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'St. Nazaire - Operation Chariot'

Saturday, March 28, 1942

Location

St Nazaire, France
France
47° 16' 29.712" N, 2° 11' 57.264" W
MGB 314

 

St Nazaire, France

A Combined Operations raid on the dry dock at St Nazaire led by No.2 Commando who were supported by small detachments from Nos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 12 Commandos. Embarked on board HMS Campbeltown which, packed with hidden explosives, rammed the dock gates, and a fleet of 18 smaller vessels, the Commandos stormed ashore and succeeded in demolishing much of the infrastructure of the dock operating mechanism. The explosives on HMS Campbetown later detonated causing severe damage to the dock and its gates.

AIRD, Michael Derrick

Michael Aird  2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Michael Aird, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
Michael was a grocer in 1939 before enlisting and resided 36 Gilroy Road, Fairfield, Liverpool. Son of George and May Aird.
 
Sources
CWGC.

ALDRED, Jack

Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal Jack Aldred, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent emabarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1].
Service [2]
1 December 1940 attached from the R.E. to 1 Special Service Bn.

AMOS, Richard Henry

Richard Henry Amos 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Richard Amos (1 Troop) was one of the Commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire.
Evacuated back to the UK he remained with No.2 Commando and by the end of the war held the rank of Sergeant. Wounded 1944.

ANDERTON, Harold

Guardsman
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards

Guardsman Harold Anderton, 1 Troop, was wounded 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, and evacuated back to the UK. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 446. Post war member of the Commando Association.

ASHCROFT, Arthur

Known as: 
The Hawk
Arthur Ashcroft
Arthur Ashcroft 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Arthur Ashcroft, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot , the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner war after the raid, he was later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • 25 April 1940 posted to 'X' Company 1st Liverpool Scottish.

ASPDEN, Jack

Lance Bombardier (later Major)
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery & Loyal Regiment
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Bombardier Jack Aspden was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war [1][2][2a].
He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the eleven Commandos, and all bar five of the RN crew,on board were killed [1][1a].

AUKETT, Norman John

Known as: 
Jim
Norman Aukett 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Norman Aukett, a former lorry driver from North Kensington, served in 2 Troop. Post war Norman and his wife Sheila resided in South Australia. Norman was an active member of the Commando Association returning for several reunions. He was also an early member of the St Nazaire Society. Sheila died in 1995 [1][2][5].
 

BARLING, Gilbert Michael

Known as: 
Mike
Captain Barling RAMC and 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Captain Gilbert Michael Barling M.B., R.A.M.C. was attached to No.2 Commando HQ on 2 August 1941.  In March 1942 he embarked on board motor launch ML 341 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire but en route transferred to ML 446. After the raid he was evacuated back to the UK treating some of the wounded.
 
Sources

BARRON, Robert James

Known as: 
Robbie
Robert Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Robbie Barron 2 Commando and SOE
Sergeant (later Major)
No 2 Commando
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Robert Barron, 1 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who participated in the St. Nazaire raid on ML 446. Evacuated back to the UK [1]
 
General Service [3].
  • May 1935 T.A. 1st Bn. London Scottish.
  • Sept. 1939 embodied 1st Bn. London Scottish.

BASSETT-WILSON, Paul Francis

Paul Bassett-Wilson MC
Captain
No 9 Commando
No 12 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Paul Bassett-Wilson MC died during operations with No.9 Commando at Lake Comacchio, Italy [1].
A former pupil of Stowe School and student at Trinity College [2], he had earlier served as a Lieutenant in No.12 Commando. 

BEARDSELL, John Clifford

John Clifford Beardsell
Rifleman (later Sergeant)
No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Mentioned in Despatches
Rifleman John Beardsell, 3 Troop, embarked on board HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. During the raid he was wounded by enemy fire whilst still on board. He was transferred to a motor launch and evacuated back to the UK [1][2][3].
Service record [4].

BELL, William White

Known as: 
Dingle
Acting Lance Corporal
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.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

BELLRINGER, Roy

Known as: 
Tingaling and Ding Dong
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Lance Sergeant Roy Bellringer served with 1 troop and took part in the raid at St Nazaire.  He was on board ML 446 and was evacuated back to the UK. In July 1942 he was part of the No 2 Commando Boxing Team. We have numerous photos in the gallery of him both before and after St Nazaire, and in an image of the boxing team.
 

BEVERIDGE, Robert

Sergeant
No 5 Commando
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Robert Beveridge, from Leeds, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He was one of the commando contingent who had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown.
Son of Samuel and Evelyn Beveridge, of Leeds, Yorkshire; husband of Phyllis Beveridge, of Leeds.
 

BIRNEY, David Leslie

Captain
No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire which took place on 28 March 1942*.
He was commanding an assault group that had embarked on Motor Launch ML 447. 

BISHOP, Ivor, W.

Ivor Bishop 2 Commando
RSM Ivor Bishop 2 Commando
Regimental Sergeant Major
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Ivor Bishop, 1 Troop,  was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK he became Troop Sergeant Major of 6 Troop, and later Regimental Sergeant Major of No.2 Commando*.
 
Sources

BISHOP, Ronald, C.

Private
No 1 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Private Ronald Bishop 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 306.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

BLOUNT, Arthur Harvey

Corporal
No 12 Commando
South Wales Borderers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Arthur Blount was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action.
Arthur was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown, and was the son of Charles George Blount, and of Annie Blount, of Morden, Surrey.
 
Sources
CWGC.

BLYTHE, William

Known as: 
Bill
Bill Blythe 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Lance Corporal William Blythe, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

BONVIN, John Alexander

Birthname: 
BONVIN, Jean Alexandre
Lieutenant
No 6 Commando
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Bonvin was killed in action 26 February 1943 in the opening hours of the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia. 
  • On 28 March 1942 he was a section officer of a demolitions team on board motor launch ML 443 during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. Evacuated back to the UK as his ML was unable to land the Commandos on board.

BORGMAN, Robert Bernard John

Lance Corporal
No 4 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Robert Borgman was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
In 1939 he was residing at 93 Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield with Carl and Ethel Borgman, believed to be his parents, and was a member of the Special Constabulary.

BOYCE, John Douglas

Private
No 3 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Boyce was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on ML 262.
Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Boyce, of Tonypandy, Glamorgan.
 
Sources
CWGC.

BRADLEY, Edgar William

Known as: 
Bill
Captain Edgar Bradley 3 Commando
Captain (later Major)
No 3 Commando
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Temporary Captain Edgar William 'Bill' Bradley received a Mention in Despatches during operations at Vaagso in December 1941 [1].
  • 28 March 1942 particpated in Operation Chariot embarking for the raid on motor launch ML307. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid [2][3].

BRADLEY, Richard

Known as: 
Dick
LSgt Richard Bradley MM 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
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)
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].
Recommendation

BRIGHT, Gerald Kitchener

Known as: 
Tankie
Lance Sergeant
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. Post war member of the Commando Association from Sheffield.

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.

BROWN, James

Known as: 
Jim
Private
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

Known as: 
Ben
Louis Walter (Ben) Brown 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Sergeant Louis '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. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown, he was wounded during the raid and reported missing, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

BROWN, Robert Frederick

Known as: 
Nosher
Lance Corporal (Acting Corporal)
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. One of the commando contingent who landed from ML 262 he was reported missing, later found to be a prisoner of war. 
Recommendation

BRUCE, James

Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Sergeant James Bruce, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on board motor launch ML446 he was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
St Nazaire Society website.

