The Fallen from 4 Commando

Below is an A-Z view of the Roll of Honour with information about each of the Fallen. Displaying 1 - 93 of 93

BALL, Joseph

Funeral of Fus. Joseph Ball No 4 Commando
No 4 Commando

Fusilier Joseph Ball was shot and killed in circumstances that remain to this day somewhat lacking of any official acount.  It is believed that the fatal shot was fired by a patrol of the Dutch Navy.

Photos of his funeral are in our gallery.  [Go to gallery.]

BARRASS, Nicholas William

No 4 Commando
Lieutenant Nicholas Barrass died during operations at Flushing.
Whilst engaged in a house clearance, he was killed by a sniper who fired from an adjacent building. The author of the book below describes him as being "a tall quiet spoken policeman, who had played football for Gateshead. "
(Source: Swiftly They Struck by Murdoch C. McDougall who served as a Lieut. in No 4 Commando.) 

CHITTY, John Albert

No 4 Commando
Lance Sergeant John Chitty, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.


No 4 Commando
Private Henry Donkin, 'F' troop,  a veteran of Dunkirk, was shot and killed whilst engaging the enemy during operations at Flushing.
The Fighting Fourth by Maj James Dunning.

ELMS, Frank

No 4 Commando
Second Lieutenant Frank Elms died during operations at Normandy.

The No 4 Commando War Diary records
"5th to 6th July 1944 Place: Hauger - A patrol under Lieut. Elms proceeded to recce the BOIS DU BOISSON - GONNEVILLE ROAD for the purpose of observing enemy movements and locating any possible new dispositions for the intended fighting patrol that was to put in an attack in that area at night. Lieut. Elms had the misfortune to be hit and severely wounded when approaching the FDLs and later died."

HINDE, Albert Leslie

No 4 Commando
Bombardier Albert Hinde from Sheffield died as a result of an accident in Scotland. He was attested into the Royal Artillery on 17 February 1930 and had served in India and later at Dunkirk with the British expeditionary Force. After joining No.4 Commando he took part in the Lofoten Islands raid. He was buried with military honours, Captain Porteous [more....] and others from his commando in attendance. 

HOODLESS, Donald Samuel

No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Donald Hoodless, 'C' troop and a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died by drowning during a training exercise codenamed Exercise Brandyball. This was a mock seaborne raid on cliffs near Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall known as The Brandys.

HOOPER, Owen Gerrard

No 4 Commando
Private Owen Hooper died of wounds during operations at Flushing, Holland.
The following detail was supplied by John Martin 
"Pte Owen Hooper was killed next to my uncle, Sgt Donald Martin (No 4 Commando). There was hard house to house fighting in Flushing. My uncle sought to gain entry into a house under enemy fire.

LAUX, Pierre

Pierre Laux 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Private Pierre Laux died during operations at Flushing, Holland.
A full report after the operation records the following under 3 Troop, page 24:
"The distance between the harbour area and the first objective, BRAEMAR, was covered as fast as possible, and the first objective was reached at first light, 0700 hours. On the way to the first objective Gnr. Harvey was killed by enemy MG fire.

MACKENZIE, Alistair Campbell

No 4 Commando
Lieutenant Alistair Mackenzie died in an accident at Troon.
Educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, he entered the University to take Economics, and became an enthusiastic member of the O.T.C., distinguishing himself in shooting. He took part in the Lofoten Islands raid.
He received his commission to 2/Lt on the 2nd October 1939. The entry in London Gazettes shows his first name spelt as Alister.


Original grave of Cpl Maybury 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Corporal John Maybury, 2 troop, was shot and killed during Operations Intemperate 1 and 2, against the German occupied island of Schouwen, Holland [1][2][3]
  • June 1944 (Lance Corporal) (No.4 Commando) wounded at Normandy [4].
  • Major James Dunning, No.4 Cdo and CBTC,  later described him as "an ex-guardsman and one of the Commando's star footballers, who had been with the unit from its earliest days" [3].

[1] CWGC.

MERCER, Duncan Thompson

No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Duncan Mercer died 5 days after operations at Dieppe. He has no known grave.

