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ASPDEN, Jack

Jack Aspden 9 Commando
Lance Bombardier (later Major)
318595 and 370978
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Loyal Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden, aged 21 and from Preston, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war [1][2][2a][5].

BELL, William White

Acting Lance Corporal
6461342
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Lance Corporal William Bell, 6 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked on ML 192.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.

BISHOP, Ronald Caldwell

Private
5627758
No 1 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Ronald Caldwell Bishop from Forest Hill, London, enlisted in June 1940. After volunteering for special service he was attached to No.1 Commando. Private Bishop was wounded 28 March 1942 and reported missing after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed a prisoner of war.

BRADLEY, Richard

LSgt Richard Bradley MM 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
5344190
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Richard Bradley, 1 troop,  was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being wounded and captured during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.

BRETT, Gerrard

Lieutenant (later Captain)
126498
No 12 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Brett was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire 27/28 March 1942. Wounded on board HMS Campbeltown and later prisoner of war [1][1a][2][2a][4a].

BRIGHT, Gerald Kitchener

Lance Sergeant
4974182
No 5 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Lance Sergeant Gerald Bright was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked on board HMS Campbeltown. 14 April 1945 escaped from line of march away from camp near Kreutzer.

BROWN, James

Private
2988948
No 5 Commando
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private James Brown was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape in October 1943 after being captured during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. 

BROWN, Louis Walter

Louis Walter (Ben) Brown 2 Commando
Sergeant
2929147
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Sergeant Louis Walter 'Ben' Brown, aged 24 and from Liverpool, served in 5 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942.

BROWN, Robert Frederick

Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
3856668
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Robert Brown received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service after his capture on 29 March 1942 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire.

BUSHE, Patrick

Paddy Bushe 2 Commando
Rifleman
7014446
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Patrick Bushe from Co. Tipperary, enlisted 12 November 1938, formerly employed as a Labourer. Rifleman Bushe, 6 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. Embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 177.

CARR, Francis Arthur

Sergeant
1867740
No 5 Commando
Royal Engineers
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Francis Carr was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.

CARROLL, John Joseph

Fusilier
6469540
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Fusilier John Carroll, 3 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked on ML 177.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939045 / National Archives file WO417/43.

CHANT, Stuart Whitemore

Stuart Chant 5 Commando
Lieutenant (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
105159
No 5 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Private (Cadet) Chant, Artists Rifles TA, granted an emergency commission 22 October 1939 rank Second Lieutenant having attended 163rd O.C.T.U. [1]. 
  • October 1940 volunteered for the Army Commandos; attached to No.5 Commando [2].

CHEETHAM, John Frederick

Jack Cheetham 2 Commando
Corporal
2930999
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Corporal John 'Jack' Cheetham, 5 Troop, was reported wounded and a prisoner of war on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Post war resided Halewood, Merseyside.
 
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CHURCHER, George

George Churcher 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
6897997
No 3 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Lance Sergeant George Churcher, 5 Troop, was reported missing on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and a prisoner of war.

COCKIN, Robert

Lance Corporal Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
3654681
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Lance Corporal Robert Cockin, 4 Troop, aged 22 and from Stockton, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank.

CUDBY, John

John Cudby 2 Commando
Fusilier
6468006
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers

Fusilier John Cudby, 6 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked on ML177 for the raid. Post war member of the Commando Association from Workington.

DAVIS, Stanley Berkeley Edward

LSgt Stanley Davis 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
6459239
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Lance Sergeant Stanley 'Dai' Davis, 3 Troop, was reported missing on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid. Post war member of the Commando Association from Surrey.

DEERY, Stewart

Sergeant
6977293
No 12 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Stewart Deery, No.12 Commando, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid and was taken prisoner of war afterwards [1][a][1b][2][2a]. 

DOCKERILL, Arthur Henry

Lance Sergeant
940903
No 1 Commando
Royal Artillery
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant Arthur Dockerill was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry during the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was part of a Lt. Chant's demolition team that embarked on board HMS Campbeltown.

