'Special Service Roll of Honour'

The Fallen from the Special Service Brigade and Group
 
No. 1 Independent Company
No. 2 Independent Company
No. 3 Independent Company
No. 4 Independent Company
No. 5 Independent Company
Special Service Battalions
Special Service/Commando Group, Brigade H.Q., CMWTC, and Brigade Signals
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Holding Operational Commando
1 Special Service/Commando Brigade 
2 Special Service/Commando Brigade
3 Special Service/Commando Brigade
4 Special Service/Commando Brigade

Special Service Detachments 1 and 2 (Burma)
(where no earlier commando unit is yet known)
Special Boat Section / Squadron / Service
The SAS and SBS hold their own comprehensive ROH. 

Service in a Commando not fully established
The following are referred to as "Commando" on either the CWGC databse, or on some other document we have discovered, but to date we have no official detail of their commando service. If you have such information please contact us. [go to contact form]
Deaths at Commando Training Centres
Service Record required to verify any commando service.
Pte.   F.E.  WELCH                                    

Notes on Training Centre deaths: Prior to the establishment of the Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC), from 1940 training was done on a Unit basis. Some later attended the CBTC for further training already confirmed as Commandos.  In 1943 some RM Battalions were simply redesignated as RM Commando units prior to their Commando training. Therefore a few who died in training at Achnacarry are shown on their Unit ROH. Additionally units other than Commandos trained at Achnacarry on occasions, so their names will be on their Regimental ROH.  If not listed here check the Roll of Honour [View] and Archive links below.


Notes
Buried at Tirana Park War Memorial Cemetery, Albania, all having died during Operation Healing Two, a Combined Operations assault on 28/29 July 1944 from the Island of Vis against German Forces in Albania. In 2019 the CWGC inexplicably changed their records for the below named soldiers to show a secondary unit as No.2 Commando however their own Battalion, 2nd Bn HLI City of Glasgow Regt., (not to be confused with the other 2nd Bn HLI) was indeed operating from the Dalmatian Island of Vis at the time as were No.2, the R.S.R,, and other units. No other record shows they were in No.2 Commando just part of a Combined Operations Force that involved different units. All are remembered on the Highland Light Infantry Roll of Honour. Update 19Jun2024 - After communicating with the CWGC about this they agree the change was made in error and will remove commando references.
Remembered with Honour
3251200 LSgt. Herbert AVEYARD, 29, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn. 
3326243 Pte. Alexander BARR, 29, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn.
2939334 Pte. John CASEY, 22, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn. 
176413 Lieut. Alan Macdonald SENNETT, 23, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn.
3328173 Pte. Norman SWANNEY, 24, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn. 

We will Remember them
and all ranks who served in the Special Service Brigades, and have since passed on in the passage of time, who are also remembered by their proud families and comrades.
 

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 94 of 94

AINSLEY, Ernest

Ernest Ainsley 5 Independent Company
Fusilier
2883670
No 5 Independent Company
8th Bn Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Ernest Ainsley died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Oscar and Jane Ann Ainsley, of Gateshead, Co. Durham.

ALLEN, Richard Henry

Fusilier
4193131
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 7th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Richard Allen was reported missing 28 May 1940 later confirmed as killed in action during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Thomas and Margaret Ellen Allen of Welshpool, Montgomeryshire.

ASHLEY, Pierce

Private
14430189
Commando Basic Training Centre
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Pierce Ashley died at the Military Hospital, Onich, of multiple gunshot wounds. 
Son of Thomas and Josephine Ashley, of Inchicore, Dublin.
 
Source
CWGC.

AYTON, Philip Atterbury

Philip Ayton 2SBS
Captain
184637
SBS
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Philip Ayton, 2 SBS, was severely wounded when he stepped on a landmine during a raid on the Channel Islands. He was evacuated to the UK but later died of his wounds. Posthumous Mention in Despatches. 
Son of Sydney Harry and Elsie Alice Ayton, of Eastbourne, Sussex.

