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Thornley Ernest RM - Walcheren
Henry CS Maine
Unknown Soldier in Holland
Norman (Leo) Rowlands No 4 Commando
Norman Henderson No 4 Commando
Denys Knight & Mavis Bills PLUTO
Reginald G Smith (Nova Scotia)
Robert & Leigh Orwig
Wanted! WW2 Memories
George Thompson, Grenadier Guards
Douglas H Ward, RN, Burma
Gordon Pitt PLUTO
Herbert A Tattersfield 64th Royal
Eric 'Tiny' Ewing , 1 KOSB, D-Day
What did my Dad do in the War?
Ronald H Puttick
Jimmy Cummings RN Commando
William 'Lofty' Atkinson 1st Border Rgt
Frank Kerr 52 LCT Flotilla
George Green 5th Tank Regiment
Mne Harold May LCG1(L) Walcheren
Fred Walker No 3 Commando
ME Commando - John Garcia
Ernest Albert Cawley
Sydney 'Ted' Conquest
Capt Ronald GK Hardey - No 6 Commando
William (Bill) Marriot
Ernest Roy Brown - LCT(A) 2191
Alan A Haydon No 12 Commando
Frank Nightingale & George Martin 41 RM
Davey 'Taff' Jones, RN Petty Officer
Sam Bassett, Commando
Lt. St. George Paulin Walker RNVR
'Scouse' Joel or Joe Joel
Lt/Col Leonard James Allen.
James T H Todd, Ist Para RE
Gerald Blake, No 7 Commando
Edwin 'Eddie' L Nettleton
Lt James A Noble RNVR
David T Owen COPP7
George Haines LCT 977
Bertie Lowe Royal Engineers
Robert Albert Bell
Stanley 'Mickey' Maguire
LCA Flotilla - P
Jones & D Yates
Paul Richardson, Petty Officer.
Dougie Hollingsworth & Andy Newham - No 4
Henry 'Cliff' Elcome RAF SC 3204
Norman Edmund White
Wilfred R. Crowe - No. 7 Cmdo/No. 3 Special Services Battalion/No. 11
Capt T N B Coulson R A
Sam Ross RM - 537 Flotilla D-Day
Donald SABIN RN- Leading Telegraphist.
Albert Harmer RM
AB Bob Bradley - LCI(S) 535
Frederick Skillin RM
Act. Capt Kenneth C Weedy
Leonard 'Rainbow' Thompson
Roland 'Ron' Dabson
Bill Wright, HMS Ambitious
John T Callister
Sgt Joseph Good
Mne Ronald J Jacobs
Sgt Charles Pendleton
Derek R Quick
Pte William Morris
Victor Frederick Golder
Frank Blackburn 47 RM Cdo
Major Jack Crane - COPP1
Albert Edward Spring
Fred Lister 45 RM Cdo
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George Black 'Dod' Orsborne
Stanley Gordon Rivers-Smith
George Lesley Thomas, Royal Marine Commando
Leading Seaman Peter Lankester
Daniel George Hawes - LCT 390
Leopold Charron, Quebec de
Regiment. Dieppe Raid
Joseph Deakin, No 5 Army Commando.
Jack Parkinson - Coastal Command & Combined Operations
Kenneth (Nipper) Turnbull
Alfred Henry Greenland. I am
trying to find out more about my father Alfred Henry Greenland. He joined
the Royal Navy on 31/3/1942 at HMS Duke, Malvern, a RN Training
Establishment. He was a Stoker with service number CKX152998. During the D
day operation, I understand my dad assisted American troops to their landing
beaches. Unfortunately his mother ship was sunk but my dad was on a landing
craft and survived. He left the RN on 18/8/1944 to join the Welch Regiment
and in December 1944 he joined No 1 Para and served until 29/3/1947
followed by the TA reserves. Sadly, my Dad died in 1993 and never
really discussed his time during the war. I hold his medals and some history
from the Ministry of Defence.
know this is a very difficult request but any information regarding my dad’s
war service, particularly from June 44 to September 44, when I understand
him to be involved in the invasion of France.
His address at that time was 3 Kellet Road, Carnforth, Lancashire. His older
brother Robert had already joined the Navy and he followed him.
Lorna Greenland Manlove
Edward Doble, Welch Regiment.