ECKMAN, William John

William Eckman 2 Commando
Private
3772667
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)

Private William Eckman, from Everton Liverpool, served in 4 Troop and was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing he was later found to be a prisoner of war.

ETCHES, William Whitson

Col Bill Etches OBE MC
Lieutenant (later Colonel)
112866
No 3 Commando
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant William Etches, a veteran of the Lofoten and Vaagso raids in Norway 1941 (he received a Mention in Despatches during the latter) [1],

FAHY, James or John

Private
3771871
No 2 Commando
King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Private Fahy, 4 troop, embarked on ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
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FERGUSON, William John

Corporal
7903097
No 12 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps

Corporal William Ferguson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war. He had embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for the raid.

FIELD, William Frederick

Lance Corporal
5337375
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
William Frederick Field, a Lithographic Printer from Homerton, London, enlisted 17 April 1939. Lance Corporal Field, No.2 Commando 1 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed a prisoner of war [1][2][3][3a].

FYFE, Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander Fyfe
Charles Fyfe 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
2591013
No 2 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Lance Corporal Charles Fyfe, a Signaller in No.2 Commando HQ, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Charles, married and from Glasgow, was an electrical engineer in civil life.

GALLAGHER, John

Acting Lance Sergeant
3768318
No 2 Commando
King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Acting Lance Sergeant John Gallagher, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 306 for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner of war.
 
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GOODE, Frank Cecil

Frank Goode 2 Commando
Rifleman
7016236
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Frank Cecil Goode from Old Coulsdon, Surrey, enlisted 17 January 1940, formerly employed as a Circulation Represntative (Newspapers). Rifleman Goode, 3 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war.

GRIEF, George Valentine

George Grief 2 Commando
George Grief April 1982
Lance Corporal
5949085
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Lance Corporal George Grief, 1 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked on ML177 for the raid. Post war member of the Commando Association from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
 

HAINES, George Ernest

George Haines DCM 2 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
6141513 & 365081
No 2 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Troop Sergeant Major George Haines, 5 troop, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during the raid at St Nazaire [1].
Recommendation

HANNAN, Thomas Gerard

Thomas Hannon
Thomas Hannon 2 Commando
Private
3654970
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
Thomas Gerard Hannan, known as 'Gerry', was a Labourer from Warrington who enlisted into the South Lancashire Regiment on 1 December 1939 later volunteering for the Commandos. Private Hannan, No.2 Commando HQ Troop, was reported missing on the 28th March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St.

HEWETT, Herbert Edward

Ted Hewtt 2 Commando
Herbert Edward 'Ted' Hewett
Troop Sergeant Major
6013031
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Troop Sergeant Major Herbert Edward 'Ted' Hewett, 2 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war [1][2][3].

HOMER, Levi

Leo Homer 2 Commando
Leo Homer 2Cdo
Lance Corporal
2930668
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Corporal Levi Homer, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942.

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
Private
2930015
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private Peter Honey, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.

HOOPER, Walter Francis

Corporal W Hooper 2 Commando
Corporal
2023893
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment

Corporal Walter Hooper, 1 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He was one of the commando contingent who had embarked on Motor Launch ML457.

HOWARD, Roland Arthur

Lance Corporal
4852382
No 5 Commando
South Staffordshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Roland Howard was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown. In 1939 he was single, employed as an Engineer, and residing in Aldridge, Staffordshire.

HUGHES, William Armsted

Bill Hughes 2 Commando
Private
2929408
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private William Hughes, 5 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML177.
 
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JOHNSON, James

Lance Sergeant
2879375
No 12 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant James Johnson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot 28 March 1942. Wounded and prisoner of war. 
Recommendation

JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando
Sergeant
2931662
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Colin Jones from Fazakerley, Liverpool, enlisted 3 May 1939, formerly employed as a Clerk. Sergeant Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire.
Recommendation

JONES, William George

Private
3781556
No 2 Commando
King's Regiment (Liverpool)

Private William Jones, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. The ML was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  on board were killed.

