STOCKDALE, William Richard

Troop Sergeant Major
Unit / Base: 
4 Commando
Rifle Brigade (Prince Consorts Own)
Troop Sergeant Major William Stockdale was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe. [1]
Sgt. Maj. Stockdale took command of the troop after all his Officers had been killed or become casualties.  Sgt. Stockdale, while leading a bayonet charge, had part of his foot blown away by an enemy stick bomb. Although in very great pain, Sgt Stockdale continued to engage the enemy. He set a splendid example and was an inspiration to his men. [2]
The death of TSM William Stockdale DCM, from Herne Bay Kent, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 82 issued March 1986.
[1] London Gazette 35729, page 4328.
[2] National Archives file WO373/93/831.

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