'RN Beach Cdo. Roll of Honour'

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."

This list of names has been put together from various sources and represents whom we believe may have served and died whilst in the RN Commandos. Many are listed by shore unit and not as RN Beach Commandos on the  Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) database.  Copies of official documents evidencing service in a Commando are necessary before the CWGC will amend their records. If such details are held by you please contact us so we can provide them to the CWGC.
 
Able Seaman Reginald John William BAILEY
Petty Officer Kenneth BEVIS
Petty Officer Thomas Devlin BRIGGS
Able Seaman Charles Edward CHAMBERLAIN
Petty Officer Eric Frank COVENEY
Able Seaman John David Ferguson CULLENS
Sub Lieutenant Alan DAVIS
Able Seaman Edward Christopher EDDY 
Able Seaman Roland ENEFER
Able Seaman George FAIRWEATHER
Able Seaman Robert William GOARD
Sub Lieutenant Frederick Howard GRIFFITHS
Able Seaman Robert HALL 
Leading Seaman Harry HALLOS
Sub Lieutenant C.W.H. HASLETT
Able Seaman Jack Percy HAYWARD
Stoker Leonard Matthew HILLS
Sub Lieutenant A.B. HODGSON
Able Seaman Douglas A. HONEYWOOD
Petty Officer James HOUGH
Able Seaman Henry Kent HUGMAN
Sub Lieutenant Edward Armstrong MACDONALD
Able Seaman George McGRANN
Able Seaman Edward MOONEY 
Leading Seaman Patrick MORAN
Able Seaman William John MURRAY
Able Seaman Desmond Gordon Anthony O'CONNOR
Able Seaman John Joseph O'NEILL
Leading Seaman T.P. PALMER
Leading Seaman Edward John PEASLEY
Able Seaman Fred POMFRET
Able Seaman John Kevin REED
Able Seaman John James SOALL
Able Seaman Dennis Charles THACKRAY
Leading Seaman Alfred TIDDER
Able Seaman William R. TURNBULL
Lieutenant Henry Albert VENN
Able Seaman William McNaughton WELSH
Able Seaman John William WHITTINGTON
Able Seaman Sydney WOOD
 
We will Remember them
 
and all ranks who served in the Commando and have since passed on in the passage of time, who are also remembered by their proud families and comrades.
 
Source: The above Roll of Honour has been compiled from various sources including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, CVA website, and the Naval History and Special Forces ROH websites. We recognise there may possibly be some inaccuracies and/or omissions, and welcome any evidence leading to additional names, or corrections, in order that those who made the ultimate sacrifice are duly remembered. 
 

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen.

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BAILEY, Reginald John William

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Reginald Bailey died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

BEVIS, Kenneth John

RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Petty Officer Kenneth Bevis, RN Beach Commando 'O' ,  died at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba"[3].

BRIGGS, Thomas Devlin

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Petty Officer Thomas Briggs died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

CHAMBERLAIN, Charles Edward

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Charles Chamberlain died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

COVENEY, Eric Frank

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Petty Officer Eric Coveney died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

CULLENS, John David Ferguson

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman John Cullens died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

DAVIS, Alan

RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sub Lieutenant Alan Davis  died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [2].  He was an Assistant Beachmaster during the operation [3].

ENEFER, Roland

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Roland Enefer died during Operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

FAIRWEATHER, George Paton

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman George Fairweather died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

HALL, Robert

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Robert Hall, RN Beach Commando ‘K’, died in Italy. 

Sources
CWGC.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/131.

HALLOS, Harry

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Leading Seaman Harry Hallos died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

HAYWARD, Jack Percy

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Jack Hayward died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

HILLS, Leonard Matthew

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Stoker Leonard Hills died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

HODGSON, Alan Burnet

RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sub Lieutenant Alan Hodgson died during operations at Elba [1][2].
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [2]. He was a Beachmaster during the operation [3].
 

HONEYWOOD, Douglas Alan

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Douglas Honeywood died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

HOUGH, James

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Petty Officer James Hough, RN Beach Commando 'L', was killed during operations at Walcheren.
 
Sources:
CWGC 
History of RN Commando 'Love' National archives ref. DEFE2/987.
 

HUGMAN, Henry Kent

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Henry Hugman died during operations at Elba [1][2].  At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

MCGRANN, George

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman George McGrann died during operations to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the island of Corsica. 

Sources
CWGC.
The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.

MOONEY, Edward

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Able Seaman Edward Mooney, RN Beach Commando 'P', died during operations at Normandy [1].  Beach Commando 'P' was attached to Force 'J' for Operation Overlord [2].  

MORAN, Patrick

RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Leading Seaman Patrick Moran, RN Beach Commando 'S', died during operations in Normandy. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches.
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazettes Supplement 36676, page 4008.
 

MURRAY, William John

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman William Murray died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

O'CONNOR, Desmond Gordon Anthony

RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Desmond O'Connor died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [3].

O'NEILL, John Joseph

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman John O'Neill died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

PALMER, Terence Patrick

RN Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Leading Seaman Terence Palmer died during operations at Elba [1][2]. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "distinguished service in operations carried out in the face of determined opposition from the enemy which led to the capture of the island of Elba" [3].

PEASLEY, Edward John

RN Commando
Royal Navy
Mentioned in Despatches
Died on active service

Leading Seaman Edward Peasley, RN Beach Commando 'H', died by drowning in a diving accident in Genoa, Italy [1][1a][2][Notes B].

He had earlier received a Mention in Despatches for outstanding services in planning and carrying out an operation in the Arakan, Burma, in close co-operation with the Army [3].

POMFRET, Fred

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Fred Pomfret died during operations at Elba [1][2].  At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

SOALL, John James

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Able Seaman John Soall, RN Beach Commando 'K', died during operations at Salerno [1][2].
 
Sources
[1] C.W.G.C.
[2] National Archives file ADM 358/1892 - Admiralty: Casualty Branch: Enquiries into Missing Personnel, 1939-1945 War.
 

THACKRAY, Dennis Charles

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Able Seaman Dennis Thackray died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].
 

TIDDER, Alfred

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Leading Seaman Alfred Tidder died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

TURNBULL, William, R.

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman William Turnbull during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard [3].

WELSH, William McNaughton

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman William Welsh died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

WHITTINGTON, John William

RN Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman John Whittington died during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard. The operation was launched from the liberated island of Corsica [3].

WOOD, Sydney

RN Commando
RN Beach Commando R2
Killed in action or died of wounds

Able Seaman Sydney Wood, RN Beach Commando ‘R2’,  died during Operations at Normandy.[Source: CWGC]  


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