the Aberdeen Press and Journal

BLACKHURST, John

Rifleman
No 9 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman John Blackhurst died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a postumous Mention In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36886, page 328.
 

BLACKIE, James Gordon

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders 2nd Bn (London Scottish)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private James Blackie was reported missing on 3 February 1944, later presumed killed in action, during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave.
Son of James Gordon Blackie and Jessie Gordon Blackie.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72 and WO417/94.

BOSTOCK, Thomas

Acting Corporal
No 9 Commando
South Lancashire Regt (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Thomas Bostock, 5 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
Recommendation
Action at Monte Faito night 2nd-3rd February 1944, Map Ref .858043,Italy Sheet.1:50,000 sheet 160-II.

BROWN, Charles Gilbert

Private
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Died on active service
Private Charles Brown died as a result of an accident on board a ship. At the time of his death No 9 Commando were engaged in operations by the Pelopenese peninsula, Greece. They were transported to various locations on HMS Prince David. 

BROWN, John

Private
No 9 Commando
The East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Brown died during operations in the region of Lake Comacchio and Argenta, Italy.

BROWN, Reid

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Reid Brown was killed in action during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy. He has no known grave. The previous month on 3 February 1944 he had been wounded remaining on duty with his Commando.
Son of Edmund and Mary Brown; husband of Mary Brown, of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
 

BROWN, W.

Private
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Private W. Brown was wounded on 3 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.
 

BRYAN, Gerald Jackson

Captain Gerald Bryan 11 Commando
Captain
No 11 Commando
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Gerald Jackson Bryan, RE, was awarded the Military Cross [1] for his gallantry during the battle of Litani River. He was seriously wounded (leg amputation) [2][2a]

BURGESS, Leslie

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Leslie Burgess was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
Son of Sydney Burgess, and of Lilian Burgess, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Service

BURT, William Charles

Lance Bombardier
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Bombardier William Burt died on 17 March 1944 in Italy from wounds inflicted on 30 December 1943. This date coincides with Operation Partridge. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives files WO417/71, WO417/73, and WO417/74.
 

CALLF, Leslie Stuart

Major Leslie Callf MC
Major
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Leslie Stuart Callf was appointed Lieutenant on 4 July 1940 [1].  Soon after he volunteered for the Commandos and was subsequently attached to No. 9 Commando.
March 1944 awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy [2].

CAMERON, Alexander

Known as: 
Alistair
Alexander Cameron 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Private Alexander Cameron, 5 Troop, had served in No.9 Commando since at least 1941. He was wounded on 3 March 1944 during operations in Italy.

CAMERON, Ralph Alverne Cyril

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)(later Honorary Major)
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Ralph Cameron was awarded the Military Cross [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst in charge of 2 troops whose task was to destroy an enemy post near a demolished bridge West of the River Garigliano, Italy, on the night of 29/20 December 1943 during Operation Partridge [2].
 

CAMPBELL, Kenneth Norman

Captain
No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 5th Bn.
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Captain Kenneth Campbell, 4 troop,  died on the 9th September 1941 of injuries received in a m/c accident that occurred on the night of 5th September. A court of inquiry was held on the 11th September and his funeral took place on the 12th September 1941. One Officer and one NCO from each troop and the R.S.M. attended. Sergeants acted as pallbearers. No 4 Troop provide Firing Party .

CASSIDY, John, H.

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (WO2)
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
RQMS John Cassidy received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Meditteranean Theatre. Post war member of the Commando Association (Birmingham).
 
Sources
London Gazette 37575, page 2449.
Royal Artillery attestions 1938.

CHAMBERS, Alexander

Rifleman
No 9 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Alexander Chambers was reported missing 3 February 1944, later presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/72 (1944) and WO417/94 (1945).
 

CHANCELLOR, Wilfred Douglas

Lance Bombardier
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Bombardier Wilfred Chancellor was killed in action during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/73.
 

CLARK, Francis William

Major
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Francis Clark was reported wounded and missing 3 February 1944, later presumed died of wounds during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave.
Son of Francis William Clark and of Caroline Clark (nee Hutton), of Ulva, Argyllshire; husband of Cecilia Clark (nee Murray Buchanan), of Callander, Perthshire.
 

