The Fallen from 3 Commando

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 188 of 188

ADDERLEY, Rex Alsager

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sapper Rex Adderley was reported missing after operations at Dieppe, France, and was later presumed killed in action at sea. He has no known grave [1][2]
He enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 21 June 1939 and, after volunteering, was attached to No.3 Commando on 7 July 1940 [3].

ALDERSON, John

No 3 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Alderson MC, OC 6 troop,  died during the fighting at Leese, Germany. He had rejoined No.3 Commando after being wounded in the knee at Amfreville during the Normandy landings. He was awarded the Military Cross "In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy."
 
Citation

BAKER, Fred

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Fred Baker, 1 troop,  died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

BOYCE, John Douglas

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Boyce died during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 262.
 
Sources
CWGC.
St Nazaire Society.
 

BOYLE, Francis

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Francis Boyle died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BRIDLE, Desmond George

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Desmond Bridle died in Normandy, France, during operations near the Chateau d'Amfreville. He was from South Harrow and one of the Metropoltan Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was residing at the Police Section House, Judd Street, Camden.
 
Sources
CWGC

BROSTER, John

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Broster died as a result of operations at Dieppe. 

Sources
CWGC
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

BUTLER, Brian Dear

No 3 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major Brian Butler MC died [1] at Chateau d'Amfreville during severe mortaring of their HQ. Five others also died. Lt T.N. Skelly and three others were wounded [2]. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross [3] whilst a Troop Captain for gallant and distinguished services on the 4th October 1943 at Termoli, Italy [4].

CAMPBELL, Leslie

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman Leslie 'Jock' Campbell, 3 troop, died during operations at Normandy on D Day [1]. The grave where he was first buried is shown in a film taken at Pegasus Bridge on the 28th July 1944 and now on the IWM website [view film]. [2].

CARLISLE, Alan

Alan Carlisle 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Alan Carlisle, 4 Troop, died during operations at Vaagso, Norway. He was buried at sea after a service on board HMS Kenya.
  • Enlisted 1937; deployed to France 1939; volunteered for Commandos after Dunkirk; joined No.3 Commando and took part in the Lofoten Islands raid in March 1941.
  • See Linked Content below for more.

CARTER, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Thomas Carter from Yorkshire died in a boating accident at Largs.
 
Extract from the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 06 June 1942

CHILLINGWORTH, Albert Edward

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Albert Chillingworth died in the UK of wounds inflicted during operations at Normandy.
 
  • Enlisted 4 November 1940.
  • Posted Commando Depot 12 October 1942. 
  • Joined No 3 Commando 11 November 1942.
Sources
CWGC
Extract from service record in gallery entry.

CLARKE, Hilary Laurence

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Fusilier Hilary Clarke, died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
A serving Metropolitan Police Officer he volunteered as one of the Police Intakes to the Commandos. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 19 Fielding Road, West Holland Park, London. 
 

Sources
CWGC.

COAKER, Vernon

Vernon Coaker 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
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.

COLBERT, Thomas

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Thomas Colbert died during operations at Linne, Germany.
 
An entry in the War Diary states "1502 hrs; 10 shells (88mm) on Area LINNE from brg 40 degrees 749861  LCpl COLBERT wounded in 6 tp area when delivering mail - died on way to hospital."
 
Sources
CWGC

CONYARD, James

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner James Conyard died during operations at Cassibile, Sicily.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

COOPER, George William

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner George Cooper died during operations at Dieppe, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/64.

RA Casualty Cards 1939-1947.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

CORRY, Samuel David

No 3 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Samuel Corry died during operations at Dieppe. He had been Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
 
Sources
CWGC
London Gazette 35510, page 1506.
 

CULLING, William

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Sergeant William Culling, 2 troop, died during operations at Vaagso, Norway.

Sources
CWGC.

German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/154/259.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

DAVIES, Joseph Reginald

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Joseph Davies died of wounds inflicted during operations at the River Alller, Germany.

Sources
CWGC
No 3 Cdo. War Diary Appendix D (No.1) List of Battle Casualties April 1945. National Archives WO/218/83.
 

DAY, James Henry

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Bombardier James Day died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).
1933 attested into the Royal Artillery. 10 January 1936 posted Army Reserve.
 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65 ( 2 records).
RA Attestation Register 1933.

DORSETT, Richard

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Richard Dorsett, 1 troop, died of wounds received on the 12th June during operations in Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No 3 Cdo War Diary June 1944 Appendix E, No.1.

DRANSFIELD, Keith Charles

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Keith Dransfield died at sea.  The exact circumstances of his death are not known. However a report in the Cheshire Observer 28 August 1943 notes him as missing believed drowned. This is supported by the Army Casualty Lists which list him initially as "At Sea - Missing 17 June 1943".

