9 Cdo. Roll of Honour

                                                    The Fallen from No. 9 Commando
Pte. J. ANDERSON
Pte. D.S. BALFOUR
Pte. J. BANKS
Pte. J. BANNON
Pte. J.G. BLACKIE
Pte. C.G. BROWN
Pte. J. BROWN
Pte. R.F. DICKIE
Pte. W.G. EDMONDS
Pte. H. FARMER
Pte. J. GELLATLY
Pte. J.F. GRIEVE
Pte. E.A. HUNT
Pte. R. JOHNSTONE
Pte. J.L. KEIL
Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 102 of 102

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).

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

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.
 

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. 

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.

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.
 

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.
 

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 .

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.
 

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.
 

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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."
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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, 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.
 

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