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'Veterans return to Norway'

Extract from Commando Association newsletter 95 (1992).
RETURN TO NORWAY
Harry Pitman (No.1 Commando and No. 2 Independent Company) and John Wall (No. 5 Commando and No. 4 Independent Company) returned to Norway in May as the guests of the Norwegian No.14 Infantry Regiment to attend a ceremony in the Saltdal area, and a historical seminar. At the ceremony 30 Norwegian veterans received war medals for the service they gave throughout the war. This was followed by a lecture on the events in Saltdal in 1940.
 

ALLEN, Richard Henry

Fusilier
4193131
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 7th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Richard Allen, No. 2 Independent Company, was reported missing 28 May 1940 later confirmed as killed in action during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

BALDWIN, Charles William

Sergeant
4183553
No 2 Independent Company
Monmouthshire Regiment, 2nd Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Charles Baldwin was killed in action during operations at Pothus, Norway (Scissors Force). Son of George and Elizabeth Baldwin; husband of Inez Jane Baldwin, of Penram, Glamorgan.
Service
10.01.1922 attested into the Royal Welch Fusiliers aged 20. Former trade: Haulier.
03.11.1925 transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment.

CAPES, Robert Edward

Private
4104659
Independent Companies and Special Service Battalions
2nd Bn Herefordshire Regiment King's Shropshire L.I.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Robert Capes, No. 2 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

CRIPPIN, Ronald

RQMS Ron Crippin 2 Commando
Warrant Officer 2
S/136147
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)

DAVIES, Thomas Henry

Second Lieutenant
89660
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Thomas Davies, No. 2 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.
 
Sources
CWGC.
 

GODSELL, Ernest

Corporal
4193262
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers, 7th Bn.
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Ernest Godsell, No. 2 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

JONES, Hubert

Hubert Jones 1 Commando
Corporal
2073288
No 1 Commando
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal Hubert Jones, No.1 Commando, was killed in action during operations at Kangaw, Burma. Son of Benjamin Hubert and Gladys Jones, of Bishopston, Glamorgan.
  • 1 May 1939 enlisted Royal Engineers.

LAVENDER, Ivor William

Company Quartermaster Sergeant
2202727
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Welch Fusiliers 4th Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds

Company Quartermaster Sergeant Ivor Lavender, No. 2 Independent Company, died during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

MAYO, J.W.T.

Sapper
6461894
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Engineers

Sapper Mayo was wounded in May 1940 during operations with the North Western Expeditionary Force in Norway (Scissors Force). 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/13.

NIXON, Malvern

Private
3056939
No 11 Commando
SAS
Royal Scots
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Malvern Nixon died when his jeep patrol was attacked whilst en route to harass the enemy in Southern Tunisia. He was serving with 1st SAS  ('B' Sqn.) at the time of his death having left the Commandos.

PITMAN, Henry James

Known as: 
Harry
Pitman 1 Commando
Corporal
No 1 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
Post war member of the Commando Association from Cardiff, South Wales.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletters 95 (1992) and obituaries in 118 (2004).
[Image] Cropped from image in Gallery titled 'Roy Halfpenny, Harry Pitman, and No.1 Cdo. comrades'.
 

ROBERTS, R.G.

Lance Corporal
839459
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Engineers

Lance Corporal Roberts was wounded in May 1940 during operations with the North Western Expeditionary Force in Norway (Scissors Force). 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/13.

THOMAS, A.J.

Sapper
3959708
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Engineers
07.03.1938 enlisted Royal Engineers.
22.05.1940 attached No.2 Independent Company wounded during operations Norway (Scissors Force).
Served with units of the Corps of Royal Engineers for the remainder of the war.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/13.

THOMAS, Lewis

Sapper
2068257
No 2 Independent Company
Royal Engineers
Killed in action or died of wounds

Sapper Lewis Thomas was killed in action during operations in Norway as part of Scissors Force.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/13.

TREVOR, Thomas Hoult (Lt Col)

Known as: 
Senior
Lieutenant Colonel
53563
No 1 Commando
No 2 Independent Company
Welch Regiment
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Thomas Trevor was 2i/c of No 2 Independent Company when they sailed as part of Scissors Force (Operation Avonmouth) to take part in the Combined Operations raid on Norway. After this, with the disbandment of the Independent Companies, he joined the newly raised No 1 Commando.
 

WINTLE, John Henry

Lance Corporal
3964212
No 2 Independent Company
Welch Regiment, 4th Bn
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal John Wintle was attached to No.2 Independent Company when killed in action during operations at Pothus, Norway (Scissors Force). He has no known grave.

Sources
CWGC.
No.2 Independent Company War Diary Casualties at Bodo and Pothus / National Archives file WO168/106.


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