BAILEY, Arthur Charles

Gunner
14422036
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Artillery
Died in the UK

Gunner Arthur Bailey was found dead on Westhampnett Lane Chichester, a road leading to Goodwood.  Ambulance men at the scene found that he had fractured his skull and it was later ascertained that he had fallen from a lorry in which he was a passenger.

BALDWIN, Charles William

Sergeant
4183553
No 2 Independent Company
Monmouthshire Regiment, 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Charles Baldwin was killed in action during operations at Pothus, Norway (Scissors Force). Son of George and Elizabeth Baldwin; husband of Inez Jane Baldwin, of Penram, Glamorgan.
Service

BECKETT, John Arthur

Lance Sergeant
2585162
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Died on war service
Lance Sergeant John Beckett, Brigade Signals 2 Section, died in a road traffic collision along with two others. Son of Arthur John and Rosetta Matilda Beckett, of Southend-on-Sea [1][2].

BLACK, George Leonard

Fusilier
4193813
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 6th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier George Black died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of G. D. and Margaret Black, of Caernarvon.

Sources
CWGC.
 

BURNS, Arthur Brian

Signalman
3781988
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Died on war service
Signalman Arthur Burns, Brigade Signals 2 Section, died in a road traffic collision along with two others. Son of James and Elizabeth Burns, of Haverthwaite [1][2].

BUTLER, George Albert

Marine
CH/X113017
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Died on war service

Marine George Butler, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ,  died at the General Military Hospital, Barming Heath nr. Maidstone from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

CASSEY, Norman Walter

Grave of LCpl Cassey Commando Brigade Sigs.
Lance Corporal
14649217
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Norman Cassey, 1 Special Service Brigade Signals, died during operations at Le Plein Normandy when the HQ was heavily shelled and mortared. Son of Walter and Annie Cassey; husband of Doris Mary Cassey, of Dartford, Kent.
 
Sources

CASSON, Robert

Mne Robert Casson 45RMCommando
Marine
EX/3236
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine Robert Casson, 4 Special Service Brigade HQ, died during operations at Normandy on D Day. He was shot as his Landing Craft approached Juno beach.

CHISHOLM, Alexander

Rifleman
3245939
No 1 Independent Company
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 6th Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds

Rifleman Alexander Chisholm died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of David and Elizabeth Chisholm, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

COOK, Herbert

Rifleman
14419989
Commando Basic Training Centre
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Rifleman Herbert Cook, aged 18, died at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Cook, of Islington, London.
Death recorded as by '"shell round (mortar) of head while on service training."  

COWIESON, Alex, G.

Lance Corporal
3310910
No 1 Independent Company
6th Bn Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Alex Cowieson died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Alexander Gray and Catherine Cowieson, of Partick, Glasgow; husband of Ruby Cowieson, of Partick.

CROUCH, Alfred John

Trooper
7952333
SBS
Special Air Service and Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds

Trooper Alfred Crouch, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.

CURRIE, John Robert Sanderson

Signalman John R.S. Currie,  Commando Bde Signals
Signalman
2578032
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman John Currie, 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals, was killed in action in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave. Son of Daniel James Currie and Mary Jane Currie.

DAVIES, Norman

Signalman
2588380
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Signalman Norman Davies, 1 Commando Brigade Signals, was killed in action during operations in Germany. At the time of his death 1 Commando Brigade were engaged in operations near Wesel. Son of Benjamin Rees Davies and Elsie Ida Davies, of Staines, Middlesex.
 

DAVIES, Thomas Henry

Second Lieutenant
89660
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 7th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Thomas Davies died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force).
Son of John and Olwyn May Davies, of Swansea.
 
Sources
CWGC.

DREW, Norman

Lance Corporal
2697714
Commando Basic Training Centre
Scots Guards 4th Bn.
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal Norman Drew died by drowning at the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry. Son of John and Mary Ann Drew, of Paisley; husband of Helen Burns Drew, of Paisley.

DRYSDALE, Kenneth J.H.

Private
3191996
Commando Basic Training Centre
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Died on war service
Died in the UK

Private Kenneth Drysdale drowned at Mucomir, Gairlochy, whilst serving at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry. Son of Andrew Sproat Drysdale and Maggie Drysdale, of Wigtown; husband of Eileen Doris Drysdale, of Wigtown.

