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1 Special Service Bde Signals Troop War Diary June-Sept 1944

This section contains a transcript taken from the War Diary covering specific periods. It is a basic transcript for private research and educational use only. Whilst we always endeavour to achieve accuracy, we acknowledge that there may be dates and/or entries missing, and other possible errors, The actual War Diaries can be found at the National Archives in Kew.

ANDERTON, E.F.

Brigade Signals
Marine 'Andy' Anderton, 3 Brigade Signals, of Christchurch, Hants., was a member of the original Commando Association.
[Source: Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.]
 

ARCHIBALD, William Niven

Brigade Signals

Signalman William Archibald served in the Brigade Signals and 2 Special Service Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Falkirk, Scotland.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 published Sept. 1995
James Archibald McLeod (nephew).
 

ARMSTRONG, Robert

Brigade Signals

Robert enlisted on the 12th June 1941 and then volunteered for the Commandos. After his commando training he served with the Special Service Brigade Signals Troop and 2 Commando Brigade Signals. 

AUSTEN, Alexander Fred

Brigade Signals
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Company Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander Austen, 1st Special Service Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his exemplary service [1].
Recommendation including Record of Service
1929 enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals.

CASSEY, Norman Walter

Grave of LCpl Cassey Commando Brigade Sigs.
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Norman Cassey, 1 Special Service Bde. Signals, died during operations at Le Plein Normandy when the HQ was heavily shelled and mortared.
 
Sources
CWGC.
War Diary 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [more...].
 

CHRISTIE, Thomas John

Brigade Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Thomas Christie, Lines Officer 1st Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the M.C. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in NW Europe, specifically whilst laying out a communications line over a demolished railway bridge across the River Rhine at Wesel [2].
 

CLUBE, Gordon Murray

Brigade Signals
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Lieutenant Gordon Clube served in 1 Special Service Brigade Signals [1].
  • 11 November 1939 (Private) (Artists Rifles) commissioned Second Lieutenant [2].
  • 3 February 1944 relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt [3].

DAVIES, Norman

Brigade Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Norman Davies died during operations in Germany.
 
Notes
At the time of his death his Bde. were engaged in operations near Wesel.
 

DYMER, John, C.

John Dymer 1 Brigade Signals
Brigade Signals

Corporal John 'Jack' Dymer served in 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association residing USA. 

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 118 issued February 2004.

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Brigade Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Clifford James, 2 Special Service Brigade Signals Officer, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations at Salerno between 9-16 September 1943 [1][1A].
  • January 1945 received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [2]

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM
Brigade Signals
Military Medal (MM)

Marine (Acting Temororary Corporal) Harold Jones, 4 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was awarded the MM for "gallantry, determination and great devotion to duty during assault operations at  Walcheren and Flushing whilst attached to No 4 Commando. "

KIRKHOPE, William Adamson Forbes

Brigade Signals
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Signalman William Kirkhope, 2 Special Service Bde. Signals, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the 13th September 1943 at Salerno when he volunteered to repair a vital line of communications that had been cut on the Vietri to Salerno road, an area that was under heavy enemy mortar and M.G.

KNIGHT, John E.

Brigade Signals
Jack Knight served in Brigade Signals. Post war he was secretary of the Birmingham Branch of the Commando Association.
(Image source: CVA Gallery Bde Sigs reunion 16th July 1988.)
 

LEAHY, Arthur John

John Leahy Brigade Signals
Brigade Signals
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Officer Commanding the Special Service Brigade Signal troop. 
 
Service History
5 Commando - July 1940 to November 1940 
3 Commando (raising Special Service Brigade Signal Section) - Nov 1940 to Dec 1940 
Special Service Brigade Signals - Dec 1940 to October 1943. 

NORTON, James Albert

Jimmy Norton 1 Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade

Signalman James Norton, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade, was wounded during the Normandy landings  on 6 June 1944. He received a 21st Army Group Certificate for Gallantry. Post war resided Hunstanton Norfolk and was a well respected member of the community as seen in the newspaper obituary below.

POLLOCK, John, S.

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service Brigade Signals. Wounded 16 August 1944 Bois de Bavant Normandy. Post war member of the Commando Association from Appleton, Oxfordshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletters 98 and 102.
War Diary (see Linked Content below).

WALKER, J.E.

Brigade Signals

1 Special Service Brigade Signals. Wounded 16 August 1944 Bois de Bavant Normandy.

Sources
War Diary (see Linked Content below).
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.


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