BRYAN, Edward Joseph

Known as: 
Ted
Bryan 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Edward Bryan, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He has no known grave.
Son of Adam and Mary Bryan; husband of D. M. Bryan.

BURGESS, Leslie

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Leslie Burgess was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
Son of Sydney Burgess, and of Lilian Burgess, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Service

BURN, Michael Clive

Known as: 
Micky
Capt. Burn MC 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Michael Burn, 6 troop, was awarded the Military Cross  for gallant and distinguished service during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was in charge of the commando contingent on board motor launch ML 192. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Recommendation

BURNS, Ronald Edward David

Rifleman
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (11th Bn)
(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Ronald Burns, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on ML 268.
Son of Edward and Alice Janet Burns, of Brockley, London.
 

BURTINSHAW, Robert James Glover

Lieutenant
No 5 Commando
Cheshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Robert Burtinshaw was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action.
Son of Sydney James Glover Burtinshaw and Lilian Beatrice Burtinshaw, of Bramhall, Cheshire. Lawyer.
He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service.
Recommendation

BUSHE, Patrick

Known as: 
Paddy
Paddy Bushe 2 Commando
Rifleman
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Rifleman Patrick Bushe, 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 ML 177.

Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/42.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

BUTLER, Eric Henry Dunn

Eric Butler 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant)
No 3 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Worcestershire Regiment
Royal Air Force Regiment
Lance Sergeant Eric Butler, No.3 Commando, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarking on ML307, he was wounded and evacuated back to the UK [1][5].
  • 11 September 1943 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment [2].

BUTLER, Ronald Herbert

Ronald Butler 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Ronald Butler was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of the Commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown and was a prisoner of war after the raid.
Recommendation

CALLAWAY, Thomas, Frederick

Known as: 
Cab
Thomas Callaway12 Commando
Corporal
No 12 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Corporal Thomas Callaway was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He was reported missing but later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

CARR, Francis Arthur

Sergeant
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. He was the senior NCO of a demolition party led by Lieut Burtinshaw on board HMS Campbeltown [1][2]. He was reported missing later found to be a prisoner of war [3][3a][3b].

CARROLL, John Joseph

Fusilier
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.
Prisoners of War  / National Archives file WO392/1 and WO392/11.

CHALLINTON, William A.

LSgt Challinton 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Lance Sergeant William Challinton, 5 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after the raid at St Nazaire, France, later found to be a prisoner of war. One of an assault party who disembarked from HMS Campbeltown, their role to destroy enemy coastal defence guns covering the dry dock area, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry.
 

CHANT, Douglas

Private Douglas Chant 2 Commando
Douglas Chant 2 Cdo Boxing team
Private
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Douglas Chant, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operations Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][1a].
  • July 1942 member of the No.2 Commando Boxing Team [2].

CHANT, Stuart Whitemore

Known as: 
Surname later CHANT-SEMPILL
Stuart Chant 5 Commando
Lieutenant (later Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
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].

CHAPPELL, Ernest Lionel Desmond

Known as: 
Des
Des Chappell 1 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers

Lance Sergeant Ernest Chappell, known as Des, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany.

CHEETHAM, John Frederick

Known as: 
Jack
Jack Cheetham 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Corporal 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.
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.

CHETWYND, Samuel Ernest

Corporal
No 12 Commando
Sherwood Forresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Samuel Chetwynd was reported missing 28 March 1942 after operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 457 as part of Captain Pritchard's Demolition Control Party and has no known grave.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Chetwynd; husband of Elizabeth Chetwynd, of Shildon, Co. Durham.
 

CHUNG, Ronald Robert Fong

Known as: 
Ron
Ron Chung 12 Commando
Corporal
No 12 Commando
Royal Engineers
Corporal Ron Chung was reported wounded and a prisoner of war on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid.
Post war Ron was a regular attendee at Commando Association events. His son Martin also completed Commando training and received his own green beret on 30 May 1980.
 

CHURCHER, George

George Churcher 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant
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.

CLIBBORN, William Cuthbert

Known as: 
Bill
Lieutenant William Clibborn 2 Commando
Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Lieutenant William Clibborn, 2 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and become a prisoner of war. He embarked on ML 447 for the raid.
 
Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
Sergeant (Temporary Troop Sergeant Major)
No 3 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Troop Sergeant Major Vernon Coaker, 3 troop, died during operations at Le Plein, Normandy, France [1][2][3][4]
Extract from No.3 Commando War Diary Appendix 'A' No.2
Part of a report by Capt. K.D. Ponsford OC 3 Troop.

COBELLI, Dominic

Dominic Cobelli 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Dominic Cobelli, 1 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on board motor launch ML446 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 105 issued September 1997.
CVA Gallery.

COCKIN, Robert

Lance Corporal Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
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.

COPLAND, William Oranmore

Major
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Major William Copland was second in command of No 2 Commando. He had previously served with No 4 Independent Company. Major Copland was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. Subsequently awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished service. 
Recommendation

COUGHLAN, John

John Coughlan 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Coughlan, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He has no known grave.
John embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank with the loss of eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar five of the RN crew.
 
Sources
CWGC.

COULSON, Garnett

Sapper
No 4 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Garnett Coulson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on ML 268 and has no known grave. Son of Garnett and Faith Coulson, of Romford, Essex.
Service
09.10.1939 enlisted Royal Engineers at Romford.

COX, Hugh Wilfred

Private Hugh Cox 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Private Hugh Cox, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 

CRIPPIN, Ronald

RQMS Ron Crippin 2 Commando
Warrant Officer 2
No 2 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Army Service Corps
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Ron Crippin, then a Corporal in the HQ troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on motor launch ML 447 and was evacuated back to the UK.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal ( Military Division) "in recognition of distinguished services during the raid". (1)

CUDBY, John

John Cudby 2 Commando
Fusilier
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.

CUNNINGHAM, Henry Peter

Henry Cunningham 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Henry Cunningham, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on ML 267 and has no known grave. Son of John and Margaret Cunningham, of Old Swan, Liverpool.

DAVIS, Stanley Berkeley Edward

Known as: 
Dai
LSgt Stanley Davis 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
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.

Sources
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

DAWSON, John William

John Dawson 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Lance Corporal John Dawson took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on motor launch ML156 he was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 29 July 1944 (Lance Sergeant) (No.2 Commando)  wounded during Operation Healing 2 at Spilje Albania.
Sources
St Nazaire Society.

DAY, Stanley Ambrose

Capt Stanley Day MC 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Royal Corps of Signals
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Stanley Day, adjutant of No 2 Commando, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid on St. Nazaire. He was one of Lt. Col. Newman's HQ party on board MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. He was held at Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg, Germany.
 

DAY, William, C.

Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal William Day took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. Embarking on motor launch ML262 he was taken prisoner after the raid and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
British Army Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.