MATTISON, William

Fusilier
6459012
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
William Mattison from Torquay enlisted into the Territorial Army on 2 September 1939 having been previously employed in the Fur Trade. Volunteered for Special Service and attached to No.2 Commando.

MCCORMACK, Thomas

Thomas McCormack
Tom McCormack 2 Commando
Private
2930404
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas McCormack, 5 troop No 2 Commando, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed as having died on 11 April 1942 of wounds received during the raid.

MOLLOY, Joseph

Corporal
7019264
No 12 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Corporal Joseph Molloy was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.
 
Sources

MORGAN, Richard Fuller

Lieutenant Richard Morgan 2 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major)
105100
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment and Royal Ulster Rifles
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Richard Morgan, 2 Troop, was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire.

NICHOLS, Alexander Hause

Acting Lance Corporal
317555
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal Alexander Nichols was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. Embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 262.
  • 28 July 1933 attested into the Royal Tank Corps.

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.

PARKES, Frederick

Lance Corporal
3652898
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Lance Corporal Frederick Parkes, 4 Troop, was reported missing after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942, later found to be a prisoner of war. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268. Post war member of the Commando Association from Clitheroe, Lancashire.
 

PENFOLD, Frederick Arthur

Frederick Penfold 2 Commando
Fusilier
6460208
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Fusilier Frederick Penfold, 6 troop, was reported missing after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire 28 March 1942, later found to be a prisoner of war. He was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 192.
 
Sources

POWELL, Leslie

Private
7375204
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Private Leslie Powell, R.A.M.C. attached to No.2 Commando HQ, was wounded and taken prisoner after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.
 
Sources

PURDON, Corran William Brooke

Corran Purdon 12 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major General)
112917
No 12 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Colonial Police Medal
Lieutenant Corran Purdon volunteered for the Commandos whilst serving as a young officer with the Royal Ulster Rifles, and was attached to No.12 Commando. He took part in raids on Norway and St Nazaire.

RANDALL, Donald Charles

LSgt Don Randall 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
2929382
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
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][4][5]

REEVES, Walter

Bombardier
883888
No 12 Commando
Royal Artillery
Walter Reeves, an Aircraft Engineer from Maidenhead, Berkshire, was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 and later attached to No.12 Commando after volunteering for the Commandos. Embarked HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.

RODD, Stanley William

Stanley Rodd 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
6465544
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Stanley Rodd from London N1, enlisted 19 October 1939, formerly employed as a Salesman. Lance Sergeant Rodd, 6 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed as wounded and a prisoner of war. Embarked for the raid on ML 192.
 

SHIPTON, Herbert John

Bert Shipton 9 Commando
Lance Corporal
2041795
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers

Lance Corporal Bert Shipton from Peckham, London, embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid later found to be a prisoner of war. Enlisted April 1937. Civilian employment - Salesman.

SIMPSON, Harold Leonard

Lance Corporal
2879581
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal Harold Simpson, 3 Troop, from Minehead, Somerset, 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.  Embarked on HMS Campbeltown. Wounded and prisoner of war.

SUMNER, Frank

Frank Sumner 2 Commando
Frank Sumner post war
Lance Corporal
2930811
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
20.04.1939 enlisted 2nd Bn., Liverpool Scottish T.A., civil occupation Stock Clerk.
---.04.1940 volunteered for special service joining No.4 Independent Company. 
---.02.1941 joined No.2 Commando 5 Troop on formation.

TAYLOR, Harry, G.

H.G. Taylor 2 Commando
Corporal
6912288
No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Corporal Harry Taylor, 2 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed as wounded and a prisoner of war. He had embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 262.
 
Sources

WINTER, Thomas William

Thomas William Winter MM
Acting Company Sergeant Major
108938
Small Scale Raiding Force (62 Commando)
Royal Army Service Corps
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major Thomas William Winter was reported missing 12 September 1942 later confirmed as a prisoner of war.

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