EMBELIN, Arthur Edward

Company Sergeant Major
1867223
SBS
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Company Sergeant Major Arthur Embelin, 2 Special Boat Section, was reported missing later presumed killed in action during operations at Oran Harbour, Algeria. He had previously served in 101 Troop, the Folbot section of No. 6 Commando, and was the first CSM of 2 Special Boat Section.

FLAVELL, Roy Russell

Gunner
873819
No 5 Independent Company
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner Roy Flavell died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Louis Henry Thomas and Elizabeth Flavell, of Southfields, London.

GODSELL, Ernest

Corporal
4193262
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 7th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Ernest Godsell died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Tom and Annie Godsell, of Welshpool, Montgomeryshire.

Sources
CWGC.
 

HARE, Owen Stewart

Second Lieutenant
129412
Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Second Lieutenant Owen Hare, 1st Special Service Bn., died result of a mountaineering accident on Ben Nevis during training at STC Lochailort.
Register of deaths records the Informant as Padre Basil Pitt, Army Chaplain. 

HAYDON, Alan Albert

Gunner
998913
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Artillery
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Alan Haydon died by accidental drowning at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry.
Son of Albert and Elizabeth Haydon; husband of Muriel Ruby Haydon, of Balham, London.
8 November 1941 posted from 34th Signal Training Regiment, RA, to Commando Depot.

HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo

Lt Henderson 2 Commando
Major
117132
No 2 Commando
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Henderson MC, 2 Special Service Brigade, died during operations in Italy [1].
 
On the 8th May 1940 he transferred from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry to the Royal Engineers retaining his seniority as 2/Lieutenant. [2]

HOCTEL, Lamont Durward

Private
35170079
Commando Basic Training Centre
US Rangers 1st Bn.
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Lamont Hoctel, 1st US Rangers, Company 'E',  drowned whilst training at Achnacarry. The date of his death is during the period that the US 1st Ranger Bn., led by Colonel W. Darby attended the Commando Basic Training Centre for their training.

HOWELLS, Ellis

Ellis Howells 1st SBS
Lance Corporal Ellis Howes
Lance Corporal
3910267
No 12 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
SBS
South Wales Borderers
Special Air Service Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ellis Howells was killed in action having left the Commandos and joined the 1st Special Boat Service, S.A.S. Regiment, Army Air Corps. He died during an attack on a railway bridge at Limpljani in the former Yugoslavia.

HOWIE, Alexander Lugton

Signalman
2588118
No 1 Independent Company
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Alexander Howie died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of the late John L. and Charlotte P. Howie; nephew of Miss A. Leyton, of Greenock.

HOWIE, Gavin Dalzell

Captain
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Gavin Howie, HQ 4 Special Service Brigade, died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Robert and Gertrude Susan Howie, of Upperton, Sussex.
 
Source
CWGC.
 

HUGHES, John

Marine
PLY/X 101328
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Hughes, HQ 4 Special Service Brigade, died during operations at Walcheren, Holland.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/132.

HUGHES, Stanley Raymond

Fusilier
4130995
SBS
Special Air Service and 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Stanley Hughes M.M., SBS, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached to 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio. Son of Edward Lloyd Hughes and Bertha Hughes; husband of Hilda May Hughes, of Stoneycroft, Lancashire.

HUGHES, William Nichol

Guardsman
2698261
Commando Basic Training Centre
Scots Guards
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Guardsman William Hughes was found dead at 3pm on 27 October 1942 in Loch Lochy at Bunarkaig, 25 yards West of the boathouse. He had been reported missing on 4 October 1942. His death is recorded as by drowning and he was seen after death by Capt. J.E.

JACKSON, Graham Montague

Second Lieutenant
90231
No 3 Independent Company
Essex Regiment, 2/5th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Graham Jackson died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). B.A. (Cantab.). Son of Ernest Montague and Florence Myra Jackson, of Mistley, Essex.
 
