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ABRAM, Cyril Henry

No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Executed
Rifleman Cyril Abram was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

ADDERLEY, Rex Alsager

No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Rex Adderley was reported missing after operations at Dieppe, France, and was later presumed killed in action at sea. He has no known grave [1][2]
He enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 21 June 1939 and, after volunteering, was attached to No.3 Commando on 7 July 1940 [3].

AIRD, Michael Derrick

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Michael Aird, 4 troop, died during the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on ML 268. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
 

BIGGS, Leonard Vincent

No 6 Commando
Royal Artillery

Gunner Leonard Biggs was reported missing presumed killed in action at sea*.

He is not listed on the CWGC database or the Casualty Lists as a Commando, however his name is listed on the Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour. A full service record check should be made to confirm any Commando service.

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Graeme Black DSO, MC, was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven Commandos of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. 

BRYAN, Edward Joseph

Edward Bryan 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Edward Bryan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

BURGESS, Leslie

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Leslie Burgess died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

BURNS, Charles

No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Charles Burns, 6 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno. He was buried as far as is known by the 6th Yorks and Lancs on the forward slope of hill [2].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] 2 Commando Casualties Salerno document below.
 

CARLISLE, Alan

Alan Carlisle 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Alan Carlisle, 4 Troop, died during operations at Vaagso, Norway. He was buried at sea after a service on board HMS Kenya.
  • Enlisted 1937; deployed to France 1939; volunteered for Commandos after Dunkirk; joined No.3 Commando and took part in the Lofoten Islands raid in March 1941.
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CARTER, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Thomas Carter from Yorkshire died in a boating accident at Largs.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 06 June 1942

CHETWYND, Samuel Ernest

No 12 Commando
Sherwood Forresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Samuel Chetwynd died during Operation Chariot, the raid a St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457 as part of Capt. Pritchard's Demolition Control Party.
 

CHITTY, John Albert

No 4 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Sergeant John Chitty, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.
 

COUGHLAN, John

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Coughlan, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

COULSON, Garnett

No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Garnett Coulson died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

COX, Victor John

No 12 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry
Executed
Sergeant Victor John 'Jack' Cox, No 12 Commando, was assigned to No.14 Commando for Operation Checkmate.  He was captured on the raid at Kopervik in Norway on 29th April 1943.  He was imprisoned and later executed after being taken to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and shot.  
 

CUNNINGHAM, Henry Peter

No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Henry Cunningham, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

CURTIS, Eric Gordon

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Executed
Private Eric Curtis was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DONALDSON, John

Lance Corporal John Donaldson 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Donaldson, 3 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.  

DRANSFIELD, Keith Charles

No 3 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Keith Dransfield died at sea.  The exact circumstances of his death are not known. However a report in the Cheshire Observer 28 August 1943 notes him as missing believed drowned. This is supported by the Army Casualty Lists which list him initially as "At Sea - Missing 17 June 1943".

DUNCAN, Ronald

No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Ronald Duncan died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.  He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 268.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

ELDRIDGE, Leonard Frederick

Leonard Eldridge 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Leonard Eldridge, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 447.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.
[Image credit] Karen Eldridge.

EMBELIN, Arthur Edward

SBS
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Arthur Embelin was the original CSM to 2 Special Boat Section. He died during operations at Oran Harbour. He had previously served in 101 Troop ( the Folbot section of No. 6 Commando).
 
Sources
CWGC

EVANS, Francis George

No 3 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Francis Evans died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GERRARD, Thomas Cecil

No 3 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Thomas Gerrard was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France. He was later presumed killed in action and has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/49 and WO417/57.

GIBSON, William

No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Gibson, 6 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268. Like all those on the raid they were given an opportunity beforehand to write their will or last letters.  Bill Gibson wrote to his Father. Read it below.
 

GILES, John Frederick

No 3 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment, Royal Tank Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain John Giles, 3 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. He had served with No 3 Commando since their first raid on Guernsey.

John Giles received his first commission into the Gloucestershire Regiment and won the heavy-weight boxing championship of the Army Southern Command. He also played rugby for Clifton Rugby Football Club.

GROSE, William Ernest

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman William Grose, 2 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 447.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

HARRISON, Norman

No 3 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Norman Harrison died during operations at Dieppe.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HAYES, Frank

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman Frank Hayes, 4 troop, died during the raid at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
 

HILLERNS, Michael Guy

No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment & G.H.Q. Liaison Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Michael Hillerns died during operations at Dieppe.  He was a Phantom patrol commander attached to No 3 Commando at the time.