COCHRANE, Andrew Rae

Captain
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Andrew Cochrane received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [1].
  • London Gazettes 14 October 1949 (Captain) (Queens Own Cameron Highlanders) awarded a Distinguished Service Medal conferred by His Majesty the King of The Hellennes [2].
Sources

COLES, William James

Corporal
No 9 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal William Coles was killed in action during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/73.
 

COUPE, Leonard

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Leonard Coupe died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of "gallant and distinguished services in Italy." 
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 36886, page 318.
 

CRAIG, Albert John

WO2 Company Sergeant Major
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Company Sergeant Major Albert Craig died in Italy. His Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74 and WO417/75.
Linked Content below.
 

CRAMER, John

Lance Corporal
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal John Cramer, R.A.M.C. attached to Commando H.Q. (M.I. section) was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distiguished service during operations at Lake Comacchio on 13 April 1945. This was known as Operation Impact Royal [1][2].

CRAWFORD, B.M.

Private
No 9 Commando
Royal Scots

Private B.M. Crawford was wounded on 16 April 1945 during operations in Italy (Lake Comacchio). Post war member of the Commando Association from Troon.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 99 issued Sept. 1994.

CURRIE, John Robert Sanderson

Signalman John R.S. Currie,  Commando Bde Signals
Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman John Currie, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

Notes
Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Brigade Signals also died on this day.

D'ARCY, Edward John

Captain
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Edward D'Arcy, Medical Officer, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Monte Faito Italy on 2/3 February 1944.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36586, page 3070.
National Archives file WO373/6/353.

DANIELS, Samuel

Lance Bombardier
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Bombardier Samuel Daniels was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.

The death of LBdr. Samuel Daniels, MM. (9 Cdo) of Billinge, Lancs. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 83 issued September 1986.

DAVIES, Michael Alfred William

Acting Captain (later Major)
No 9 Commando
Northamptonshire Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Michael Davies, Adjutant of No. 9 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross for his outstanding leadership and personal gallantry during the fierce fighting that took place in the Wadis at the Anzio beachhead on the 19th March 1944 [1][2].
Recommendation
Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 sheet 158 IV SE. 

DEANS, James

Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Deans was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, confirmed 14 months later as killed in action on that date. He embarked for the raid on ML 457 and was the husband of Mrs A. Deans, 4 Albert Street, Paisley.
Service
03.05.1939 enlisted Royal Engineers.

DUNCAN, Ronald

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ronald Duncan was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. His next of kin were formally notified of his death on 2 April 1943. He had embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 268 and has no known grave. Son of James W. Duncan and Elisabeth R. Duncan, of Aberdeen. 
Service

DUNDAS, Duncan

Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant Duncan Dundas was killed in action during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

FARMER, Henry

Private
No 9 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Henry Farmer was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. His name is on the Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito*. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.
* Linked Content below.

FARQUHAR, John Kiel

Private
No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private John Farquhar, a veteran of the St. Nazaire raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations West of the Garigliano River, Italy on the night of 29/30 December 1943 [1][2].
Recommendation

FINLAY, David

Private
No 9 Commando
Black Watch

Private David Finlay was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

FORBES, Robert

Lance Bombardier
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Bombardier Robert Forbes died during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. His name is amongst those on the Marble Roll of Honour at Monte Ornito.

GIBSON, James Lang

Captain
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain James Gibson died of injuries received in a mine explosion at Anzio on the 24th June.

Sources
CWGC
No 9 Cdo War Diary, National Archives WO218/69.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/6.

GRIEVE, J.H.

Private
No 9 Commando
Royal Scots
Private Grieve was wounded three times during operations in Italy, on 3 February 1944, 19 March 1944 and 16 April 1945.  Post war member of the Commando Association (Selkirk).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/72, WO417/74 , and WO417/91.

GRIEVE, John Fletcher

Private
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
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.

GUTHRIE, John

Corporal (later Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
Black Watch

Corporal John Guthrie was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. Post war member of the Commando Association from Perth, Scotland. They record final rank attained as Sergeant.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

HODKINSON, John

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant John Hodkinson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. 
 

HOGG, J.

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers

Lance Corporal J. Hogg was wounded 15 April 1945 during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. Post war member of the Commando Association with whom they lost contact last known residing Kelso

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 6.
 