DE JONGHE, Arthur Jules Charles Baudoin

Arthur de Jonghe 10 Commando
Arthur de Jonghe
Captain (later Major)
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
No 10 Commando
General List
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Bronze Star Medal (USA)
Temporary Captain Vicomte Arthur de Jonghe, a French speaking Belgian national, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was a Liaison Officer embarked on board motor launch ML446 and was evacuated back to the UK after the operation [1]
  • Captain De Jonghe is listed in the Personnel Files of the S.O.E [2].

DE LA TORRE, Luis Eric Rupert

Known as: 
Eric
Luis Eric de la Torre 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lance Corporal Eric de la Torre took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarked on motor launch ML262, taken prisoner after the raid, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland [1][2].
  • Post war honorary Secretary of the St. Nazaire Society for many years [2]

DEANS, James

Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal James Deans was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, confirmed 14 months later as killed in action on that date. He embarked for the raid on ML 457 and was the husband of Mrs A. Deans, 4 Albert Street, Paisley.
Service
03.05.1939 enlisted Royal Engineers.

DEERY, Stewart

Sergeant
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]. 
Recommendation

DENISON, Mallinson Charles

Known as: 
Bung
Mallinson Charles Denison 2 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major)
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Lieutenant Mallinson Charles Denison, 3 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked on HMS Campbeltown in charge of a small protection party to cover the personnel carrying out demolitions on the dry dock. After heavy street fighting and when all ammunition was spent he was captured and became a prisoner of war.

DIAMOND, Thomas

Thomas Diamond 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Thomas Diamond, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. 
Son of Mrs. Barbara Diamond of 28 Penrith Street Liverpool 8. Brother of Royal Artillery Gunners John Diamond and Joseph Henry Diamond, both prisoners of war at the time.

DICKINSON, Joe

Private
No 2 Commando
York and Lancaster Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joe Dickinson, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][1a].
  • 1943 killed in action in Italy serving with 1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment [2][3].
Sources

DOCKERILL, Arthur Henry

Lance Sergeant
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. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Recommendation

DONALDSON, John

Known as: 
Jock
Lance Corporal John Donaldson 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
London Scottish The Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal John Donaldson, 3 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed died of wounds. He has no known grave.
Son of William Donaldson and of Jessie Donaldson (nee Hunter); husband of Anne Donaldson (nee Smith), of Dundee.

DOUGLAS, Edward

Known as: 
Ted
Corporal Ted Douglas MM
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Liverpool Scottish Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Corporal Edward Douglas , 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field. He was one of the Commando contingent on board Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, and one of only five men from those who landed at St Nazaire, that evaded capture and escaped through France back to the UK. 
 

DUNCAN, Ronald

Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ronald Duncan was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. His next of kin were formally notified of his death on 2 April 1943. He had embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 268 and has no known grave. Son of James W. Duncan and Elisabeth R. Duncan, of Aberdeen. 
Service

DURRANT, Sgt. Thomas Frank, VC

Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Royal Engineers
Victoria Cross (VC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant was killed in action during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
War Office 19th June 1945
For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun in H.M. Motor Launch ML 306 in the St. Nazaire raid on the 28th March, 1942.

ECKMAN, William John

William Eckman 2 Commando
Private
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.

EDWARDS, Denis Gold

Private
No 5 Commando
Worcestershire Regiment
Private Denis Edwards was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Charot at St Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war. He had embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/49.

ELDRIDGE, Leonard Frederick

Leonard Eldridge 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Leonard Eldridge, 2 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 447 and has no known grave. 
Son of Frederick and Lily May Eldridge; husband of Margaret Alice Eldridge, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
 
Sources

ELLIOTT, Alfred John

Private
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)

Private Alfred Elliott, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf* and Stalag 3A Luckenwalde**.
Recommendation

ETCHES, William Whitson

Known as: 
Bill
Col Bill Etches OBE MC
Lieutenant (later Colonel)
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],  was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry at St Nazaire in

EVANS, Earl Michael

Corporal (Acting Lance Sergeant)
No 1 Commando
Welch Regiment
Acting Lance Sergeant Evans 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 306 for the raid.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Caerphilly.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/3.

EVANS, Frank

Private
No 2 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Private Frank Evans took part in the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He embarked on motor launch ML262 and was reported missing after the raid, but was subsequently found to have been taken prisoner. He was transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland. He had earlier also served at the S.T.C. and No.3 Commando*.
 
Sources

EVERETT, Thomas, H.

Known as: 
Tommy
Tommy Everett 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Private Thomas Everett, R.A.M.C. attached to No.2 Commando HQ, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK and remained with No.2 Commando [1]
  • 16 August 1943 (Private) wounded during Operation Husky at Sicily [2].
  • Later promoted Sergeant [3].

EWENS, George

George Ewens 2 commando
Lance Corporal (later Sergeant)
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Lance Corporal George Ewens, 3 Troop, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Embarked on Motor Launch ML 156, he was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1]
  • Emigrated to Tasmania [2][3].
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

FAHY, James or John

Private
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.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/41.

FARQUHAR, John Kiel

Private
No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Private John Farquhar, a veteran of the St. Nazaire raid, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations West of the Garigliano River, Italy on the night of 29/30 December 1943 [1][2].
Recommendation

FERGUSON, William

Sergeant
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant William Ferguson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown.

FERGUSON, William John

Known as: 
Fergie
Corporal
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
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Lance Corporal William Field was reported missing 28 March 1942 after the raid at St Nazaire, later confirmed as wounded and a prisoner of war. Liberated in 1945 [1][2][3].
  • Served in 1 Troop of No.2 Commando and embarked on ML 457 for the raid [4].
  • 23 August 1945 attached Survey T.C. (Royal Engineers) [5].

FISHER, Norman Lucas

Corporal
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (11th Bn)
(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Norman Fisher, 6 troop, died on 25 April 1942 of wounds received on 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 192 and had initially been reported as missing in action until his death was confirmed.
 
Sources
CWGC.

FITCHETT, John

Known as: 
Jack
John Fitchett 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Private John 'Jack' Fitchett, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK. 
  • 30 July 1944 (Corporal) (5th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment) wounded North West Europe.
Sources

FOWLER, Henry Francis

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Henry Fowler, 2 Troop, died of wounds on 24 January 1943 [1][2]. He was one of the commando contingent for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire embarked on board motor launch ML443 and was seriously wounded by enemy fire during the unsuccessful attempt by the naval crew to land the Commandos on board. He was evacuated back to the UK [3]

FREEMAN, B.G.

Known as: 
Ginger
Freeman 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Freeman, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was wounded during the raid and evacuated back to the UK. 
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.

FURSSE, Reginald Henry

Reg Fursse 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Corporal Reginald Fursse, 6 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent on motor launch ML 156 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1].
  • Evacuated back to the UK, he remained with No. 2 Commando [2][3]

FYFE, Charles Alexander

Known as: 
Jock
Charles Fyfe 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Lance Corporal Charles Fyfe from Glasgow, 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.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists  / National Archives file WO417/43.

GALLAGHER, John

Acting Lance Sergeant
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.
 
Sources

GARDNER, John, A.

Private
No 2 Commando
Border Regiment
Private John Gardner, 3 Troop, embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

GARLAND, Lindsay Ernest Albert

Lindsay Garland 2 Commando
Sergeant ( Acting Troop Sergeant Major)
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Acting Troop Sergeant Major Lindsay Garland, 2 troop, died during operations at Salerno on 16 September 1943. He was with Captain the Duke of Wellington [more...] during the attack on 'The Pimple' in the village of Piegolelle, Salerno, and they were both killed.

