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ANDERSON, John

Private John Anderson 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Private John Anderson 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.
Commando Veterans Archive gallery.
Image credit Ian Anderson (nephew).
 
Notes

BEARDMORE, Thomas

RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
RSM Tom Beardmore No 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Regimental Sergeant Major Tom Beardsmore died during operations at Mount Ornito and Monte Faito, Italy [1][2].
 
Before the war commenced, whilst a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Bn., North Staffs., he was amongst a group of service personnel whose names were brought to notice by the General Officer Commanding the British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan, in recognition of distinguished services rendered in connection with the operations in Palestine during the period, 12th September, 1937 to 31st March, 1938 [3].
 

COUPE, Leonard

No 9 Commando
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, Robinson Ostle

No 2 Commando
Private Robinson Craig died [1] during operations on the 11th September at Dragone Hill, near Vietri Salerno,and he was buried there the following day, his grave being marked with a cross. However it was never again found and Private Craig is one of the many who now have no known grave [2].
 

FOWLE, Charles

No 3 Commando

Gunner Charles Fowle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

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

GREEN, Edward

No 3 Commando

Gunner Edward Green died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

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

HERN, Gordon

No 3 Commando

Private Gordon Hern died during early Italian beach reconnaissance. 

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

HOWARD, Edward John

No 3 Commando
Private Edward Howard died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

HUNTER, John Edmund

No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal John Hunter, 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, on the 13th September 1943 and was originally buried by the 6th Yorks and Lancs. However his grave was never found [2]
 

KINGSBURY, Harold Sidney

No 9 Commando
Sergeant Harold Kingsbury MM died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.
  • 1939 (Lance Corporal) (1st Bn., Border Regiment) awarded the Military Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in Palestine." 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 34607, page 1765.
 

LYONS, Frederick James

No 2 Commando

Private Frederick Lyons died during operations at Sarande, Albania.

No 2 Commando War Diary entry:  " 9th Oct'44. Sarande - 3 troop moving round left flank come upon enemy positions suddenly. Heavy spandau and rifle grenade fire. Capt. Parsons MC is hit. Lt Coyle takes over but is hit in the leg. Moves forward again but is killed by grenade."

MATTHEWS, Leslie James

Pte LJ Matthews 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
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. 
A former pupil of Baines Grammar School, Poulton, he worked for the Ministry of Health before joining the Army in 1940. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

MCDOUGALL-PORTER, Christopher Frederick

No 9 Commando
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
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/8.
London Gazette 36886, page 326 issued 11 January 1945.
 

PERRIE, Thomas

Thomas Perrie 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Sergeant Thomas Perrie died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (No.3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
[Image] Taken from a No. 3 Cdo. 5 troop photo in our gallery dated Dec. 1941.
 

QUIGLEY, Thomas

No 9 Commando

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.
 

RADCLIFFE, Frederick

Private Radcliffe 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Frederick Radcliffe died [1] during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Dragonea, above Vietri sul Mare [2].
 
Frederick Radcliffe was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs Radcliffe, 9, Lorton Street, Liverpool, 8. He was an old boy of Chatsworth Street School.  A brother is a prisoner of war in Germany [3]
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[2] No 2 Cdo War Diary September 1943.

RICHARDS, Branson

No 7 Commando
Captain Branson Richards, a prisoner of war detained in Camp P.G. 29 at Veano, Piacenzo, Italy [1], was reported shot and killed whilst escaping captivity [2][3].
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][4]. 
 
Sources
[1] Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/21.

RILEY, John

No 3 Commando
Private John Riley died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

ROLFE, Julian Dudley

No 9 Commando
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."
 
Sources

SMITH, James

LCpl James Smith
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal James Smith died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill,  Salerno, on the left flank North of Jaconti. He was initially buried 20 yards past a T junction (Map ref. 600310) from Dragone to Padacouni, and 20 yards in from the road, ie. South on the left hand side. Map ref. 600309. His body was never found [2].
 

TRIGG, Frederick Harry

Frederick Harry Trigg 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Frederick Trigg MM from Haywards Heath, Sussex, was killed in action in Italy.
 
He had been awarded the Military Medal whilst serving in No.2 Commando for gallant and distinguished service  in 1942 during Operation Musketoon in Norway and his subsequent evasion from capture. Seven of those on that raid were captured and executed.
Extract from the recommendation

WADE, Leonard Alfred

No 9 Commando

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.

His name is also on a Marble Roll of Honour on Monte Ornito.


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