HOLMES, Leslie Thomas

Corporal
No 9 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Leslie Holmes was reported missing 19 March 1944 later presumed killed in action during operations in Italy. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. The recipient of a King's Commendation for brave conduct he has no known grave.

HOPKINS, Leslie William

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Leslie Hopkins was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations on the night of 15/16 April 1945 at Lake Comacchio, Italy. 
Recommendation
Ref Map Italy 1:25,000, Sheet 88.1.NE, Fossa Marina

HUGHES, Joseph Wilfred

Lance Sergeant (later Second Lieutenant)
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Lance Sergeant Joseph Hughes was one of the Commando contingent embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Returned to the UK and rejoined No.9 Commando. Left the Commando May 1943 on selection for Officer Training. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cambridge.
Service

HUNTER, H.

Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Bn.

Corporal H. Hunter was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

INNES, G.

Private
No 9 Commando
Black Watch

Private Innes was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Wishaw, Lanarkshire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

JACKSON, Harry Charles

Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Harry Jackson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in the Wadis at the Anzio Beachhead on the 19th March 1944 which became known as Operation 'X'.
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy 1/25,000 Sheet IV SE

JAMESON, Robert Evan

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Robert Evan Jameson, from Virginia, County Cavan, 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 and has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.

JOHNSTON, George William

Known as: 
Geordie
Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Private George Johnston was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. Post war member of the Commando Association (Cumbria).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.

JOHNSTON, Guthrie

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Private Guthrie Johnston was wounded 4 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). Post war member of the Commando Association from Rutherglen, Glasgow.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.
Commando Association newsletter 55 (1972).

JOHNSTONE, A.

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Black Watch

Lance Corporal Johnstone was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.

JOHNSTONE, Robert

Private
No 9 Commando
Kings Own Scottish Borderers 2nd Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Robert Johnstone was reported missing 3 February 1944 during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave. His name is on a Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito.
Foster-son of Mrs. E. A. Kean, of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
 
Sources

KANE, Dennis Roger

Private
No 9 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Herefordshire Regiment
Private Dennis Kane was wounded twice during operations in Italy; 19 March 1944 (Anzio) and 16 April 1945 (Argenta and Lake Comacchio). Post war member of the Commando Association from Shropshire. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/73 and WO417/91.

KEEFE, John William

John William Keefe 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Private John O'Keefe was wounded 18 April 1945 during operations in Italy. Post war member of the Commando Association from Oldham, Lancashire.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/90.2
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 90 (1990).

KING, Robert

Robert King MM 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Private Robert King, from Aberdeen, was wounded in April 1945 at Lake Comacchio, Italy, and subsequently awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. He had previously been wounded on 3 February 1944 in Italy.
Recommendation
Ref: Maps Italy Sheets 13 and 19, Sqs (w) M 55, 56, 65 & 66.

KIRKBY, E.

Driver
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps

Driver Kirkby was wounded on 15 April 1945 during operations in Italy (Operation Impact Royal).  Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing in Heywood, Lancs.. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
Commando Association Lost Legions List 7 issued Sept. 1975.

KITHER, Harry Thomas

Lt Kither 9 Commando
Captain
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Harry Kither MC, from Longcot Shrivenham near Swindon, died during operations at Lake Comacchio and the Argenta Gap. He had been awarded the Military Cross "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 37162, page 3494.

LANCASTER, E.

Private
No 9 Commando
Cheshire Regiment

Private E. Lancaster was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

LANE, Peter John

Fusilier
No 9 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Peter Lane died during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. His name is on a Marble Roll of Honour on a cairn on Monte Ornito put in place by fellow No.9 Commandos post war.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

LEWIS, Francis

Signalman
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

Notes
Signalman John Currie, 2 Brigade Signals also died on this day.

LONG, Donald Bayley

Donald Bayley Long 9 Commando
Lieutenant (later Colonel)
No 9 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers & King's Own
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ)
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Lieutenant Donald Long was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations against the enemy held spit of land between Lake Comacchio, Italy, and the Adriatic [1][1A][Citation in Linked Content beow].

LONG, Michael

Michael Long MBE MC 9 Commando
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) (later Honorary Captain)
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Temporary Captain Michael Long was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations to cross the Garigliano river on the night of 29/30 December 1943. This was known as Operation Partridge [1][2].
Recommendation
"West of Garigliano River on the night of 29/30 Dec.'43.

