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ALMONDS, John Edward

No 8 Commando
Sergeant John Almonds, known as Gentleman Jim, served in No.8 Commando and embarked with them to the Middle East as part of Layforce. When his Commando unit was being disbanded he transferred to the newly raised  'L' Detachment SAS [1]
  • Awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during SAS operations at Nofilla Areodrome and Aghelia [2].

BARNES, George

George Barnes MM Special Boat Section
No 8 Commando
Sergeant George Barnes was attached to No.8 Commando from the Grenadier Guards. He was selected for the new Folbot Troop commanded by Captain Roger Courtney, which would later become No.1 Special Boat Section, embarking with them for the Middle East as part of Layforce [1].
  • 24 February 1942 awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East on 11 June 1941 [2][2a].
Special Boat Section M.E. HMS Medway Alexandria.

FRENCH, Richard Douglas

Richard French MM and bar 43 Commando
43RM Commando
Sergeant Richard French, 'A' Troop, was awarded the Military Medal for distinguished service in the field while operating with the Army [1].
It was announced on the 6th July 1945 that Sergeant King had been awarded a Bar to his Military Medal for outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty in operations during the campaign in Italy [2].

Citation for the MM

Patrol ambush on Hvar Island 12 July 44


Sergeant John Gilmour SBS
No 6 Commando
Sergeant John Gilmour enlisted into the 79th (Scottish Horse) Regiment RA in May 1940. Volunteering for special service, he joined the 5th Special Service Battalion in November 1940. In early 1941 he was posted to No 6 Commando (101 Troop), which was absorbed into the newly formed No 2 Special Boat Section (SBS) in April 1942.  He was awarded the Military Medal twice for his gallantry [1][2][3]

LEECH, John Ernest

John 'Jack' Leech MM and bar
No 3 Commando
Private John Leech was awarded the M.M. [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in Calabria, Italy, between 28 August and 5 September 1943, a period in which he was also suffering the effects of malaria [2].
Promoted Sergeant, John 'Jack' Leech was awarded a bar to his Military Medal during operations at Normandy in June 1944 [3].
Citation for the award of a Bar to his Military Medal 

PEACHEY, Frederick

Fred Peachey MM and bar
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Lance Sergeant Frederick Peachey from Warrington served with the Independent Companies and No 2 Commando. 
  • 27 December 1941 Pte. Peachey was one of the No.2 Commando detachment who took part in Operation Archery at Vaagso.
  • 28 March 1942 Pte. Peachey was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was wounded and evacuated back to the UK.

POMFORD, Douglas

No 11 Commando
Corporal Douglas Pomford joined the S.B.S. from No. 11 Commando. He was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [1].

TAIT, Duncan Robert

Duncan Robert Tait 11 Commando
No 11 Commando
Lance Corporal Bob Tait, No.11 Commando 8 Troop [image in gallery], attached to Layforce, was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished conduct during operations at Litani River, Syria, 9/10 June 1941 [2].

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