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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
Royal Marines
Marine Anderton served in 3 Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Christchurch, Hants.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
 

ARCHIBALD, William Niven

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of 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
Royal Corps of 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.

BROWSTER, F.

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Browster, 1 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded 29 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe. 
 
Sources
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/92.

CASSEY, Norman Walter

Grave of LCpl Cassey Commando Brigade Sigs.
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
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...].
 

CHAPMAN, George William

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman George Chapman, Brigade Signals, was reported missing 25 December 1943, later reported a prisoner of war. Post war member of the Commando Association from Arundel, Sussex. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/70, WO417/73, and WO417/94.

CHRISTIE, Thomas John

Brigade Signals
Royal Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Commissioned as 2/Lieut. with the Royal Signals on the 29th November 1944  Thomas John Christie was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe.
 

Citation

CHRISTIE, Thomas John

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of 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
Royal Corps of 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].

COX, Graham

Brigade Signals
38v (Welsh) Divisional Signals T.A.

Corporal Graham Cox served in 1 Bde Sigs Troop Jan ’43 – Feb ’44; and 2 Bde Sigs Troop Feb ’44 - Nov ‘45. 

DAVIES, Norman

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of 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.
 

DUNLOP, William

No 6 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman William Dunlop, Signals Section, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Dundee.

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.

FISHER, Frank, W.

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Lance Sergeant Frank Fisher, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. He remained in service after the war serving in Germany and was a member of the Commando Association.

GOW, Sidney John

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman Sidney Gow, 1 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded 29 April 1945 during operations in Western Europe. Post war member of the Commando Association from Selly Oak, Birmingham. They record his final rank attained as Lance Corporal.
 
Sources
Casualty List / National Archives file WO417/92.

HOARE, J

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Hoare, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 10 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

Notes
Possible photo in the Brigade Signals photo gallery.
 

HUGHES, J.

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Hughes, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 23 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

JAMES, Clifford Vizetelly

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of 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]

JOHNSON, J.W.

Brigade Signals
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Served in 2  Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Filey, Yorkshire..

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.

JONES, Harold

Harold Jones RM
Brigade Signals
Royal Marines
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. "

JONES, W. Emlyn

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Served in the Brigade Signal Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Source
Commando Association newsletter 31 issued September 1960. 
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 101 issued September 1995.
 

KIRKHOPE, William Adamson Forbes

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals & Camerons
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.)
 

LANGTON, R.H.

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Langton, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals was wounded on 23 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Liverpool.

LEAHY, Arthur John

John Leahy Brigade Signals
Brigade Signals
Royal 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. 

LEWIS, Francis

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Special Service/Commando Brigade Signals, died during operations in Italy. 
 
Notes

LEWIS, P.R.L.

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Lance Sergeant Lewis, 1 Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded on 7 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France.
1946 Acting Police Inspector resident in Rhodesia.
Post war member of the Commando Association.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.

MCGREGOR, A.M.

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Signalman McGregor, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signal Troop, was wounded on 8 June 1944 during operations in Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Inverness.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/76.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.
 

MOORE, Thomas John

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Lance Corporal Thomas Moore served in 1 Brigade Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association from Poole, Dorset.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 110 issued March 2000.
 

NORTON, James Albert

Jimmy Norton 1 Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman James Norton, 1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals, 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
Royal Corps of 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).

POTTAS, Donald

No 6 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Donald Pottas, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals attached No.6 Commando, died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.

Casulaty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79.

RICHARDSON, Sam Scruton

3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Sam Richardson, 3 Commando Brigade HQ Signal Officer, received a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service while operating with the Army in Burma and on the Eastern Frontier of India.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36925, page 757.

SANDERSON, B.

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Signalman Sanderson, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was wounded on 6 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. 

Source
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.

WALKER, Alan

Brigade Signals
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
-

Lance Corporal Alan Walker served in 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association from Camberley, Surrey.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 105 issued September 1997.

WALKER, J.E.

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of 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.

WHITE, Robert, M.

Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Brigade Signal Troop.
Post war 1946, residing in Buenos Aires Argentina.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 3 (rank shown Cpl.).
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001 (rank shown Sgt) (address Southwell, Notts).
 

WRIGHT, D.

Brigade Signals
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals

Private D. Wright, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, was reported wounded and a prisoner of war on 6 June 1944 during operations in Normandy France.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/78.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.
 

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