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ANDERSON, John

Private John Anderson 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
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.

BROWN, Reid

No 9 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Reid Brown died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead.

COUPE, Leonard

No 9 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
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, Albert John

No 9 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Company Sergeant Major Albert Craig died in Italy. His Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74 and WO417/75.
Linked Content below.
 

CRAIG, Robinson Ostle

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Robinson Craig died [1] during operations on 11 September at Dragone Hill, near Vietri Salerno. 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].

GRAY, Frank Herbert

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Frank Gray was reported missing presumed died on 11 March 1945 during operations in Italy. 
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/95.
 

HERN, Gordon

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

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.

HOLMES, Leslie Thomas

No 9 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Leslie Holmes died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead. He was the recipient of a King's Commendation for brave conduct. (Source: CWGC.)

HUNTER, John Edmund

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
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]
 

LYONS, Frederick James

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

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."

MCDOUGALL-PORTER, Christopher Frederick

No 9 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
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

MOIR, Bertram Wigton

No 9 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Bertram Moir was reported wounded and missing 19 March 1944, later presumed killed in action. He has no known grave. At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.

PASH, Reginald Jack

No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Reginald Pash, 5 troop, died [1] during operations at Dragone Hill, Salerno, and was buried by the 6th Yorks and Lancs Regt. His grave was never found [2].
 

PERRIE, Thomas

Thomas Perrie 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
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
Killed in action or died of wounds

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
Killed in action or died of wounds
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].
 

RICHARDS, Branson

No 7 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
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

ROLFE, Julian Dudley

No 9 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
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."
 

SMITH, George Alfred

No 9 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private George Smith died during an operation against German forces in the wadis near the Anzio beachhead, Italy.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/74.
 

Notes
Service number indicates possible Police Intake. Awaits verification.

SMITH, James

LCpl James Smith
No 2 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
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
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
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.

WADE, Leonard Alfred

No 9 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

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.


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