Commando Depot (CBTC) Roll of Honour

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ASHLEY, Pierce

Training Centres
Private Pierce Ashley died at the Military Hospital, Onich, of multiple gunshot wounds. 
 
His name is on the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH as being at the Commando Basic Training Centre at the time. Casualties from there were usually taken to the Military Hospital, Onich.  He is listed by the CWGC under his Regiment with no mention of a Commando unit. This would be correct if he died in training before completion of his course.
 
Service in a Commando is not established.
 

BLEAKLEY, Charles

No 1 Commando

Fusilier Charles Bleakley was accidentally killed by gunshot wound (instantaneous) at Bunarkaig, Achnacarry.  He was seen after death by Capt. J.E. Symondson RAMC, the Medical Officer at the Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC). 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/52.
Register of Deaths in the district of Kilmallie via www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.

COOK, Herbert

Training Centres
Rifleman Herbert Cook, aged 18, died at the Commando Basic Training Centre.  His death is recorded as by '"shell round (mortar) of head while on service training."  He was "seen after death by Capt. J.H.

DOOLEY, Arthur

44RM Commando
Corporal Arthur Dooley, 'C' Troop, died in a training accident at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry, Scotland. 
Extract from the  No. 44RM Commando War Diary
19th September 1943.
p.m. 2" mortar accident resulting in death of Sgt Gibson and Cpl A. Dooley, both of C Troop.  
Extracts from personal Service Record 
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DREW, Norman

Training Centres
Lance Corporal Norman Drew was found dead on 27 October 1942 in the River Arkaig,  Achnacarry, 100 yards South of the Iron Bridge. He had been reported missing on 4 October 1942. The cause of death is recorded as by drowning and he was seen after death by Capt. J. E. Symondson, RAMC, the Medical Officer at Achnacarry. The informant is shown as a CSM at the Commando Depot. 

DRYSDALE, Kenneth J.H.

Training Centres

Private Kenneth Drysdale drowned at Mucomir, Gairlochy, whislt serving at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry. 
A newspaper report shows that  he died along with another soldier, Pte Charles Sweeney aged 26 from Stoke on Trent [see below], whilst fishing from a boat with 15 yr old John McKay, the son of a water baliff from Kilmonivaig. The report states that it appears they lost an oar whilst manoeuvring the boat  into a suitable spot near Mucomir Falls on the River Lochy and got carried away into the swirling water.  

FARRELL, William Henry

44RM Commando
Marine William Farrell died at the Military Hospital, Onich from a bullet wound accidentally received during training at the Commando Basic Training Centre. The cause of death was recorded as a "gunshot wound to the neck." 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
Register of Deaths in the district of Ballachulish via website scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
 

GIBSON, Eric Hookway

Eric Hookway Gibson as a child
44RM Commando
Sergeant Eric Gibson died in training at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry, Scotland.
Extract from the 44RM Commando War Diary
"p.m. 2" mortar accident resulting in death of Sgt Gibson and Cpl A. Dooley, both of C Troop". 
Extract from the Kilmallie Death Registers
Former occupation - assistant golf professional.
Cause of death - multiple injuries head, neck, and chest.
Seen after death by Capt. J.E. Symondson RAMC, Medical Officer CBTC.  
 

GOMM, Arthur George

RM Engineer Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre

Sergeant Arthur Gomm died from multiple injuries sustained as a result of the premature explosion of a high explosive demolition charge at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry, Scotland.

Sources:
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.
Register of Deaths in the district of Kilmallie.

CVA Gallery image of grave.

HAYDON, Alan Albert

Training Centres
Gunner Alan Haydon died by accidental drowning whilst at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry.  
He had been posted from 34th Signal Training Regiment, RA, to the Commando Depot on 8 November 1941.
Also recorded as dying by drowning on this date  were Private Patrick McCarthy, Fusilier James Scullion, and Corporal Frederick Turner [see Linked Content below].

HOCTEL, Lamont Durward

Training Centres
Private Lamont Hoctel, 1st US Rangers, Company 'E',  drowned whilst training at Achnacarry. The date of his death is during the period that the US 1st Ranger Bn., led by Colonel W. Darby attended the Commando Basic Training Centre for their training. His death is noted in their War Diary as "drowned during stream crossing exercise.".
 
