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CLIBBORN, William Cuthbert

Lieutenant William Clibborn 2 Commando
No 2 Commando

Lieutenant William Clibborn, 2 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 and was wounded during the raid and taken prisoner.  He was imprisoned at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg. Germany.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/3 and 417/8.
St Nazaire Society website.

COPLAND, William Oranmore

No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Major William Copland was second in command of No 2 Commando. He served with No 4 Independent Company and then with the newly formed No 2 Cdo. He took part in Operation Chariot and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his gallantry on the raid. He was taken prisoner and subsequently held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg.
Citation

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of Lt. Col. Newman's HQ party on board MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. He was held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg, Germany.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 37162, page 3493
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

DENISON, Mallinson Charles

Mallinson Charles Denison 2 Commando
No 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.

ETCHES, William Whitson

Col Bill Etches OBE MC
No 3 Commando
Lieutenant William Etches, a veteran of the Lofoten and Vaagso raids in Norway 1941 (he received a Mention in Despatches during the latter) [1],  was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry at St Nazaire in March 1942 during Operation Chariot

HOPWOOD, Howell Gaston Lloyd

No 2 Commando

Lieutenant Howell Hopwood, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and imprisoned at Oflag 9A/Z Rotenberg Germany and Oflag 9A/H Spangenberg Germany.
Recommendation

MONTGOMERY, Robert Kerr

No 2 Commando

Captain Robert Montgomery, along with Captain William Pritchard RE [more....], had been instrumental in the initial planning and training of the demolition teams for the St Nazaire raid. Captain Montgomery was in charge of the demolition teams on board HMS Campbeltown [1]
Taken prisoner after the raid and detained at Oflag 09A at Spangenberg kei Kassel, Germany [2].

MORGAN, Richard Fuller

Lieutenant Richard Morgan 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Lieutenant Richard Morgan, 2 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942. Embarking on board Motor Launch ML262 he commanded a small protection party. He  was captured after the raid and would later be imprisoned in camps at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg and Oflag 4C at Colditz [1][2][2a][3].
Recommendation

RODERICK, John Morgan

Lieut. John Roderick MC, No 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
On the 1st July 1939 the then Private John Roderick received his commission as Second Lieutenant.  After volunteering for the Commandos he joined No 2 Commando 3 troop. On the St Nazaire raid he commanded an assault party of commandos embarked on board HMS Campbeltown.

ROY, Donald William

Captain Donald Roy DSO
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Private Donald William Roy, a Cadet of the Fettes College Contingent Junior Division O.T.C., received his commission into the Liverpool Scots TA on the 17th June 1939.
Lieutenant Roy was mobilised in August 1939 and posted to the 2nd Battalion. From there he volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No 3 Platoon,  No 4 Independent Company.
In May 1941 he and the rest of No 4 Ind. Coy sailed as part of Scissors Force to Norway (Operation Avonmouth).  

STUTCHBURY, John Forbes

No 2 Commando
Lieutenant John Stutchbury, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27/28th March, 1942.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Oflag 9A/H Spangenberg Germany. 
MiD recommendation

SWAYNE, Ronald Oliver Carless

No 1 Commando
Lieutenant Ronnie Swayne was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on Motor Launch ML306 during the raid at St. Nazaire [1][2]
He was taken prisoner and later transported to Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg bei Kassel, Germany [3][4].
  • 26 June 1979 conferred with the honour of knighthood [5].
  • 1989 appointed Vice President of the Commando Association [6].
Sources
[1]London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
[2] St Nazaire Society.

WYLIE, Kenneth Neil

No 7 Commando
Temporary Major Kenneth Wylie, B.A. was second in command of No.7 Commando. During operations on Crete he was placed in command replacing the sick Lt. Col. Colvin and was subsequently captured by the enemy [1]
  • He was transported to Germany and imprisoned at Oflag O9/AH at Spangenberg [2].

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