Small Scale Raiding Force

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'French coast - Operation Farenheit'

Wednesday, November 11, 1942


Pointe du Plouezec
48° 45' 16.5924" N, 2° 55' 47.2476" W

An overnight intelligence gathering raid on a signals station on the French coast at Pointe de Plouézec. The raiding force set out from Dartmouth harbour on board MTB 344, commanded by Lt. Cdr. Freddie Bourne RN and crew, accompanied by a small number of commandos who used a Dory to land.
Officers included Major Geoffrey Appleyard, Captain's Peter Kemp and Captain Oswald Rooney. Commando NCO's included amongst others Sgt Sam Brodison, Sgt. Barry, and LCpl Ellis Howells.


Victor Adderton MM 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Military Medal (MM)
Private Victor Adderton was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe [1][2]. 

BRODISON, Samuel James

Sam Brodison
CSM Samuel Brodison MM 12 Commnando
Company Sergeant Major (later RSM)
No 10 Commando
No 12 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
Royal Irish Fusiliers
Military Medal (MM)
Company Sergeant Major Samuel Brodison was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service carrying out beach obstacle reconnaissance in France during May 1944 [1][2].


Ellis Howells 1st SBS
Lance Corporal Ellis Howes
Lance Corporal
No 12 Commando
Small Scale Raiding Force
South Wales Borderers
Special Air Service Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Ellis Howells was killed in action having left the Commandos and joined the 1st Special Boat Service, S.A.S. Regiment, Army Air Corps. He died during an attack on a railway bridge at Limpljani in the former Yugoslavia. Previously served No.12 Commando,  the Small Scale Raiding Force, No.10 (Inter Allied) Commando, and Fynnforce.

ROBINSON, Joseph Henry

Known as: 
Joseph Henry Robinson SAS
No 12 Commando
Royal Artillery
'E' Troop No.12 Commando and SSRF.
1 April 1944 to 2 SAS, Army Air Corps.
24 September 1944 (Sergeant) (2 SAS) wounded during operations in North West Europe.
Royal Artillery Attestations Register 1939.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/83.

SHORTALL, James Patrick

Royal Fusiliers
Corporal James Shortall was taken prisoner of war and executed whilst serving with the 2nd Special Air Service Regiment.
He had previously served in No.8 Commando in October 1940 and by March 1941 had moved to No.3 Commando. In April 1943 he was posted to 62 Commando SSRF whilst in North Africa which formed the foundation on which 2nd SAS was raised on 13 May.

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