LOWE, Ken

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Border Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Ken Lowe received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 36950, page 1041.
 

LUCAS, Harry Hillgrove

Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
No 9 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Harry Lucas received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy [1]
  • 18 November 1959 from Active List to Territorial Army Reserve of Officers with rank of Lieutenant Colonel [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36886, page 327.

MACDONALD, Robert

Private
No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders

Private Robert Macdonald, 4 Troop, was wounded on 15 April 1945 during operations in Italy (Lake Comacchio). Post war member of the Commando Association from Sutherland.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
Commando Association newsletter 89.

MACINNES, Neil

WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died in service
Died in the UK
Neil Macinnes was the Regimental Sergeant Major of No 9 Commando at the time of his death. The No 9 Commando War Diary for January 10th 1942 records the following "2974803, R.S.M. McINNES N, died of self inflicted gunshot wound."
 
Sources
CWGC

MACLAGAN, Ian Lawrence

Ian Maclagan 9 Commando
Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Corporal Ian Maclagan 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 Motor Launch 457.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MALE, Leslie Percival

Private
No 9 Commando
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Post war Police Sergeant, West Midlands Constabulary, and member of the Commando Association from Selly Oak, Birmingham. 11 June 1977 appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division).
 
Sources
London Gazette 47234, page 7097.
Commando Association newsletter 65 (1977).

MANN, Robert Kirkwood, S.

Company Sergeant Major
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Company Sergeant Major (WO2) Robert Mann received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 36886, page 329.
 

MATTHEWS, Leslie James

Pte LJ Matthews 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Leslie Matthews, from Blackpool, was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. 

MCAULAY, Duncan

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry

Lance Corporal Duncan McAulay was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

MCDOUGALL-PORTER, Christopher Frederick

Captain
No 9 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 7th Bn
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Christopher McDougall-Porter was reported wounded and missing 3 February 1944 later presumed died of wounds.  he has no known grave. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
  • Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distingushed service in Italy.
Sources

MCKINNON, Donald

Donald McKinnon 9 Commando
Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Sergeant Donald McKinnon was wounded on 1 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). Post war member of the Commando Association from Kingarth, Bute.

MCLEARIE, James

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Lance Corporal James McLearie was wounded on 3 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 119 issued Sept 2004.

MCMILES, John

Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant John McMiles received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. 
 
Sources
London Gazette 36886, page 325.
Commando Association newsletter 97 issued September 1993.
 

MOIR, Bertram Wigton

Fusilier
No 9 Commando
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Bertram Moir was reported wounded and missing 19 March 1944, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

MOLONEY, F.

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders

Private Moloney was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.

MONK, Barrie Richard

Private
No 9 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Barrie Monk was reported missing presumed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave. His name is on the Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito*. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/94.
* Linked Content below.

MORGAN, A.

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders

Lance Corporal Morgan was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.

MORRISON, Andrew Wright P.

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Andrew Morrison was reported missing 3 February 1944, later presumed killed in action, during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. He has no known grave.

His name is on a Marble Roll of Honour on a cairn on Monte Ornito put in place by fellow Commandos post war.
 
Sources
CWGC.

NEILSON, Gilbert Reid

Private
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Gilbert Neilson was killed in action during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

O'ROURKE, P.

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Private P. O'Rourke was wounded on 19 March 1944 during operations in Italy. At this time his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
Linked Content below.
 

PATERSON, T.

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders (London Scottish)

Private T. Paterson was wounded on 3 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72

QUIGLEY, Thomas

Private
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Thomas Quigley died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/73.
 

REACE, George Arthur

Warrant Officer Class 2
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches

Warrant Officer Class 2  George Reace was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1], and was also Mentioned in Despatches [2], both in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

The death of George Reace DCM of Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.

REID, A.B.

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Scots
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Corporal Reid received a Mention in Desptaches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36886, page 325.
 

RICHARDS, David

Corporal (later Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Sapper David Richards was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2].
  • 30 December 1943 (Acting Lance Corporal) (No.9 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy [3].

RICHARDSON, John

Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant John Richardson died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/73.