GARRATT, Arthur Ernest

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Arthur Garratt, 2 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 447. Son of Matilda Garratt, of Islington, London.
 
Sources
CWGC.

GIBSON, William

Known as: 
Bill
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant William Gibson, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave. 
Son of Alexander and Margaret Gibson; stepson of Elizabeth Gibson, of Thornliebank, Glasgow.
 

GOODE, Frank Cecil

Frank Goode 2 Commando
Rifleman
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Rifleman Frank Goode, 3 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown. Post war member of the Commando Association from Surrey.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/42 and WO417/43.

GOSS, Leonard George William

Fusilier
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Leonard Goss, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 192 and has no known grave. Son of Leonard Butcher Goss and L. Goss, of Brixton, London.
 

GRIEF, George Valentine

George Grief 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
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.
 
Sources

GROSE, William Ernest

Guardsman
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman William Grose, 2 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 447 and has no known grave.
Son of Ernest Albert Grose, and of Agnes Grose, of Welling, Kent.
 
Sources
CWGC.

GWYNNE, John Edward Herbert

Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Gwynne, 5 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action [1][1a]. He had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown and received a posthumous Mention in Despatches [2][3]
Recommendation

HAILES, Stanley Brian

Known as: 
Stan
Lance Corporal Stan Hailes 3 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Duke of Wellington's Regiment
Lance Corporal Stanley Hailes was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942.

HAINES, George Ernest

George Haines DCM 2 Commando
Troop Sergeant Major
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

HANNON, Thomas Gerrard

Known as: 
Gerry
Thomas Hannon
Thomas Hannon 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Private Thomas Hannon, HQ Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He was 'batman' to Major Bill Copland (2 i/c) and embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown. 
 
Sources
Casualty Lists  /National Archives file WO417/43.

HARDING, Victor Philip

Private Victor Harding MM 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Gloucestershire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Victor Harding, 1 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service for his successful evasion from capture after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.

HARKNESS, Peter

Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Peter Harkness was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. Son of Peter and Catherine Ann Harkness.

HARRINGTON, Jack Lonsdale

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Corporal Jack Harrington was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished services during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942.  He was one of the Commando HQ contingent who embarked on board MGB 314.  Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HARRISON, Maurice

Known as: 
Boy
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (11th Bn)
(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Maurice Harrison, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 192.
Son of Samuel G. and Maud A. Harrison, of Streatham, London.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/41 and WO417/95.

HAY, William

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Lanarkshire Yeomanry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal William Hay was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Son of Thomas and Margaret Hay, of Carluke, Lanarkshire.
He embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew, on board were killed.
 

HEATHER, William Bernard

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal William Heather, 2 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 447 and has no known grave. Son of William and Harriette Heather.
 

HEERY, John

Known as: 
Jack
John Heery 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal John 'Jack' Heery, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942 [1][1a]. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 16 August 1943 (Acting Lance Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded in Sicily during Operation Husky [2]

HEMPSTEAD, Stanley

Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Stanley Hempstead, 2 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/42 and WO417/44.

HEWETT, Herbert Edward

Known as: 
Ted
Troop Sergeant Major
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Troop Sergeant Major Herbert Hewett, 2 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He had embarked for the raid on ML447.

HODGSON, Eric Stewart

Known as: 
Bertie
Captain
No 2 Commando
Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Eric Hodgson, Officer Commanding 1 troop, was reported missing believed killed 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He was in charge of the commandos on motor launch ML 446 and has no known grave.
Son of Gerald Hodgson, and of Marjorie Hodgson, of Croxley Green, Hertfordshire.

HOLLAND, William Anthony

William Holland 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Border Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches

Private William 'Dutch' Holland, 3 Troop, 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.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was reported missing after the raid but later found to be a prisoner of war.
Recommendation

HOLMES, Frederick Lewis

Frederick Holmes 2 Commando
Sapper
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers

Sapper Frederick Holmes was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.  He remained with the No.2 Commando attaining the rank of Lance Sergeant.

HOLT, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Corporal Fred Holt 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Corporal Frederick Holt, 5 troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942 [1]. He was initially reported missing in action until it was discovered he had been taken prisoner [2][2a][2b].  He was transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany [3].

HOMER, Levi

Known as: 
Leo
Leo Homer 2 Commando
Leo Homer 2Cdo
Lance Corporal
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. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war. Known as Leo Homer by some, his true name was Levi Homer.
Articles in the Liverpool Echo 2nd, 6th, and 18th  May 1942.

HONEY, Peter

Pte Pete Honey MM 2 Commando
Private
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. Reported missing after the raid, later found to be a prisoner of war.
Recommendation

HOOPER, Richard Henry

Known as: 
Dickie
Capt Richard Hooper MC 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Captain Richard Hooper was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry during operations at Scaletta Sicily, during which he was wounded [1][2].
Recommendation
"Operation 'Blackcock' Sicily 16th August 1943.

HOOPER, Walter Francis

Corporal W Hooper 2 Commando
Corporal
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.

HOPE, J.R.

Private
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Private J.R. Hope was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid he remained with No. 2 Commando and was later wounded during operations at Salerno on 18 September 1943.
 
Sources

HOPKINS, Alfred, J.

Private
No 1 Commando
Devonshire Regiment
Private Alfred Hopkins was one of the commando contingent who embarked on motor launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid he was later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner *. 
  • 1944 reported "Wounded and Prisoner of War (Germany) now Repatriated" **.

HOPWOOD, Howell Gaston Lloyd

Known as: 
Bill or Hoppy
Lieutenant Howell Hopwood 2 Commando
Lieutenant Hopwood 2 Commando
Lieutenant (later Honorary Captain)
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Howell Hopwood, 5 Troop, 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 board HMS Campbeltown; prisoner of war after the raid.
Recommendation

HOWARD, Roland Arthur

Known as: 
Ron
Lance Corporal
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.
 
Sources

HOWARTH, Arnold

Known as: 
Arnie
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Lance Sergeant Arnold Howarth was one of the five Commandos who escaped after landing at St Nazaire on the raid. Arnold joined the Grenadier Guards in 1939 aged 18. His 5 brothers were also in the Armed Forces. He later volunteered for and was attached to No.2 Commando. He represented his troop in a No.2 Commando Inter Troop Boxing Competition in July 1941.

HOYLE, Robert

Robert Hoyle 12 Commando
Corporal
No 12 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers

Corporal Robert Hoyle embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported as missing after the raid he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

HUDSON, George Herbert

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (11th Bn)
(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Hudson, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action.  He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/41 (1942) and WO417/59 (1943).
St Nazaire Society website.
 

HUDSPETH, George Edward

Sapper
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Sapper George Hudspeth was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Initially reported as missing he was later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.

HUGHES, Joseph Wilfred

Lance Sergeant (later Second Lieutenant)
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Lance Sergeant Joseph Hughes was one of the Commando contingent embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Returned to the UK and rejoined No.9 Commando. Left the Commando May 1943 on selection for Officer Training. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Cambridge.
Service

HUGHES, William Armsted

Known as: 
Bladder
Bill Hughes 2 Commando
Private
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.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.

