- Appointed to 1 troop No.14 Commando on 3 December 1942 on formation of the unit. No.1 troop was the canoe troop. .
- 10th February 1943 posted to the Commando Depot, Achnacarry, for attachment to No.4 Commando. .
He also has an island in the Arctic named after him. "We feel sure all members, and particularly those who served with David in No, 4 Commando, will be interested to know that a previously undiscovered island in the Arctic (which he discovered in 1937) has been named after him, and is now called Haig Thomas Island. Its position is 78' 15' N. 94" 30'W." [Source: Commando Association newsletter 79].
I am sure that your grandfather was viewed as something of an oddity by his section, given his success as a pre-war explorer and naturalist and also possibly his age, though he had skills as such that were so valuable to 4 Cdo. ("C" Troop was a climbing and parachuting troop.) I sense there was generally enormous affection for him. You possibly know that he was assigned very shortly before D-Day to Sixth Airborne Divn. as a liason officer and that is why he and Sammy parachuted in early on the morning of D-Day. I understand that his stick came down on marshy ground close to the River Dives and well away from where they should have landed. They were ambushed near a cross roads and he was killed. Philippe Godey and his friend had seen them descending and had gone out to warn them that there were Germans in the area."
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