ROLFE, Julian Dudley

Private
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders 6th Bn.
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Julian Rolfe died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He received a Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in Italy."
 

ROSS, Lloyd Vernon

Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Mentioned in Despatches
Private Lloyd Ross was wounded during operations in Italy on 3 February 1944 [1].
At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. As a Corporal he received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy [2].

ROSS, R.

Private
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Private Ross was wounded on 3 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito).

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

SAEGERT, John Maclean (Lt. Col)

Known as: 
Jack
John Maclean Saegert
Lieutenant Colonel
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
13 July 1921 Royal Military Academy commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers [1].
13 July 1928 promoted Lieutenant [2][2a].
13 July 1932 promoted Captain [2].
1 August 1938 promoted Major [2].
29 July 1940 - 28 October 1940 - Acting Lieutenant Colonel [2].

SCOTT, Andrew

Private
No 9 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)

Private Andrew Scott was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

SCOTT, Archibald Wilson

Known as: 
Archie
Company Sergeant Major
No 9 Commando
Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Lance Sergeant Archibald Scott was wounded in Italy on 30 December 1943 (Operation Partridge). Promoted Company Sergeant Major he was wounded a second time on 16 April 1945 during operations at Lake Comacchio. He died in 1956 from injuries received in a pit accident at Maltby Main Colliery, South Yorkshire.
 
Sources

SCOTT, Michael

Lieutenant
No 9 Commando
Black Watch
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Michael Scott died of wounds during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/6.
 

SCOTT, Sidney, H.

Known as: 
Scotty
Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps

Corporal Sidney Scott was wounded on 15 April 1945 during operations in Italy (Operation Impact Royal).  Post war member of the Commando Association from Stepney, London. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/91.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 99 issued Sept. 1994.

SEARLE, Clifford Frederick

LSgt Clifford Searle DCM 9 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Somerset Constabulary
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Queen's Police Medal
Lance Sergeant Clifford Searle, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his leadership and gallantry during Operation Roast at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1][2].
Recommendation
Operation 'Roast'-Lake Comacchio 'Spit'-2nd April 1945.

SHAW, Ashley George

Known as: 
Pat
Driver
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Driver Ashley Shaw was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period November 1941 to April 1942  whilst serving as an ambulance driver with 5 Light Field Ambulance. [1].

SHENTON, Joseph

Private
No 9 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joseph Shenton was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
Son of Joseph Shenton and of Violet Shenton, of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent; husband of Nora Shenton, of Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent.
 

SHIPTON, Herbert J.

Known as: 
Bert
Bert Shipton 9 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers

Lance Corporal Bert Shipton was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 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 383 at Hohenfels Germany.

SMART, Albert Kenneth

Albert Smart 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Leicester Police
Albert Smart was a serving Leicestershire Police Officer who volunteered in July 1942 as part of the Police Intakes. He was attached to No.9 Commando on 9 September 1942 after completing his training at the Commando Depot (CBTC).
1 February 1944 wounded during operations in Italy.
17 February admitted No.70 British General Hospital.

SMITH, George Alfred

Private
No 9 Commando
Black Watch
??
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private George Smith died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
 

Notes
Service number indicates possible Police Intake. Awaits verification.

STACK, William John

William Stack 9 Commando
Trooper
No 9 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Central Police Station Cheltenham

Trooper William Stack served in 5 troop. He was a serving Police Officer who volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable at the Central Police Station in Cheltenham. Post war member of the Commando Association last known address South Ealing.

STEPHENSON, George, W.

Gunner
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Military Medal (MM)
Gunner George Stephenson was awarded the M.M. in recognition of distinguished services in the field, this being announced in Gazettes on the 26th August, 1941.
 
The death of Gnr. George W. Stephenson (No.9 Cdo) of Bristol, Avon., was announced in Commando Association newsletter 117 issued September 2003.
 
Sources

STEWART, G.

Rifleman
No 9 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Rfn. G. Stewart was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

STORER, Sidney

Corporal
No 9 Commando
Leicestershire Regiment
Sutton Coldfield Police area
Corporal Sidney Storer was wounded on 3 March 1944 during operations in Italy.
In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield, and he later volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Rugby.
 
Sources

STOREY, J.R.

Rifleman
No 9 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Rifleman Storey was wounded 1st February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Ornito).
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.
 