HURST, Ernest

Known as: 
Ernie, seen elsewhere as Edward
E. Hurst 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Hurst, 5 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent emba

IDE, George Edward

Sergeant
No 5 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant George Ide was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown. 
Son of Herbert Edward and Edith Ann Ide, of Romford, Essex; husband of O. M. Ide.
 
Sources
CWGC.

JAMESON, Robert Evan

Lance Sergeant
No 9 Commando
Royal Artillery
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Robert Evan Jameson, from Virginia, County Cavan, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown and has no known grave.
 
Sources
CWGC.

JARVIS, G.

Known as: 
Possibly Charles Jack
Rifleman
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Rifleman Jarvis, 3 Troop, embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported wounded and missing, later found to be a prisoner of war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/44 and 48.

JENKINS, Morgan

2nd Lieut Jenkins 2 Commando
Second Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
No 5 Independent Company
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Morgan Jenkins was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave. 

Son of Morgan and Mary Jenkins; husband of Edna (nee Kennedy), of Tottenham, London.

JOHNSON, Bertie Lawrence

Lance Sergeant
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Bertie Johnson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. 
He embarked for the raid HMS Campbeltown and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bertie Lawrence Johnson, of Stockport, Cheshire.
 
Sources
CWGC.

JOHNSON, James

Lance Sergeant
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

JOHNSON, William John

Known as: 
Johnny
Bombardier
No 5 Commando
Royal Artillery / later Royal Engineers
William Johnson was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938. He later joined No.5 Commando, was promoted Bombardier, and embarked on HMS Campbeltown for the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid later found to be a prisoner of war.
After release in 1945 he was transferred to the Royal Engineers 8 August 1945.
 

JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Joseph Blundell

Known as: 
HOUGHTON, Joseph
Captain
No 2 Commando
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Cross (MC)
Executed
Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson-Houghton MC was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. Generally referred to as Joseph Houghton as the family often used the shortened surname of 'Houghton'.

JONES, Colin

LSgt. Colin Jones MM 2 Commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)
Sergeant Colin Jones, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service at St Nazaire.
Recommendation

JONES, Harri Havard

Corporal
No 12 Commando
Welch Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Harri Harvard Jones was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. Corporal Jones was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268. He has no known grave.
Son of David John and Martha Ann Jones, of Rhymney, Monmouthshire.
 

JONES, Richard Artus

Acting Lance Corporal
No 3 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Corporal Richard Jones, Royal Engineers attached to No.3 Commando, was reported missing after Operation Jubilee at Dieppe on 19 August 1942. He was later found to have been taken prisoner of war and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

JONES, William George

Private
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. He survived and was taken prisoner of war. 

KELLY, Francis

Private
No 2 Commando
Border Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Francis Kelly, from Dovecot, Liverpool, was reported missing on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later presumed died of wounds. He embarked for the raid on MGB 314. A bricklayer before enlisting Private Kelly had previously taken part in Operation Archery at Vaagso, Norway. Son of Joseph and Mary Kelly, of Liverpool.
 

KING, Alfred William

Known as: 
Bill
AlfredKing1Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 1 Commando
Norfolk Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant Alfred King received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. He embarked on board HMS Campbeltown. Taken prisoner after the raid he was transported to Stalag 383 at Hohen Fels, Bavaria, Germany.
Recommendation

KNOWLES, John, A.

Known as: 
Johnny
Johnny Knowles 2 Commando
Sergeant John Knowles 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Sergeant Johnny Knowles was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, later found to be a prisoner of war. He served in 4 Troop and embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.

LEE, Jack William Raymond

Birthname: 
COURAUD, Raymond Jack William
Lieutenant
General List
SAS
General List
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Jack Lee (born Raymond Jack William Couraud) was a French Liaison Officer attached to No.2 Commando specifically for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.

LEMON, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Lance Corporal
No 12 Commando
North Irish Horse / Royal Armoured Corps

Lance Corporal Fred Lemon embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.

LEWIS, John Frederick

Guardsman
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman John Lewis, 2 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 447 and has no known grave.
Son of James and Sarah Lewis; husband of Mary Blodwen Lewis, East Didsbury, Manchester.
 

LLEWELLYN, Fred

Corporal Fred Llewellyn 1 Commando
Corporal
No 1 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Fred Llewellyn was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He was part of a demolition team who embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.

Son of Tom and Elizabeth Llewellyn, of Worcester.
Service Record 
17 January 1940 enlisted King's Shopshire Light Infantry.

LLOYD, Herbert Charles

Known as: 
Taffy
Herbert Charles Lloyd 2 Commando
Guardsman
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Guardsman Herbert Lloyd, 6 Troop, known as Taffy, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch 156 and was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.
Images in CVA Gallery.
 

LUCY, Albert James

Fusilier
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Albert Lucy, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 192.
Son of Albert Edward and Lily Minnie Lucy, of Kentish Town, London.
 
Sources
CWGC.

MACLAGAN, Ian Lawrence

Ian Maclagan 9 Commando
Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Corporal Ian Maclagan 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 457.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MACLEAN, Alexander Robert

Known as: 
Alex
Sergeant (later Second Lieutenant)
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Sergeant Alexander Maclean, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1]
He remained with No.2 Commando attaining the rank of Troop Sergeant Major [2].

MATHER, Harry

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Harry Mather, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He had embarked for the raid on ML 268. Son of Charles Baron Mather and Mary Elizabeth Mather, of Bolton, Lancashire.
 

MATTISON, William

Fusilier
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Fusilier William Mattison, 3 Troop, was wounded on 28 March 1942 and taken prisoner after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He had embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/47.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MAYLOTT, Jesse

Jesse Maylott 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Jesse Maylott, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He has no known grave.
Son of Jesse Maylott, and of Alice Maylott, of Orford, Warrington, Lancashire.

McCLAIR, Alexander Richard

Known as: 
Alex
Alexander McClair 2 Commando and SBS
Lance Sergeant (later Captain)
No 2 Commando
SBS
London Rifle Brigade / Essex Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lance Sergeant Alexander McClair, 2 Troop No.2 Commando, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2]
  • He then joined the SBS and was posted to OCTU [3].

MCCORMACK, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
Thomas McCormack
Tom McCormack 2 Commando
Private
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. He was a prisoner of war in a German Naval Hospital at the time of his death. Part of Captain Roy's Assault Team who embarked on HMS Campbeltown.  

MCDONALD, J.

Private
No 2 Commando
Border Regiment
Private J. McDonald, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid. 
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

McKERR, Hugh Francis Johnston

Known as: 
Beagle
Lance Sergeant
No 5 Commando
Royal Engineers
Lance Sergeant Hugh McKerr 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 HMS Campbeltown.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1.

MILNE, Robert

Gunner Robert Milne 2 Commando
Gunner
No 2 Commando
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Gunner Robert Milne, 5 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarked on board HMS Campbeltown, he was shot in the back during the raid, taken prisoner, and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland. 
Recommendation

MOLLOY, Joseph

Corporal
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
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/43.