EVANS, Gwilym

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Gwilym Evans was killed during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (later called 3 Commando Bridge).

FERGUSON, Bryan Gratney

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Bryan Ferguson died in the UK on 22 February 1994 of wounds inflicted on 5 October 1943 during operations in Italy, this date being that of Operation Devon at Termoli.
 
Sources
CWGC.
British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45.
 

FLOYD, William Gerald

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal William Floyd died during operations at Termoli, Italy, in 1943. 
  • 19 August 1942 wounded during operations at Dieppe.
Sources
CWGC.

Casualty Records / National Archives file WO417/49.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

GILES, John Frederick

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain John Giles, 3 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. He had served with No 3 Commando since their first raid on Guernsey.

John Giles received his first commission into the Gloucestershire Regiment and won the heavy-weight boxing championship of the Army Southern Command. He also played rugby for Clifton Rugby Football Club.

GREIG, Charles

No 3 Commando
Died on war service
Private Charles Greig was accidentally killed in India. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3 Commando.  This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war.

HARDING, Richard

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal Richard Harding died operations at Dieppe.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HARRISON, Norman

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Norman Harrison died during operations at Dieppe.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HERN, Gordon

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Gordon Hern died during early Italian beach reconnaissance. 

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HEWITT, John Lionel

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private John Hewitt died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

HODGSON, George

No 3 Commando
Military Medal (MM)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal George Hodgson MM, 3 troop, died during operations at Amfreville, Normandy.  
 
In his book Storm from the Sea, Brig Peter Young states " Whilst I was visiting 3 troop, a random shell mortally wounded LCpl Hodgson who did not live to wear the MM he had won on D Day."
 

HUGHES, Charles Richard

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Sergeant Charles Hughes, 2 troop, died during operations at Vaagso. The incident where he was shot is described in the book Storm from the Sea by Brig. Peter Young.
 
Service Record entries
27/1/40 Posted as a Lance Corporal to 309 ITC (Infantry Training Centre) at Blandford Camp, Dorset

HUTCHINGS, John Middleton

2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
Original grave of 2Lt Hutchings 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant John Hutchings died [1] during operations in the area of Maasbracht and Brachterbreek, Netherlands.
 
The No 3 Commando War Diary entry for 23rd January 1945 at Maasbracht: "2400hrs  3 Troop patrol returns. Lieut J.M Hutchings, RWF's killed. Patrol met Mortar fire and MG fire.  729859."
 

JACKMAN, Leonard Thomas

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Leonard Jackman died during operations at Dieppe.
 
The following is from a CVA forum message, "I believe that Len Jackman and my Grandfather Stan Hailes joined No. 3 Commando on its first day.  Stan once told me that a small group of volunteers from the Duke of Wellington's were marched to the parade by Sgt Hobson. The group included:

KENWARD, Peter John

Peter John Kenward
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Peter Kenward, B.A., died during operations at Dieppe [1].
 
Gunner Peter John Kenward, late Cadet Sgt. Bradfield College contingent June Div., OTC, was commissioned on the 2nd September 1939 [2].
 

KIAER, Eric Arnold

No 3 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Eric Kiaer died [1] during the Normandy landings. He had previously been Mentioned in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished services in the field. [2]"

KNILL, Ivor Richard

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Ivor Knill died during operations in Le Plain Gruchet, France.
 
Whilst the actual circumstances of his death are not known by this archive,  No 3 Commando, with the rest of the 1st Special Service Brigade, were engaged at the time in an operation in the area of Le Plain Gruchet to infiltrate enemy lines and continue the offensive towards the Seine.

LACEY, John Anthony

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private John Lacey was reported missing on 19 August 1942 during operations at Dieppe, France. He was later presumed killed in action.
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express.

LANE, William

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lance Corporal William Lane died during operations at Vaagso.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

LEA, Charles

Grave of Pte Charles Lea
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Charles Lea died during operations at Termoli.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

LEESE, Lincoln

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Lincoln Leese died during operations at Termoli after an enemy shell hit the building they were using as Commando HQ. He had previously lost an eye after being shot during operations at Malati Bridge whilst Captain of 1 troop.
 

LLOYD, William Eric

No 3 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds

Captain William Lloyd, 4 troop, died during operations at Agnone and the Bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge). He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field.

LOUSTALOT, Edward Vincent

Lt Edward Loustalot 1st US Rangers
No 3 Commando
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Second Lieutenant Edward Loustalot, 1st US Ranger Bn., died during operations at Dieppe. He was the first American soldier to die on European soil in WW2.
 