Source
CWGC
 

JOHNSON, Herbert

Lieutenant
14241825 and 302137
Commando Basic Training Centre
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Wiltshire Constabulary
Died on war service
Herbert Johnson was a Detective Sergeant in the Wiltshire Constabulary who volunteered in 1942 for the commandos. His first service number corresponds with those attending the 2nd Police Intake on 23 July 1942 at the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry.

KERLOGUE, Leslie Walter

Private
6014642
No 3 Independent Company
Essex Regiment, 2/5th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Leslie Kerlogue died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Bertie and Edith Kerlogue; husband of Muriel Joan Kerlogue, of Dovercourt, Essex.

LAVENDER, Ivor William

Company Quartermaster Sergeant
2202727
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers 4th Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds

Company Quartermaster Sergeant Ivor Lavender died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of William and Lillian Lavender; husband of Dorothy Florence Lavender, of Acrefair, Denbighshire.

LAYMAN, William Walter

Lieutenant
143207
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
South African Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant William Layman, South African Forces seconded to the Royal Marines, was killed in action during operations with 4 Special Service Brigade. He embarked for Walcheren on board Landing Craft Gun (Medium), LCG(M) 102, which was sunk during the approach.

LEES, Archibald

Private
14241677
Commando Basic Training Centre
General Service Corps
Lancashire Constabulary
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Archibald Lees drowned in Loch Lochy during training at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry. Son of Robert and Emily Lees; husband of Joan Lees, of Lancaster.

LEHNIGER, Richard

Served as : 
LEONARD
Private
13801849
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Pioneer Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
62 Commando (Small Scale Raiding Force). Operation Aquatint.
Son of Gustav and Gisela Lehniger; husband of Julie Lehniger, of Yeovil, Somerset. Born at Petschau, Bohemia.
 
Sources
CWGC.

LEWIS, Francis

Signalman
2574102
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds

Signalman Francis Lewis, 2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade Signals, was killed in action in Italy. The date of his death coincides with Operation Partridge. He has no known grave. Son of William and Mary Lewis, of Liverpool.

LYONS, Frank

Marine
CH/X112024
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Marines
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Marine Frank Lyons died of gunshot wounds and shock at The Military Hospital, Onich, near Fort William, believed to be located at the time in the grounds of Alltshellach House.

MANSON, Alexander Reid

Signalman
14359540
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Died in service
Signalman Alexander Manson, Special Service Brigade Signal Troop, died in the UK.

Son of William Laird Manson and Jessie Reid Manson; husband of Annie Walker Manson, of Wembley Park, Middlesex.

MARCH-PHILLIPPS, Gustavus Henry

Major
39184
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Commanding Officer 62 Commando (Small Scale Raiding Force).
Killed in action Operation Aquatint. Posthumous Mention in Despatches.

MARTIN, Robert George

Private Robert Martin 4 Independent Company
Private
2930946
No 4 Independent Company
2nd Bn Liverpool Scottish QOCH
Died on active service
Private Robert Martin was accidentally shot and killed returning from the British Expedition to Norway (Scissors Force). Buried at sea. Son of Robert and Margaret Martin, of Liverpool.

MASON, James

Motherwell Times 2July1943 re CQMS Mason
Company Quartermaster Sergeant
3244104
Special Service Brigade
Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. 52nd Regt.
Died on active service

Company Quartermaster Sergeant James Mason contracted a fatal illness whilst engaged in East Africa as a Physical Training Instructor for the indigenous troops there. 

MATSON, Alexander

Private
3313241
No 1 Independent Company
1st Bn Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Alexander Matson died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force).

MCCARTHY, Patrick

Private
5509745
Commando Basic Training Centre
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Patrick McCarthy, aged 18, died by drowning at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry. 
Son of Kathleen McCarthy, of Sholing, Southampton.

MCGILL, David

Lance Corporal
2757039
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal David McGill was wounded 22 May 1940 during operations at Bodo, Norway (Scissors Force). Received gunshot wounds to his left leg and abdomen. Dangerously ill, evacuated to the hospital ship HMHS Aba. Died of his wounds and buried at sea.

MCLEAN, George

Lance Corporal
2828784
Commando Basic Training Centre
Seaforth Highlanders
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Lance Corporal George McClean was accidentally killed in an explosion at the Commando Depot, Achnacarry. 
 