MONTGOMERY, Robert Kerr

Known as: 
Bob
Captain
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)

Captain Robert Montgomery, along with Captain William Pritchard RE [more....], had been instrumental in the initial planning and training of the demolition teams for the St Nazaire raid. Captain Montgomery was in charge of the demolition teams on board HMS Campbeltown [1]

MORGAN, Richard Fuller

Lieutenant Richard Morgan 2 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major)
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.
Embarking on Motor Launch ML262 he commanded a small protection party and was captured after the raid [1][2][2a][2b][3].
Recommendation

MORT, Alec

Alec Mort 2 Commando
Alec Mort at reunion
Company Sergeant Major
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Corporal Alec Mort, from Bolton was one of the No.2 Commando 4 troop contingent for Operation Chariot, the St Nazaire raid in March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK. He remained with No.2 Commando taking part in all of their major raids and operations attaining the rank of Company Sergeant Major. 
 

MOSS, Alan

WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Regimental Sergeant Major Alan Moss, HQ 2 Commando, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea after being shot. He has no known grave. 
Son of George and Jane Moss, of Birkenhead; husband of Florence Beatrice Moss, of Rock Ferry, Birkenhead.

MURDOCH, Sydney Wallace John

Known as: 
Syd
Sid Murdoch 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Sydney Murdoch, 5 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 MGB 314.
  • Private Murdoch from Liverpool was a former employee of Liverpool Corporation Transport Department.* 
Sources

NAGEL, Peter Thomas Lorenz

Served as : 
4272711 WALKER, Peter
Peter Nagel
Private
No 2 Commando
Pioneer Corps
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (for alias)
Private Peter Nagel was of the Jewish Faith and served under an alias of Peter Walker for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on MGB 314 and was taken prisoner after the raid. Although Peter was attached to No.2 Commando he had received training for the Special Operations Executive.

NEAL, Alfred William

Private
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Alfred Neal, RAMC attached No.2 Commando, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 447 and has no known grave.
Son of Alfred and Alice Neal; husband of Phyllis Winefred Neal, of Norwich.
 

NEWALL, James, F.

Known as: 
Jim
Jim Newell 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Private Jim Newall, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 9 September 1943 (Lance Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded at Salerno, Italy *.
Sources

NEWMAN, Lt Col. Augustus Charles, VC

Known as: 
Colonel Charles
Col. Newman VC, 2 Commando
Augustus Charles Newman VC
Lieutenant Colonel
No 2 Commando
No 3 Independent Company
Essex Regiment
Victoria Cross (VC)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Deputy Lieutenant (DL)
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of the Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Lt. Colonel Augustus Charles Newman, Officer Commanding No 2 Commando, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry whilst Military Force Commander of Operation Chariot, St. Nazaire. He was a prisoner of war after the raid.
Extract from Commando Association Newsletter 55 of September 1972

NICHOLS, Alexander Hause

Acting Lance Corporal
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.
  • 8 March 1940 transferred to the Royal Engineers.
Sources

O'BRIEN, Richard

Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
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.
 

OUGHTRED, Neil

Neil Oughtred 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
Lincolnshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Neil Oughtred was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded during the raid, he was evacuated back to the UK and rejoined No.2 Commando, rank Captain. He had been Mentioned in Despatches in December 1940 in recognition of good service during the allied evacuation at Dunkirk.

PARKES, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Lance Corporal
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.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/43.

PATERSON, Kenneth Albert

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Kenneth Paterson was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Kenneth, who served in 2 troop and embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 447, has no known grave.
Son of Albert Edward and Henrietta Jane Paterson, of Bristol.
 

PATON, David

Doctor David Paton 2 Commando
Captain
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Captain David Paton, M.B., R.A.M.C. was one of two Medical Officers attached to No.2 Commando for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He embarked on Motor Launch ML 307 and was evacuated after the raid treating many of the wounded on the long journey back to the UK [1][1a][1b]

PEACHEY, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Fred Peachey MM and bar
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
South Lancashire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Bar to the Military Medal
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.

PEACOCK, Arthur William

Arthur Peacock 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Lance Sergeant Arthur Peacock, 2 troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at st Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

PENFOLD, Frederick Arthur

Frederick Penfold 2 Commando
Fusilier
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
St. Nazaire Society website.

PENNINGTON, Harold Hammond

Capt Pennington 4 Commando
Captain
No 4 Commando
Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain Harold Pennington was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268.
B.A. (Oxon.), Kitchener Scholar, and Rugby Football Blue (1937).
Son of Walter and Ada Pennington, of Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire; husband of Edna Elizabeth Pennington.

PEYTON, Thomas Grenville Pitt

Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
No 5 Independent Company
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Thomas Peyton, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He has no known grave.
Son of Ivor Eliot Peyton and Dorothy Helen Peyton, of Englemere Wood, Berkshire.
Attended Eton College from 1934 - 1939. 

POWELL, Leslie

Private
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
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/47.

PRESCOTT, James Frederick Anthony

Known as: 
Jim
Jim Prescott 2 Commando
Company Sergeant Major
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Corporal James Prescott, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
  • 16 August 1943 (Acting Sergeant) (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations in Sicily.

PRESTON, John Alfred

Private
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Private John Preston, aged 29 and from Earlestown St Helens, 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 missing after the raid; later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

PRITCHARD, William Henry

Known as: 
Bill
Captain William Pritchard RE
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
Special Service Brigade
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain William Pritchard M.C., R.E., was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 457 [1][1a][2].

PROCTOR, John David

John David Proctor 2 Commando
Lieutenant/later Colonel
No 2 Commando
Commando Basic Training Centre
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Second Lieutenant John Proctor received his commission into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (1st Liverpool Scottish)  on the 10th February 1940.

PURDON, Corran William Brooke

Corran Purdon 12 Commando
Lieutenant (later Major General)
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
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]
Wounded and prisoner of war. [2][3][3a]. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [4].
Recommendation

REEVES, Walter

Known as: 
Jumbo
Bombardier
No 12 Commando
Royal Artillery
Bombardier Walter Reeves was attested into the Royal Artillery in 1938 and was later attached to No.12 Commando after volunteering for the Commandos. Embarked HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942 and was a prisoner of war after the raid. Post war member of the Commando Association residing Barnstaple, Devon.
 

RENNIE, Jim

Known as: 
Jim
Jim Rennie 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Sergeant Jim Rennie, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Taken prisoner after the raid he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

RICHARDS, David

Corporal (later Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Sapper David Richards was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2].
  • 30 December 1943 (Acting Lance Corporal) (No.9 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy [3].

ROACH, Thomas Ypres

Rifleman
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (11th Bn)
(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Rifleman Thomas Roach, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 177. Son of Lewis and Winifred Roach, of Caerau, Bridgend, Glamorgan.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/41 and WO417/45.

ROBERTS, Harold

Known as: 
Aggs
Private Harold Roberts 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Lance Corporal Harold Roberts, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was wounded and taken prisoner of war.

ROBINSON, Sydney

Guardsman
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Sydney Robinson, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
 

RODD, Stanley William

Stanley Rodd 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Lance Sergeant Stanley Rodd, 6 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 ML 192.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists  / National Archives file WO417/41 and WO417/49.

RODERICK, John Morgan

Lieut. John Roderick MC, No 2 Commando
Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Order of the Legion of Honour (France)
On the 1st July 1939 the then Private John Roderick received his commission as Second Lieutenant.  After volunteering for the Commandos he joined No 2 Commando 3 troop. On the St Nazaire raid he commanded an assault party of commandos embarked on board HMS Campbeltown.

