Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

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BAKER, Albert

No 1 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Albert Baker D.C.M., died during operations at Kangaw, Burma.
Recommendation
"Throughout the period 26th February to 4th March 1943 during which time his Troop were constantly engaged with the enemy, the above N.C.O. has at all times shown the highest powers of leadership, courage and devotion to duty.

BLACKWELL, Alun Trevor

No 2 Commando
S.O.E.
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Private Alun Blackwell enlisted with the South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers) in October 1939. In 1940 he volunteered for the Independent Companies and took part in the Scissors Force expedition to Norway. He was later selected for a Special Operations Executive operation in Tunisa in 1941.

BOOTH, John Hamilton

No 8 Commando
SBS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal John Booth was attached to No.8 Commando until joining the SBS [1][2]. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [3][4].
Recommendation

BRITTLEBANK, John

No 3 Commando
No 8 Commando
SBS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Bombardier John Brittlebank served in both No.3 and No.8 Commando [1] before joining 1 S.B.S. [2].  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field [3].
Recommendation

BULLOCK, Donald Charles

41RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sergeant Donald Bullock was reported missing presumed killed during operations at Salerno on the 13th September 1943 [1][2a]. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty on the 10th September 1943 [2][2a].
Recommendation
"Gulf of Salerno 9-10 Sep 43

BURDETT, Julian

45 Cdo. RM
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal Julian Burdett was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation

BYRNE, John Vincent

John Vincent Byrne DCM
No 11 Commando
SAS
No 6 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
3 May 1940 wounded at Dunkirk France serving as a Private with 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders, British Expeditionary Force [1].
Attached to and served with No.11 Commando 8 Troop (Layforce) until disbanded [5][7]. 
Joined 'L' Detachment Special Air Service 1941 attaining rank of Corporal [2][3][3a]

CALDER, Harry Watt

Cpl. Harry Calder DCM 40RM Commando
Harry Calder report in Dundee Courier 16th October 1953
40RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Private Harry Calder, RAMC attached to 40 RM Commando, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his outstanding gallantry during operations at Lake Comacchio. [1]

CARR, Francis Arthur

No 5 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Francis Carr was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was the senior NCO of a demolition party led by Lieut Burtinshaw on board HMS Campbeltown [2].

CHALLINTON, William Albert

LSgt Challinton 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant William Challinton, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was part of an assault party who disembarked from HMS Campbeltown, their role to destroy enemy coastal defence guns covering the dry dock area [2].
 
Sources

CONVERY, John James

40RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Sergeant John Convery, 'Q' Troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in operations leading to the capture of Termoli.
 
Citation
Termoli 3/10/43.

CROOK, Roy Joseph

52ME Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Sergeant Roy Joseph Crook * was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East [1].
Recommendation
Crete

CUNNINGHAM, James

No 3 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Driver James Cunningham was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1].  In May 1944 he was serving in the No. 3 Commando MT section (Motor Transport) [2].
 

DARTS, Frederick Joshua

Sgt. Frederick Darts DCM No 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Sergeant Frederick Darts was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field during operations in Sicily [1]
Taken prisoner during the Sicily operations he was later transported to Stalag XVIIIA at Wolfsberg (Kärnten) [2]. Post war member of the Commando Association [3].

DOCKERILL, Arthur Henry

No 1 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Arthur Dockerill was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry during the raid at St Nazaire. Part of a demolition team on board HMS Campbeltown led by Lieutenant Chant [2], he was later imprisoned in Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf , Poland [3].
 
Sources

ENGLAND, James Paterson

47RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major James England was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren [2].
  • 1945 Mentioned in Despatches for outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy [3].
Sources

HARMER, Reginald

Reg Harmer 11 Commando
No 11 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal Reginald Harmer served in No. 11 Commando until it was disbanded. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the 12th July 1943 with the 2nd Wiltshire Regiment during operations near Solarino, Sicily [2].
 
Sources

HEATH, George

51ME Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Sergeant George Heath, 3 Troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations on the night of 4/5 March 1941 at Beyt (or Beit) Gabru, Eritrea.
 
Sources
London Gazette 35221, page 4110.
National Archives file WO373/28/131.

HOGGETT, William

No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Corporal William Hoggett was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 15 March 1945 in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Field.
 
Sources
London Gazette 36983, page 1427.
Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards.
 

HOPKINS, Leslie William

No 9 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Lance Sergeant Leslie Hopkins was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations on the night of 15/16 April 1945 near Fossa Marina at Lake Comacchio, Italy. He was wounded during the action which resulted in his award.

HOWE, Gilbert Rex

40 Cdo. RM
42 Cdo. RM
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Acting Corporal Gilbert Howe was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry on 21/22 February 1951 whilst attached to 40 Commando RM during operations at Kampong, Upper Perak, Malaya. He had been recommended for the M.M. but was awarded the D.C.M. [1].
 
Citation

HUBBARD, Sydney

CSM Sydney Hubbard 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Company Sergeant Major Sydney Hubbard was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for his gallantry on numerous occasions whilst serving with No 3 Commando in France, Holland, and Germany. He had been a member of the Commando for 3 years [2].
 
His death was announced in Commando Association Newsletter 104 of March 1997.

JACKSON, Joseph (LSgt)

No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Joseph  Jackson DCM died during the 6 week period in February/March when No 2 Commando were placed "in the line" in Italy under 5 Corps. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in the field."
 