MILNE, Alexander

Sergeant
2878140
No 6 Commando
SBS
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Alexander Milne was reported missing 6 June 1943 after a raid to destroy a radar station on Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean Sea (Operation Buttercup), later confirmed killed in action, whilst serving in 'Z' Special Boat Section.

MOORES, William

Sapper
1881273
No 1 Independent Company
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sapper William Moores died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Edwin and Harriet Moores, of Manchester; husband of Agnes Moores, of Manchester.

MORGAN, Thomas

Private
4977740
Special Service Detachment 2
Sherwood Forresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas Morgan, Special Service Detachment 2*, was reported missing in Burma, later presumed killed in action aproximately 30 June 1942. He has no known grave. Son of Peter and Catherine Morgan, of Scholes, Wigan, Lancashire.
 
Sources

MUNRO, George

Sergeant
3323555
No 11 Commando
50ME Commando
SBS
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant George Munro, a veteran of the Litani River raid, died during operations with the S.B.S., on the island of Samos after leaving the Commando.
Postings
Sep   1940 - volunteered for 11 Cdo.

O'NEILL, Robert

Private
3315133
No 1 Independent Company
1st Bn Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert O'Neill died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Henry and Margaret O'Neill, of Glasgow; husband of Margaret O'Neill, of Glasgow.

OPOCZYNSKI, Abraham

Served as : 
ORR, Adam
Sergeant
6387010
13801810
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Pioneer Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Served under an alias. Special Operations Executive attached Small Scale Raiding Force for Operation Aquatint during which he was taken prisoner. 1945 reported missing whilst in captivity, later presumed killed in action.

PATERSON, Andrew Gray

Lance Corporal
2587316
Brigade Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
Died on war service
Lance Corporal Andrew Paterson, Brigade Signals 2 Section, died in a road traffic collision along with two others. Son of Angus and Margaret Paterson, of Springburn, Glasgow; husband of Florence Paterson, of Springburn, Glasgow. [1][2].

PETERS, Richard James McGregor

Lieutenant Richard Peters 2 SBS
Richard Peters 2 Special Boat Section
Lieutenant
226391
SBS
Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 7th(1st Bn Queen Victoria's Rifles)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Richard Peters, 2 Special Boat Section, died whilst leading a small reconnaissance operation to gather intelligence from villagers on the strength and disposition of Japanese forces on the other side of a bridge across the River Irrawaddy in the area of Pakkoku-Pagan. He was accompan

PIRIE, James

Captain
267968
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain James Pirie, Royal Engineers, was attached to 2 Special Service Brigade at the time of his death.
 
Notes
During this period the Brigade were involved in operations against the German garrison on the Island of Brac.

PORTER, Alexander

Marine
PLY/X 102832
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds

Marine Alexander Porter, HQ 4 Special Service Brigade, died during operations at Normandy, France. Son of Alexander and Agnes Porter, of Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire; husband of Ruby Porter, of Kirkintilloch.

PRITCHARD, William Henry

Captain William Pritchard RE
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
76488
Special Service Brigade
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain William Pritchard MC was reported missing 28 March 1942 after the St. Nazaire raid (Operation Chariot), later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 457.

RICHARDSON, Sydney

Lieutenant
302230
CMWTC
4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Sydney Richardson died during operations at Flushing whilst attached to HQ 4 Special Service (Commando) Brigade. Son of James Eric and Mary Richardson, of Tyldesley, Lancashire.

ROBERTS, Edward

Corporal
5884746
SBS
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Hampshire Regiment 5th Bn.
Special Air Service Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Edward Roberts, Special Boat Service, SAS Regiment, AAC, attached 2 Commando Brigade, died during operations at Lake Comacchio.
Son of Leslie D. and Annie H. Fraser, of Parkhead, Glasgow.

Sources
CWGC.
 

ROBERTS, Edward James

Fusilier
4178299
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers 4th Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Edward Roberts was killed in action during operations at Pothus, Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Robert and Mary Roberts, of Penycae, Denbighshire; husband of Sadie Roberts.