HODGSON, Eric Stewart

No 2 Commando
Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Eric Hodgson, Officer Commanding 1 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He was the Officer commanding the commando contingent on motor launch ML 446.
 

HOODLESS, Donald Samuel

No 4 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Donald Hoodless, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.
 

HUGHES, Charles Richard

No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Charles Hughes, 2 troop, was shot and killed during operations at Vaagso, Norway. 
Service Record
27/1/40 Posted as a Lance Corporal to 309 ITC (Infantry Training Centre) at Blandford Camp, Dorset
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC appointed Acting Corporal (unpaid). 
24/2/40 whilst at 309 ITC now appointed paid Acting Corporal 

JACKMAN, Leonard Thomas

No 3 Commando
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Leonard Jackman died during operations at Dieppe.
 
The following is from a CVA forum message, "I believe that Len Jackman and my Grandfather Stan Hailes joined No. 3 Commando on its first day.  Stan once told me that a small group of volunteers from the Duke of Wellington's were marched to the parade by Sgt Hobson. The group included:

JAMESON, Robert Evan

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

Lance Sergeant Robert Jameson died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on HMS Campbeltown.

Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society website.

JENKINS, Morgan

2nd Lieut Jenkins 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 5 Independent Company
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Morgan  Jenkins died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

JOHNSON, Denis Alan

No 3 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Denis Johnson died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Joseph Blundell

No 2 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson-Houghton MC was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. Generally referred to as Joseph Houghton as the family often used the shortened surname of 'Houghton'.

JONES, Harri Havard

No 12 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Harri Jones died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268 and part of a Demolition Team.
 

KAHL, Frederick George

Frederick George Kahl
No 6 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Captain Frederick Kahl, 3 Troop, was accidentally killed in a climbing accident on the Milestone Buttress of Tryfan mountain near Bethesda, Wales.
 

LANE, William

No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal William Lane died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.

Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MAKEHAM, Reginald Henry

No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Executed

Private Reginald Makeham, 6 troop,  was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

Sources
CWGC.
Killing of British POWs Germany after capture in Norway Operation Musketoon  / National Archives file WO311/382.

MARTIN, Robert George

Private Robert Martin 4 Independent Company
No 4 Independent Company
2nd Bn Liverpool Scottish QOCH
Died on active service
Private Robert Martin, No. 4 Independent Company, was accidentally shot and killed returning from the British Expedition to Norway. His Company were part of Scissors Force. 

MAYLOTT, Jesse

No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Jesse Maylott, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on Motor Launch ML 267. The launch was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

PARKER, Charles Alfred

LCpl Charles Parker 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Charles Parker died whilst taking part in intelligence gathering operations from Malta. Landing from submarines of the 10th submarine flotilla utilising folbots they would gather information and be picked up later.

ROBINSON, Sydney

No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Sydney Robinson, 4 troop, died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 268.
 

SEVERN, Clive

LCpl. Severn SBS
No 11 Commando
SBS
Northamptonshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Clive Severn died at sea. He received a posthumous MiD "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East. [Source: London Gazettes Supp. 36065, page 2870.]
 

SHENTON, Joseph

No 9 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joseph Shenton died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on board motor launch ML 268.
 

SMALLEY, Christopher John

Christopher John Smalley 5 Commando
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Christopher Smalley died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on HMS Campbeltown he commanded a demolition party whose task it was to destroy the Dry Dock Installations. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services." 
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SMITH, Miller

No 2 Commando
Coldstream Guards
Southport Borough Police
Executed

Sergeant Miller Smith was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. 

TUNSTALL, Harry

No 6 Commando
Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Harry Tunstall , 101 troop,  died during the very short period  his unit was redesignated as 5 Special Service Bn., before reforming again as No 6 Commando.  His death is recorded as by drowning in the Westminster Abbey Commando ROH database.
 

TURLEY, Frank William

No 3 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frank Turley died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/36.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

VANDERWERVE, John Edward

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Vanderwerve  died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 306 and  OIC of a protection squad for the demolition team on board.
 

WOODCOCK, Mark

No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Mark Woodcock died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was Officer in Charge of a demolition team on Motor Launch ML 262.


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