Stephen, son of Bill Lewis 3 Commando, adds, "Duncan was in 4 Commando on the Varengeville Battery Raid. He is commemorated at the Brookwood Memorial in Surrey and at the little church in Varengeville- sur-Mer. He worked with my mother as a greengrocers delivery boy and then joined the Kings Regiment. He was very popular and terribly missed."

PARK, John

No 4 Commando

Sergeant John Park was a veteran of the Dieppe raid. At the time of Sgt. Park's death units from his Commando were engaged on raids along the French coast (Hardtack raids). It is believed he may have drowned during one such raid at Gravelines, France.

View an entry about this Commando on our Forum Sgt John Park No 4 Commando.


Joe Pasquale 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Joseph Pasquale, a veteran of Dieppe, died when a mortar shell exploded near him during operations at Normandy on DDay.
Joseph was the son of Joseph Pasquale (Snr) and Winifred (nee Tunney) of Liverpool. He was born in 1919, and married Jean Marion Lucille (nee Carter) in Lewes, Sussex in 1943. Joseph is commemorated on the family headstone in Ford Cemetery, Liverpool. The inscription on his headstone in Hermanville War Cemetery reads: "Sweet and treasured memory of my darling husband who gave his life on D-Day".

PETTIWARD, Roger Gamelyn

No 4 Commando
Captain Roger Pettiward, 'F' troop, died during operations at Dieppe in 1942. 
Born in 1906 and educated at Eton and Christchurch, Oxford,  Roger Pettiward was a painter and well known comic artist in the 1930's. He used the signature of 'Paul Crum' on his cartoons, many being published in periodicals such as 'Punch' [view some of his cartoons].


No 4 Commando
Private John Sievewright died during operations at Normandy after volunteering to go forward to assist his seriously injured troop officer Captain Style.
The Fighting Fourth by Major James Dunning.


No 4 Commando
Gunner Fred Smith died of wounds during operations at Normandy, France. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches for "gallant and distinguished service in Normandy."
London Gazette 36720, page 4474.


Pte John Stoddart 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Private John Stoddart died during operations at Flushing, Holland.
John 'Jack' Stoddart enlisted on a short service engagement with the Royal Scots (s/n 26333) on the 23rd October 1920 aged 17 years. He served in India from the 18th February 1922 until the 10th April 1926. He was discharged on the 22nd October 1932. On the 6th November 1939 he re-enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers TA and was then transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He then volunteered for No 4 Commando.

SUTTON, George Henry

George Sutton 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Private George Sutton, from Hull, died during operations at Dieppe. In a letter to his parents Lord Lovat wrote, " Your son fought magnificently and died in the hour of victory. No man can do more. He is a credit to his Commando and his Country. " 
A former pupil of Scarborough Street School, he had been in the Army for over 2 years.
Newspaper article in the No.4 Commando gallery.

TUCKER, George Arthur

No 4 Commando
Signalman George Tucker died during operations at Dieppe.
Commonwealth War Grave Commission inscription
"Killed in action and buried at the time in Ste. Marguerite-Sur-Mer Churchyard whose grave is now lost. Their glory shall not be blotted out."

WALKER, Alfred John

No 4 Commando
Lance Sergeant Alfred Walker, a veteran of the Dieppe raid, died during operations at Flushing.
It was while marshalling the prisoners into loading parties that L/Sgt. A. J. Walker was fatally wounded by a shell which burst on the Oranje Molen promontory.
Intelligence Report quoted in a forum message HERE.

WARD, Arthur William

LCpl AW Ward 4 Commando
No 4 Commando
Lance Corporal Arthur Ward died during operations at Normandy.
He served in the Wolverhampton Police Force for 3 years before the war. His three brothers also served in the Armed Forces, and his sister nursed in a military hospital.
CVA Gallery newspaper cutting.


Lieutenant Wellesley-Colley
No 4 Commando
Lieutenant Phillip Anthony Wellesley-Colley died during operations at Normandy, France.
1929 to 1936 attended Downside School.
1937 joined the South Nottinghamshire Hussars T.A.
1940 posted to the Middle East. Injured and hospitalised playing rugby after which he volunteered for the Commandos.
Downside School Roll of Honour [view].
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