Sources
CWGC

KIRKHOPE, William Adamson Forbes

Brigade Signals
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Signalman William Kirkhope, 2 Special Service Bde. Signals, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on the 13th September 1943 at Salerno when he volunteered to repair a vital line of communications that had been cut on the Vietri to Salerno road, an area that was under heavy enemy mortar and M.G.

MANT, Douglas Edward

40 Cdo. RM
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal Douglas Mant was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallant and distinguished services on the 6th November 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the Anglo-French Invasion of Port Said, Egypt.  
 
Sources
London Gazette 41092, page 3418.
National Archives file WO 373/124/53.
 

MCVEIGH, Patrick

Patrick McVeigh DCM 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Patrick McVeigh, 'F' Troop,  was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe.
 

MORGAN, Dewi Meurig

40 Cdo. RM
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Troop Sergeant Major Dewi Morgan was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1], for his gallantry whilst leading a patrol at Perak, Malaya on the 5th October 1951 [2].
 
Extract from London Gazettes

MORLAND, Peter Douglas

CSM Pete Morland 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Company Sergeant Major Peter Morland was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry at Spilje Bay, Albania, on 28th/29th July 1944 during Operation Healing 11.  The citation for his award is in our report above on

MURRAY, William

41RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Corporal William Murray was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for outstanding gallantry in Sicily while serving in a Marine Commando, in leading an assault with fixed bayonets against an enemy machine gun post and in carrying the attack through with success in spite of a serious wound in the left eye.

NIGHTINGALE, Frank Lewis

41RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Corporal Frank Nightingale was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry, leadership and undaunted devotion to duty during the assault on the Island of Walcheren.

Sources
London Gazette 36947, page 997.
National Archives file WO 373/47/43.
 

O'BRIEN, Richard

No 2 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Richard O'Brien, 2 troop, was one of the Commandos who returned from Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447.
 

PIPE, Gary James

Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Gary Pipe was twice mentioned in despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland. 
  • Distinguished service between 1st August 1980 and 31 October 1980 [1].
  • Distinguished service between 1st November 1982 and 31st January 1983 [2].

POWELL, Terence

Royal Marines
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Sergeant Terence Powell was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Gulf in 1991 (to be dated 29 June 1991).
 
Sources
London Gazette 58092, page 12274.
 

RANDALL, Donald Charles

LSgt Don Randall 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Donald Randall, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].  Wounded and taken prisoner after the raid he was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [2][3].
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [4].

REACE, George Arthur

No 9 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches

Warrant Officer Class 2  George Reace was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1], and was also Mentioned in Despatches [2], both in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

The death of George Reace DCM of Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A. was announced in Commando Association newsletter 112 issued March 2001.

SEARLE, Clifford Frederick

LSgt Clifford Searle DCM 9 Commando
No 9 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Queen's Police Medal
Lance Sergeant Clifford Searle, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his leadership and gallantry during Operation Roast at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1][2].
Recommendation
Operation 'Roast'-Lake Comacchio 'Spit'-2nd April 1945.

SEEKINGS, Albert Reginald

Albert Reginald Seekings 7 Commando and SAS
No 7 Commando
SAS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Albert Reginald Seekings served in No.7 Commando. Due to illness he did not take part in the Crete landings after which he joined 'L' Detachment SAS [1][2].
 
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lance Sergeant, 'L' Detachment SAS, Middle East.
Recommendation

SHAW, Ashley George

No 9 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Driver Ashley Shaw was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period November 1941 to April 1942  whilst serving as an ambulance driver with 5 Light Field Ambulance. [1].
 

SINCUP, Arnold William

Arnold Sincup MM 1 Commando
No 1 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Arnold Sincup was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma. He is mentioned in this report about the battle at Kangaw. [view].
 
Sources
London Gazette 37040, page 2079.

SWINBURN, Arthur

Arthur Swinburn DCM
50ME Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Arthur Swinburn enlisted into the Leicestershire Regiment on 24th November 1928 for 9 years, and then a further 3 years in Reserve, before volunteering for the Commandos in 1940 [1].

TERRY, Jack

Sgt Jack Terry DCM 11 Commando
No 11 Commando
SAS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Sergeant Jack Terry was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the Rommel raid in the Middle East. It was during this raid that his commanding officer Lt. Col. Geoffrey Keyes was killed. Sgt. Terry made good his escape and later joined the Special Air Service.

TEVENDALE, Lewis Legertwood Legg

No 11 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Warrant Officer Class 1 R.S.M. Lewis Tevendale was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] in recognition of his initiative and daring during the battle of Litani River on the 9-10 June 1941 when he assumed command of a detachment after all of its officers had been killed [2].
 

THOMSON, John

No 9 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Lance Sergeant John Thomson was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

WADGE, Eric James

No 3 Commando
George Medal (GM)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal Eric Wadge was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe whilst a Medical Orderly in No 3 Commando. 
 
Post war whilst serving in the Malaya Police he was awarded the George Medal [2] for his gallantry during the Malayan crisis.
 

WELSH, Albert James

42RM Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Company Sergeant Major Albert Welsh, 'X' troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery and undaunted devotion to duty during operations in Burma. 
 

WESTWATER, Alexander

No 7 Commando
SAS
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Died on war service
Sergeant Alexander Westwater DCM, formerly 7 Commando and SAS,  was killed in Italy after an explosion in what is described as a battle accident whilst serving with the Royal Artillery (AFHQ).
[Source: Royal Artillery Deaths 1939-1946, Form RH, stamped RA Record Office Field Branch]
 

WHITE, Ernest George

LSgt Ernest White DCM
No 3 Commando
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Corporal Ernest White was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for "gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy." [1].
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