ROE, Harold Reginald

Harold Roe 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Harold Roe, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire. He was wounded and evacuated back to the UK.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
St. Nazaire Society 75th anniversary Newsletter nom. roll.

ROGERS, Joseph Gerard Anthony

Known as: 
Joe
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
Military Medal (MM)

Lance Sergeant Joseph Rogers, 5 troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations at Spilje Albania on 28/29 July 1944.
  
Recommendation
Military Medal (Immediate) Spilje Bay, Albania, Operation Healing 2. 

ROWE, A.

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Lance Corporal A. Rowe, 4 Troop, was one of the Commando contingent for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 and was one of those to be evacuated back to the UK [1][1a].

ROY, Donald William

Captain Donald Roy DSO
Captain
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Territorial Decoration (TD)
Private Donald William Roy, a Cadet of the Fettes College Contingent Junior Division O.T.C., received his commission into the Liverpool Scots TA on the 17th June 1939.
Lieutenant Roy was mobilised in August 1939 and posted to the 2nd Battalion. From there he volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No 3 Platoon,  No 4 Independent Company.

RUSSELL, A.

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Lance Corporal A. Russell, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.
 

SALISBURY, G.

Private G. Salisbury 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

Private G. Salisbury, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 177 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, later found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

SALISBURY, Glyn

Corporal
No 1 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers

Corporal Glyn Salisbury was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 306 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was subsequently transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

SCULLY, Len

Len Scully 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Len Scully, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2]. He rejoined No.2 Commando 1 Troop and was promoted Corporal [3].
 
Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website.

SEARSON, Alfred Clarence

Known as: 
Alf
LSgt Alf Searson MM 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Alfred Searson, 1 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in the field relating to his successful escape from captivity in October 1943 .

SEATON, Alexander Fairgreave

Known as: 
Sandy
RSM Sandy Seaton 2 Commando
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (later RSM)
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Service Corps
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander Seaton, from Kirkintilloch and known as Sandy, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid he became Regimental Sergeant Major of No.2 Commando, replacing RSM Alan Moss [more....]

SHENTON, Joseph

Private
No 9 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Joseph Shenton was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 268 and has no known grave.
Son of Joseph Shenton and of Violet Shenton, of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent; husband of Nora Shenton, of Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent.
 

SHERMAN, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
2/Lt Tom Sherman
Lt Col Tom Sherman RMR
Troop Sergeant Major (later Lt Col RM Reserve)
No 2 Commando
RM Reserve
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Reserve Decoration (RD)
Tom Sherman volunteered for the Independent Companies and was posted to No.4 Ind. Coy.  He took part in Scissorforce, the North West Expeditionary Force in Norway, and after joining No.

SHERWIN, Albert Edward George

Private
No 2 Commando
Queens Own Royal West Kent
Died on war service
Private Albert Sherwin, 3 troop, died in Germany whilst a Prisoner of War.  He became a prisoner of war after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He embarked for the raid on board HMS Campbeltown and, after capture, was later transported to a camp near Lamsdorf, Poland originally named Stalag V111 before being renamed Stalag 344.

SHIPTON, Herbert J.

Known as: 
Bert
Bert Shipton 9 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers

Lance Corporal Bert Shipton was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels Germany.

SIMISTER, Charles Arnold

Known as: 
Arnold
Cpl Charles Simister MM 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
43RM Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Charles Simister, attached to No 2 Commando from the RAMC, was one of the Commando contingent on board ML 307 during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942.  He was one of those evacuated back to the UK after the raid. [1]

SIMPSON, Harold Leonard, F.

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal Harold Simpson, 3 Troop, 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.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 383 Hohenfels 
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SIMS, Richard William

LCpl Richard Sims MM 2 commando
Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal Richard Sims, 2 Troop, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field for his successful evasion from capture.

SINNOTT, Edward

Known as: 
Ted
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Lance Corporal Edward Sinnott, aged 20 and from Widnes, served in 4 Troop and was one of the commando contingent embarked on motor launch ML 306 for the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Wounded during the raid, he was later transported to Stalag 357 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel Germany. Post war he emigrated to Australia.
 
Sources

SMALLEY, Christopher John

Christopher John Smalley 5 Commando
Lieutenant
No 5 Commando
Manchester Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Christopher Smalley died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. Embarking on HMS Campbeltown he commanded a demolition party whose task it was to destroy the Dry Dock Installations. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services." 
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SMITH, A.

Corporal. A. Smith 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Corporal A. Smith, 1 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 446 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942.
He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

SPAUL, William Albert

Corporal
No 2 Commando
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal William Spaul, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 192. Son of Albert Spaul, and of Isabel Spaul, of Aldershot, Hampshire.
 
Sources 
CWGC. 

STANLEY, George, V.

George Stanley 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Engineers

Corporal George Stanley, 4 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Evacuated back to the UK after the raid.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.
CVA Gallery 1982 reunion photo.
CVA Gallery image of No.2 Commando 4 Troop.

STEELE, David Ronald

Known as: 
Ron
Staff Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Corps of Signals
Sergeant David 'Ron' Steele, attached HQ No.2 Commando, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on MGB 314 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland.
  • Ron was a former Tresurer of the St. Nazaire Society*.
Sources

STEVENSON, Stanley George

Stanley Stevenson 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Lance Corporal Stanley Stevenson, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid. 
  • 13 September 1943 (Corporal) wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno).
Sources

STOKES, George Stanley

Lance Corporal
No 5 Commando
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Stokes was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown, part of Lt Burtinshaw's demolition party.
Son of Fredrick Maurice and Gladys Stokes; husband of Eileen May Stokes, of Easton, Bristol.
 
Sources
CWGC.

STUTCHBURY, John Forbes

Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Lieutenant John Stutchbury, 3 Troop, 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.  Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Oflag 9A/H Spangenberg Germany. 
MiD recommendation

SUMNER, Frank

Frank Sumner 2 Commando
Frank Sumner post war
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Lance Corporal Frank Sumner, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been wounded, taken prisoner and later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland. Post war served in Germany with Border Control for a period.

SWAYNE, Ronald Oliver Carless

Known as: 
Ronnie or Rocky
Lieutenant
No 1 Commando
Herefordshire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Lieutenant Ronnie Swayne was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on Motor Launch ML306 during the raid at St. Nazaire [1][2]
He was taken prisoner and later transported to Oflag 9A/H at Spangenberg bei Kassel, Germany [3][4].

TAYLOR, Gerald

Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Gerald Taylor, HQ Reserve, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos, and all bar 5 of the RN crew, on board were killed.
Son of Bernard and Emma Lily Taylor, of Shiregreen, Sheffield.

TAYLOR, H.G.

H.G. Taylor 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Rifle Brigade
Corporal H.G. 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
Casualty Lists  / National Archives files WO417/41, WO417/43, and WO417/48

TAYLOR, Horace

Known as: 
Spud
Horace Taylor 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Lance Corporal Horace Taylor, 2 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on Motor Launch ML 447 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1].
13 September 1943 (No.2 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy (Salerno) [2].