STOREY, Percy Ronald

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Percy Storey was killed in action during operations in the beachhead area at Anzio [1][2][3]. Major Callf MC wrote a short account of the action that day [2]
Percy had been wounded before on 3 February 1944 at Monte Ornito [4].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.

SUTTON, K.S.

Private
No 9 Commando
East Yorkshire Regiment

Private K.S. Sutton was wounded on 3 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). He was wounded a second time on 15 April 1945 (Lake Comacchio). 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72 and WO417/91.
 

SZARKOW, Justin

Known as: 
Surname changed to Gibbs in 1956
Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Justin Szarkow served in 2 troop.
 
First born of a Polish immigrant family (early 1900s) and was born and raised in Manchester.  His father was killed in action in WW1 *.
 

TANNER, John Andrew

Corporal
No 9 Commando
Middlesex Regiment
City of London Police
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal John Tanner was killed in action on 15 April 1945 during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy. The previous year on 20 March 1944 he was wounded (recovered) during operations in Italy. 

TATLER, John

Private
No 9 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Tatler, 5 Troop, died of wounds during operations at Anzio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/73.
5 Troop image in Gallery.
 

TAYLOR, Thomas

Thomas Taylor 9 Commando
Gunner (later Captain)
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Loyal Regiment
15 December 1939 enlisted Royal Artillery.
16 November 1940 attached Special Service Battalion.
4 March 1941 attached No.9 Commando.
15 May 1941 left the Commando on posting 166 O.C.T.U.
6 September 1941 commissioned Second Lieutenant, posted Loyal Regiment.
Service record continues in image below.
 

TEMPLETON, W.B.

Captain
No 9 Commando
Cameronians
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Templeton was twice Mentioned in Despatches.
  1. Gallant and distinguished service in Italy. 
  2. Gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
Sources
1. London Gazette 36886, page 323 published 9 January 1945.
2. London Gazette 36950, page 1041 published 22 February 1945.

THOMSON, Donald

Private
No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Donald Thomson died from a gunshot wound. Court of Enquiry returned a verdict of accidental death. Casualty List records his Unit as No.6 independent Company [see notes].
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/23.

THOMSON, John

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Corporal John Thomson was wounded three times the first being on 30 December 1943 during Operation Partridge. Promoted Lance Sergeant he was wounded a second time on 19 March 1944 and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service at Anzio. He was wounded a third time on 15 April 1945 during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

TOD, Ronald John Frederick (Brig)

Known as: 
Ronnie
Brigadier
No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
No 11 Independent Company
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Commissioned  into the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders in 1925. Served in No 6 Independent Company and was  Officer Commanding No 11 Independent Company in 1940 and later took command of No 9 Commando in 1942.  Awarded DSO, and later a Bar to the DSO, each for "gallant and distinguished services in Italy " whilst commanding No 9 Commando in 1944.  Promoted Brigadier and Officer Commandi

TUDOR, William John

Private
No 9 Commando
Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Crewe Police
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private William Tudor was killed in action during operations at Anzio, Italy [1][2].
On 3 March 1944 No.9 Commando had made their second landing at Anzio [3].
He was previously wounded 30 December 1943 (Operation Partridge), Italy [4].

URQUHART, Robert Rose

Known as: 
Bertie to family, Bobby to commandos
Pte Robert Urquhart 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Robert Urquhart, 5 troop, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1][3][4].
  • 3 March 1944 wounded during operations at Anzio [2][5] [see Linked Content below].
  • Evacuated as casualty to the UK [4][5]
  • 20 March 1945 rejoined 5 troop in Italy [4][5].

WADE, Leonard Alfred

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant Leonard Wade died during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.

His name is on the score sheet of a boxing match between No 9 Commando and No 6 Commando on the 26th June 1942.  View it in our No 6 Commando gallery. You will also see a photo of the Boxing team however we are unsure which man is in fact LSgt Wade.

WALKER, W.

Private
No 9 Commando
Black Watch

Private W. Walker was wounded in Italy on 3 February 1944. At this time his Commando were engaged in operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/72.

