DENISON, Mallinson Charles

Known as: 
Lieutenant (later Major)
Unit / Base: 
2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
P.O.W. number: 
Mallinson Charles Denison 2 Commando
Lieutenant Mallinson Charles Denison, 3 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown in charge of a small protection party to cover the personnel carrying out demolitions on the dry dock. After heavy street fighting and when all ammunition was spent he was captured and became a prisoner of war. Imprisoned at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg , Germany [1][1a].
  • 5 July 1945 Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service against the enemy during the raid at St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942 [2].
  • 1947 awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government [3].
  • 19 October 1946 promoted Captain Royal Fusiliers with seniority dated 1 July 1946 [4].
  • 15 February 1947 transfers to Gloucestershire Regiment [5].
  • Served during the Korean War [6].
  • 21 December 1952 promoted Major [7].
[1] National Archives file WO373/46/285.
[1a] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
[2] London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
[3] National Archives file WO373/185/712.
[4] London Gazette 37788, page 5613.
[5] London Gazette 37880, page 751.
[6] Commando Association newsletter 32.
[7] London Gazette 39723, page 6717.
[Image] Jane-Anne Denison, granddaughter.

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