THOMSON, Robert

Known as: 
Surname also seen as THOMPSON
Private Robert Thomson 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
Essex Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de Guerre (France)
Private Robert Thomson, 2 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942 [1][2]. He embarked on board motor launch ML 262 [2].

THRIFT, Frank, W.

FrankThrift 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Lance Corporal Frank Thrift, 3 Troop, was one of the commando contingent embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society.

TOMBLIN, Edward Charles

Private
No 1 Commando
East Surrey Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Edward Tomblin was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on Motor Launch ML 306.
Son of Frank and Mary Ellen Tomblin; husband of Eleanor Margaret Tomblin, of Wandsworth, London.
 
Sources
CWGC

TOMSETT, Reginald Maurice

Corporal
No 2 Commando
King's Royal Rifle Corps (11th Bn)
(1st Bn. Queen's Westminsters)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Reginald Tomsett, 6 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. Embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 192. Son of Maurice Jeffery Tomsett and Edith Sarah Tomsett, of Shirley, Croydon.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/41 and WO417/54.

TUCKER, Edward Arnold

Known as: 
Eddie
Edward Arnold Tucker 2 Commando
Fusilier
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers
Fusilier Eddie Tucker, 6 Troop No.2 Commando, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 156 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid [1][2].

VANDERWERVE, John Edward

John Vanderwerve 2 Commando
John Vanderwerve 2 Commando
Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Kings Regiment (Liverpool)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Vanderwerve, 4 troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He was officer in charge of a protection squad for a demolition team embarked on motor launch ML 306. Lieutenant Vanderwerve, who got engaged only 3 months before his death, has no known grave. 

WALSHAM, Alexander

Sapper (later Sergeant)
No 9 Commando
Royal Engineers
Sapper Alexander Walsham was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the UK after the raid and rejoined No.9 Commando [1][2].
  • 20 March 1944 (A/Corporal)(No.9 Commando) wounded during operations in Italy (Anzio) [2]+[linked content below].

WALTON, George William

Guardsman
No 2 Commando
Grenadier Guards
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman George Walton, 2 troop, was reported missing on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later confirmed killed in action. He embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 447. Son of George William and Doris Olive Walton, of New Mills, Derbyshire.

WALTON, Philip

Lieut. Philip Walton No 2 Commando
Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Philip Walton, 1 Troop, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. Section Officer of a demolition team embarked on Motor Launch ML 457.
Son of C.P. and Evelyn Walton, of Bedford. B.A. (Cantab.): Christ's College.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WARDLE, Arthur

Arthur Wardle MC
Acting Captain
No 2 Commando
No 3 Commando
South Lancashire Regiment
Military Cross (MC)
Sergeant Arthur Wardle, 4 Troop No.2 Commando, was one of the Commando contingent embarked on board Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire on 28 March 1942. He was evacuated back to the the UK after the raid [1][2].
By December 1942 Arthur was the Troop Sergeant Major of 2 Troop No. 2 Commando [3]

WATSON, William Humphreys

Known as: 
Bill or Tiger
2nd Lieut Bill Watson MC 2 Commando
Lieutenant
No 2 Commando
The Black Watch
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Territorial Efficiency Medal
Lieutenant Bill 'Tiger' Watson, 1 troop, was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during the raid on St. Nazaire [1]. 

WATT, William

William Watt 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal William Watt, 6 troop, died during operations at Scaletta, Sicily. We have a document that outlines these details, " Buried at Scaletta by A.D.S. at Rear of School in centre of village.

WEBB, Frederick, C.

Lance Sergeant
No 3 Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Lance Sergeant Frederick Webb was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 262 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 383 at Hohenfels, Germany.
 
Sources
St. Nazaire Society website.

WEBB, John

Known as: 
Jack
Lance Corporal Webb RAMC and 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Corporal John 'Jack' Webb, RAMC and No 2 Commando, a veteran of Operation Chariot at St Nazaire [1], was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy. [2]
 
Recommendation for award
Gulf of Salerno Sep. 9 - 18th 1943.

WESTLAKE, Peter David

Peter Westlake 2 Commando
Rifleman
No 2 Commando
Royal Ulster Rifles
Rifleman Peter Westlake, 6 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 192 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources

WHEELAN, George Leslie

Known as: 
Les
Private Leslie Wheelan 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish QOCH

Private Les Wheelan, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was reported missing after the raid, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner. He was transported to Stalag 344 (V111b) Lamsdorf, Poland.

WHEELER, George Russell

Lt George Russell Wheeler MM
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Royal Sussex Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

George Wheeler, a pupil of Godolphin School, Wiltshire, graduated as a BSc from Exeter University. He married in 1941. After enlistment he volunteered for the Commandos and was attached to No 2 Commando

WICKSON, Lionel Charles

LSgt Wickson MM 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant
No 2 Commando
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Lance Sergeant Lionel Wickson, 1 troop,  was one of the Commando contingent who had embarked on Motor Launch ML 457 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1]
Reported missing after the raid, found to have been taken prisoner and transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland [2][3].​

WILCOCK, Richard

Known as: 
Dick
Richard Wilcock 2 Commando
Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Lance Corporal Richard Wilcock, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.

WILKES, Frederick

Known as: 
Fred
Fred Wilkes 2 Commando
Private
No 2 Commando
No 4 Independent Company
Liverpool Scottish Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Private Frederick Wilkes, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Wounded and taken prisoner he was later transported to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland.
 
Sources
St Nazaire Society website.

WILSON, Alistair, D.

Known as: 
Willie
Lieutenant (later Honorary Captain)
No 9 Commando
Seaforth Highlanders
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Alistair Wilson was one of the commando contingent who embarked on Motor Launch ML 443 for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942 [1].
  • Evacuated back to the UK, he rejoined No.9 Commando and in 1943 received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Italy [2]

WOODCOCK, Mark

Lieutenant
No 3 Commando
Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Mark Woodcock was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action at sea. Officer in charge of a demolition team who had embarked on motor launch ML 262. He has no known grave.

WOODIWISS, Arthur Frank

Known as: 
Buster
Cpl Arthur Woodiwiss MM 2 Commando
Corporal
No 2 Commando
Queen's Royal Regiment
Military Medal (MM)

Corporal Arthur Woodiwiss, known as ‘Buster’, 3 troop, was one of the Commando contingent who embarked on HMS Campbeltown for Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire.

WOODMAN, Robert Salonicka

Fusilier
No 2 Commando
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Robert Woodman, 6 troop, was reported missing on 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later presumed killed in action. He had embarked for the raid on motor launch ML 192 and has no known grave. Son of Mrs. A. Woodman, of Battersea, London.
 

WRIGHT, Robert Ernest

Corporal Robert Wright 12 Commando
Bob Wright
Corporal
No 12 Commando
Royal Engineers
Corporal Robert Wright was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St. Nazaire, France, later found to be wounded and a prisoner of war. He embarked for the raid on HMS Campbeltown.
Obituary

YOUNG, Arthur

Lance Corporal
No 2 Commando
Gordon Highlanders (The London Scottish)
Mentioned in Despatches

Lance Corporal Arthur Young, 6 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished serviceduring the raid on St. Nazaire on the night of 27th March, 1942.  Embarking on board motor launch ML 192 he was captured after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag V111(b). 
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