WALSH, Frank

Corporal (Acting Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Frank Walsh was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy on 5 March 1944 whilst commanding a Section of a Fighting Patrol and during which he was wounded.
Recommendation
Acting Sergeant Frank Walsh 2986730 Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders and No.9 Commando 

WALSHAM, Alexander

Sapper (later Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Sapper Alexander Walsham was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid and rejoined No.9 Commando [1][2].
  • 20 March 1944 (A/Corporal)(No.9 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy (Anzio) [2]+[linked content below].

WATSON, Alexander Grant

Alexander Watson 9 Commando
Private
No 9 Commando
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Alexander Watson from Glasgow died in Dumfries Royal Infirmary as a result of a collision with a lorry whilst riding a pedal cycle on the Kirkcudbright - Gatehouse Road near Kirkchrist Farm, Kirkcudbright. The following day a Court of inquiry was he

WATTS, Albert

Served as : 
POWER, Thomas
Dvr Albert Watts 9 Commando
Driver
No 9 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Driver Albert Watts, from Manchester, died during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 

WAUGH, William

Lance Corporal (later Lance Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal William Waugh was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 19 March 1944 during operations at the Anzio Beachhead, Italy. Post war member of the Commando Association.
Recommendation
"Ref Map - Italy 1/25,000 sheet158, IV SE.

WESTWOOD, Albert

Rifleman
No 2 Commando
No 9 Commando
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Died on active service
Rifleman Albert Westwood died in Italy as a result of an accident on 28 May 1945 whilst serving with No.2 Commando [1][2].
  • 3 February 1944 wounded serving with No.9 Commando in Italy [3].
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2]  Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/93.

WHAM, James Howie

Known as: 
Jimmy
Sergeant
No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Royal Scots
Military Medal (MM)
Private (Acting Corporal) James Wham was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 19 March 1944 in Italy. Final rank attained Sergeant.
Recommendation
"Ref Map-Italy, 1/25,000 Sheet IV SE

WHEELER, George Russell

Lt George Russell Wheeler MM
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

George Wheeler, a pupil of Godolphin School, Wiltshire, graduated as a BSc from Exeter University. He married in 1941. After enlistment he volunteered for the Commandos and was attached to No 2 Commando

WHITE, Alan McKaig

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert Sherwin was killed in action during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

WHITEFIELD, James

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal James Whitefield was reported missing 3 February 1944, later confirmed killed in action during operations at Monte Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy.
Son of John and Sarah Whitefield, of Biggar, Lanarkshire.

WILKES, Geoffrey

Known as: 
Geoff
Fusilier
No 9 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Post war Geoff Wilkes was an active member of the Commando Association. In 1991 Geoff was elected Secretary of the Bolton Branch, and the following year was on a sub committe of the General Committee of the Association.
 
Sources
R.W.F. Enlistment Regsiter for 1940.

WILLS, Eric

Gunner
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers / Royal Artillery
Eric Wills was born in Everdon Northants. and was one of 5 brothers. Whilst working in the footwear industry, he enlisted with the TA in 1938 before beginning full military service on the 18th June 1939 as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers. He married Annie Stannard Munday on the 13th March 1943 whilst serving with the Royal Artillery on searchlight duties.  
 

WILSON, Alistair, D.

Known as: 
Willie
Lieutenant (later Honorary Captain)
No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Alistair Wilson was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
  • Evacuated back to the UK, he rejoined No.9 Commando and in 1943 received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Italy [2]

WILSON, George

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant George Wilson was killed in action during operations in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/70.

WILSON, George Harry

Sergeant
No 9 Commando
No 6 Independent Company
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)

Sergeant George Wilson was one of the first to volunteer for Special Service joining No.6 Independent Company in April 1940. He served in No.9 Commando from its formation and by April 1945 was the Signal Sergeant. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during Operation Roast at Lake Comacchio, Italy.

WILSON, Reginald

Private
No 9 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Died on active service

Private Reginald Wilson was accidentally killed during operations in Italy. 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/78.

WRIGHT, George Alexander

Corporal
No 9 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal George Wright died on 14 April of wounds received on 13 April during operations at Lake Comacchio, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/91.
 

WYBAR, George

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Gordon Highlanders (London Scottish)

Lance Corporal George Wybar was wounded on 3 February 1944 during operations in Italy (Monte Faito and Monte Ornito). He was wounded a second time on 6 March 1944 (Anzio). Post war member of the Commando Association from Glasgow.


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