Posthumous Mention in Despatches

MCCAUGHAN, James Andrew

No 3 Commando
The circumstances of the death of Sergeant James McCaughan are not known to this archive. He is buried in a war cemetery in Myanmar and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his secondary unit as No. 3Commando. This Commando unit never served in that theatre of war. However the 3rd Commando Brigade (Nos.42RM and 44RM, and Nos.1 and 5 Army Commandos) did serve there.
 

MCGONNIGLE, James

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Guardsman James McGonnigle died during operations at Issel in Germany.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

MILLS, Reginald Ashley

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Guardsman Reginald Mills, 4 troop, was reported wounded and missing, presumed killed in action , on or shortly after 7 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. He has no known grave. Reg, a former shop lad, was attested into the Coldstream Guards aged 18 on the 19th August 1942 before volunteering for the Commandos.

NEEDHAM, Henry Joseph

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private Henry Needham died during operations at Agnone, Sicily, and the bridge at Malati (3 Commando Bridge).

Sources
CWGC.

Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/65.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

PEEL, Clifford

No 3 Commando
Died on war service
Gunner Clifford Peel, from Stockport, and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died of wounds from a grenade after an accident at a firing range at Fort de L'Eau, Algeria. A former pupil from Denton Council School he worked as a grocery assistant before joining the Army in 1940. 
 
Sources
CWGC.

PERRIE, Thomas

Thomas Perrie 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Thomas Perrie died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at Malati (No.3 Commando Bridge).
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
[Image] Taken from a No. 3 Cdo. 5 troop photo in our gallery dated Dec. 1941.
 

PIENAAR, W. F.

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Pienaar, seconded to No 3 Commando from the South African Forces, died during operations at Agnone and the bridge at 

POOLEY, John Bertram Vaughan

No 3 Commando
Military Cross (MC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Pooley MC died during operations at Normandy. 
 
He had been promoted from the rank of Gunner in the Royal Artillery (TA) to be 2/Lt from the 10th January 1940.  After joining No 3 Commando he was awarded the Military Cross whilst a T/Captain in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sicily.
 

ROBB, James

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Private James Robb died during operations at Normandy, France.

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/79.

ROBINSON, John James

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Corporal John Robinson, 1 troop, died when shot by a sniper during operations at Le Mesnil.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

SMITH, Joseph

No 3 Commando
Died on war service
Died in the UK
Gunner Joseph Smith died as a result of a ricochet from a bullet, or a fragment of stone or other hard material, cast up from the strike of a bullet in the course of military training.
 
Sources
CWGC.
No 3 Cdo War Diary June-Dec. 1940, ref WO/218/3.
 

SPIERS, Eric

Eric Spiers 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Eric Spiers, 4 Troop, was one of the early volunteers for the Army Commandos.
A veteran of the Vaagso raid (Operation Archery) in December 1941 during which he was wounded, he remained with No.3 Commando until killed in action during operations in Normandy, France.
 
Sources
CWGC.

STEWARD, John Arthur

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Died in the UK
Private John Steward died of wounds received in September 1943.  He had been hospitalised from then until December when the Commando embarked for the UK, arriving back in Liverpool on the 4th January 1944.
 
Sources
CWGC.
The No 3 Commando War Diary.

TEASDALE, Fred

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Fred Teasdale died during operations at Dieppe.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.
 

THOMAS, James Howard

Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain James Thomas, 1st Forward Observation Unit Royal Artillery, was attached to No 3 Commando for the Dieppe raid when he was killed.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Grave Registration Report on the CWGC database.
 

VASEY, Godfrey

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Godfrey Vasey died during early Italian beach reconnaissance.
 
Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando - Memoirs of a Fighting Commando by Brig. John Durnford-Slater.
 

WALL, William

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Gunner William Wall from Birmingham died during operations at Dieppe, France. 

Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/50.

RA Casualty Cards 1939-1947.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

WHITTLES, Graham

Private Graham Whittles 3 Commando
No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private Graham Whittles died during operations at Normandy in the area of Chateau d'Amfreville.
 
No. 3 Commando War Diary 
14 July 1944 Chateau D'Amfreville 

WILLIAMS, Albert

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Fusilier Albert Williams died during operations at Termoli.

Sources
CWGC.
ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.

WILLS, Herbert Charles

No 3 Commando
Died on war service
Private Herbert Wills was reported missing during operations at Dieppe on 19 August 1942 and  later found to have become a prisoner of war. He was transported to Stalag 344 in Poland where he later died. Cause of death is not known to this archive.
 
Sources
CWGC.

WOODCOCK, Mark

No 3 Commando
Killed in action or died of wounds

Lieutenant Mark Woodcock died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was Officer in Charge of a demolition team on Motor Launch ML 262.


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