SCULLION, James

Fusilier
6983742
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 70th Bn.
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Fusilier James Scullion, aged 18, died by drowning at the Commando Depot (Commando Basic Training Centre), Achnacarry. Son of Henry and Margaret Jane Scullion, of Culnady.

SINCLAIR, Archibald Roy McGregor

Sergeant
3326187
No 11 Commando
SBS
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Archibald Sinclair was reported missing 6 June 1943 after a raid to destroy a radar station on Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean Sea (Operation Buttercup), later confirmed killed in action. He was attached to 'Z' Special Boat Section, 2nd SAS Regiment, A.A.C.

SMITH, Andrew Henry

Captain
67373
Training Centres
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Captain Andrew Smith, formerly a civil engineer, was accidentally killed by a gunshot wound at STC Lochailort. The informant was Major Hodges, STC Lochailort Medical Officer.
 
Sources
CWGC.

STOCKBRIDGE, William

Rifleman
14411910
Commando Basic Training Centre
Rifle Brigade
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Rifleman William Stockbridge died at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry.
Son of Frederick and Helen Stockbridge; ward of Dorothy M. Playden, of Ruislip.
Cause of death - shell wound (mortar) of head and chest while on service training.

STOCKWELL, John Neville

Marine
PO/X 3716
3 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Brigade Signals
44RM Commando
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Marine John Stockwell, 3 Commando Brigade Signal Troop, died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. Son of Richard and Bessie Stockwell; husband of Eileen Lilian Ann Stockwell, of Shirley, Southampton.

SWEENEY, Charles Henry

Private
328576
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Charles Sweeney drowned at Mucomir, Gairlochy, whilst at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry. Son of Thomas Henry and Ethel May Sweeney; husband of Bridget Sweeney, of Meir, Stoke-on-Trent.

TARRANT, George Francis

Private
14447495
Hampshire Regiment
Died in the UK

Private George Tarrant died in the UK.  His status at the Holding Operational Commando is not known. He is buried in a joint grave with Rfn. George William Tucker, aged 31, Royal Ulster Rifles.

[Source: CWGC Grave Registration report]

THOMAS, Lewis

Sapper
2068257
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Lewis Thomas was killed in action during operations at Bodo, Norway (Scissors Force). Son of David and Annie Thomas, of Maesteg, Glamorgan.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/13.

TRAYLOR, George Lewis

Fusilier
4192911
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers 6th Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier George Traylor died during operations in Norway (Scissors Force). Son of Lewis Jenkins and Lily Traylor, of Galon Uchaf, Merthyr, Glamorgan.
 
Sources
CWGC.
RWF Enlistment Register Books.

TURNER-HUGHES, Reginald Tudor

Captain
105521
Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Died on war service

Captain Reginald Turner-Hughes, No 3 Special Service (SS) Bn., from Lillington Manor, Leamington Spa*, died on war service. Precise details on how he met his death are not known to this archive.

WAKEFIELD, Edward Roger

Captain
138709
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
General List
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Edward Wakefield was killed whilst attached to 2 Special Service Brigade during an operation involving Nos. 40 and 43RM Commando and Partisan forces, against German forces on the island of Brac.
 
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in 1945. 

WELCH, Frederick Edward

Private
14604147
Commando Basic Training Centre
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Metropolitan Police Force
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Private Frederick Welch died at the Military Hospital, Onich, of multiple gunshot wounds. 
Son of Frederick John and Alice Jane Welch; husband of Phyllis Margaret Welch, of Mitcham.

WILLIAMS, Allen Michael

Sergeant
6098196
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Queen's Royal Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
62 Commando (Small Scale Raiding Force). Operation Aquatint.
Son of Frederick and Louisa Martha Williams, of Sedlescombe, Sussex.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WINTLE, John Henry

Lance Corporal
3964212
No 2 Independent Company
Welch Regiment, 4th Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Wintle was killed in action during operations at Pothus, Norway (Scissors Force). He has no known grave. Prior to enlisting John was a Butcher's Shop Assistant living at 67 Plantagenet Street, Cardiff. Son of Mrs. Daisy I. Wintle.


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