The local Death Register records the following information
 
Former occupation: Petrol Attendant
Private, Ranger Batallion, United States Army
Single, Male, 25yrs.

HUGHES, William Nichol

Training Centres
Guardsman William Hughes was found dead at 3pm on 27 October 1942 in Loch Lochy at Bunarkaig, 25 yards West of the boathouse. He had been reported missing on 4 October 1942. His death is recorded as by drowning and he was seen after death by Capt. J.E. Symondson, the Medical Officer at the Commando Depot, and the informant was an officer from the Commando Depot, Achnacarry. 
LCpl. Norman Drew, Scots Guards, also died by drowning on this date and at this location [see Linked Content below].

JOHNSON, Herbert

Commando Basic Training Centre
Lieutenant Herbert Johnson died of illness at the Military Hospital, Buchanan, Stirling at 3.45 am on the 17th March 1944. The Register of Deaths records the cause of death as "chronic interstitial nephritis".  His profession is shown as "(Detective Sergeant, Police Force) Lieutenant KOY Light Infantry (att. Commandos)". 

LEES, Archibald

Training Centres

Private Archibald Lees drowned in Loch Lochy during training.  He was seen after death by Capt.  J.E. Symondson RAMC, Medical Officer at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry.

LYONS, Frank

Training Centres
Marine Frank Lyons died of gunshot wounds and shock at The Military Hospital, Onich, near Fort William, believed to be located at the time in the grounds of Alltshellach House. His death occurred during an operation to treat the wounds to his left leg and right foot. 
 

MCCARTHY, Patrick

Training Centres
Private Patrick McCarthy, aged 18, died by drowning whilst at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry. 
The Register of Deaths records that he was found dead on the 10th February 1942 at 10am in the River Lochy,  800 yards East of Lochy Bridge. Last seen alive 28th November 1941.  Cause of death was drowning. Informant was Capt. Hoare, RA, for Officer Commanding Commando Depot, Achnacarry.
Also recorded as dying by drowning on this date were Gunner Alan Haydon, Fusilier James Scullion, and Corporal Frederick Turner [see Linked Content below].

SCULLION, James

Training Centres
Fusilier James Scullion, aged 18, died whilst at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry.  He was last seen alive on the 28th November 1941. His body was found at 3.30pm on the 2nd June 1942 on the foreshore of Loch Eil, opposite Kilmallie Houses, Corpach. Cause of death was declared as drowning. The informant is recorded as the Commanding Officer, Commando Depot Achnacarry.

STOCKBRIDGE, William

Training Centres
Rifleman William Stockbridge, aged 18, died at the Commando Basic Training Centre. His death is recorded  as being by "shell wound (mortar) of head and chest while on service training."  He was seen after death by Capt.

SWEENEY, Charles Henry

Training Centres
Private Charles Sweeney drowned at Mucomir, Gairlochy, whilst serving at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry.
A newspaper report shows that  he died along with another soldier, Private Kenneth Drysdale [see below], whilst fishing from a boat with 15 yr old John McKay, the son of a local water baliff from Kilmonivaig. The report states that it appears they lost an oar whilst manoeuvring the boat  into a suitable spot near Mucomir Falls on the River Lochy and got carried away into the swirling water.  

TURNER, Frederick William Morgan

No 12 Commando
Corporal Frederick Turner, No.12 Commando, died by drowning in Loch Linne whilst serving at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry.  

Also recorded as dying by drowning on this date were Private Pat McCarthy, Fusilier James Scullion, and Gunner Alan Haydon [see Linked Content below].

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/35 and WO417/38.
Register of Deaths in the district of Kilmallie via www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.

WELCH, Frederick Edward

Training Centres
Private Frederick Welch died at the Military Hospital, Onich, of multiple gunshot wounds. His occupation is shown as Policeman on the Death Register.

In 1939 he was Metroplitan Police Constable 262G and based or residing at The Metropolitan Police Convalescant Depot, Chigwell Hall, High Rd., Chigwell.

WOOLLAM, George Arthur

Lt George Woollam 46RM Commando
46RM Commando
Lieutenant George Woollam died in an accident whilst serving at the Commando Basic Training Centre. The death certificate states he died of a fractured skull at the North British Aluminium Company's Works. 
  • 46RM Commando from 1943 onwards.
  • From Tunstall and remembered on their War Memorial.
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