I'm trying to find ANY information on my grandfathers army records from
anyone who knew him. In 1982, he died, aged 61, when I was 16. I know that
my grampa was in Burma and in 1943 was second lieutenant, I think maybe
promoted Captain. He was with the Welch regiment and his army number was
3960505. Any information would be hugely appreciated. Thanks.
(Nipper) Turnbull, KX161920 served in the RN from 1942 to
1946. We're keen to learn more about my father's wartime service and hope
that someone reading this may be able to fill in some of the blanks in our
We know, from his
service record that he was ‘lent’ to: 5/6 Flotilla from 29/11/43 -
30/11/43; 6 LBV Flotilla at Leith, Scotland from 01/12/43 - 15/12/43; St
Semans from 16/12/43 - 31/12/43 (What is this?); 6 LBV Flotilla 01/02/44 -
29/02/44; HMS Dragonfly from 01/03/44 - 07/11/44 after which he was sent
to India with Naval Party 2400 where he served in India and Singapore
I would like to
know if he was involved in the Normandy landings and, if so, what did he
do? I've seen reference, on this website, to a 'Stoker Turnbull' serving
on HM LCT 861. Could this be him? We know
he was at Dragonfly, which, at various times, was a Combined Operations
"Suspense" Base on Hayling Island, a Mobile Landing Craft
Advanced Base (MOLCAB)
assembly point and a Landing Barge
Base including NP 2400 and 2401 in 1945. Basically, we know
he was on landing craft but we don’t know where he was deployed. Please
take a look at
the photo and if you recognise him, or know anything about him, please get
Parkinson - Coastal Command & Combined Operations. I wonder if
anyone has information about my father, Jack Parkinson, who joined the RAF
at the start of WW2. He was in Coastal Command where he had an accident
which resulted in facial burns. After this, he joined Combined Operations.
He was very good at radio and technical stuff and some of his closest
friends were Canadians. He spent time in Africa, Italy, Egypt and Sicily.
He didn't speak about his experiences and although my uncle told me some
things, I would really like to know more. He was also a brilliant
artist. He died in 1993.
Joseph Deakin, No 5 Army
Commando. I'm looking for a Joseph Deakin of No 5 Army Commando.
Black Watch training in Shanklin, Isle of
Wight in 1943. Likely in unit boxing team. Will now be in mid 90s. Any
information will be gratefully received. Many thanks. John Holmberg.
Charron, Dieppe Raid.
keen to make contact with anyone who knows of the last resting place of my
late grandpapa, Private Leopold Charron who served in the Quebec de Regiment
in WW2. A newspaper cutting from the
Winnipeg Free Press of Saturday, September 19, 1942, includes the following
entry under 'missing' following the Dieppe Raid; 'Charron,
Leopold, Pte., D63062, Mrs. Rose Emma Charron 6518A St. Dominique street,
As far as I know my late grandpapa lived and
died in Montreal and had a brother Lucien. If anyone has any information on
his last resting place or living relatives, I would be eternally grateful to
hear from them. It would mean so much to me. Please contact me at the email
Thank you in
Je suis très
intéressée de prendre contact avec toute personne qui connaîtrait
l'endroit où repose mon grand-père, private Léopold Charron qui a servi
dans le régiment de Québec pendant la première guerre mondiale. Un extrait
du journal "thé Winnipeg free press" du samedi 19 septembre 1942 inclut ce
qui suit sous la rubrique "disparu" suite au raid sur Dieppe: 'Charron,
Leopold, Pte., D63062, Mrs. Rose Emma Charron 6518A St. Dominique street,
Montreal, Que'. Je
crois que mon grand-père a vécu et est décédé à Montréal et qu'il avait un
frère Lucien. Je remercie quiconque a des informations sur l'endroit où il
repose ou sur tout autre membre de sa famille encore en vie de me
contacter. Veuillez utiliser l'adresse email à côté. En vous remerciant
chaleureusement à l'avance de votre aide.
Daniel George Hawes, LCT 390.
I am trying to find out as much
as I can about my Brother-in-Law Daniel George Hawes ( JX315161 ) who died
on LCT390 on 8th June 1944. I have obtained his Service History as follows:
HMS Dundonald ( Ordinary Seaman )
from 7th to 31st May 1942
HMS Dinosaur ( Ordinary Seaman )
from 1st to 8th June 1942
HMS Dundonald ( Ordinary Seaman )
from 9th to 15th June 1942
TLC 167 ( Ordinary Seaman ) from
16th June to 1st July 1942
HMS Dinosaur ( Ordinary Seaman )
from 2nd to 13th July 1942
Passage ( Ordinary Seaman ) 14th
HMS Paragon ( Ordinary Seaman) from
15th to 19th July 1942
HMS Dinosaur (Ordinary Seaman )
from 20th July to 8th August 1942
HMS Dinosaur ( Able Seaman ) from
9th August to 30th September 1942
HMS Dinosaur - LG362 6th Flotilla (
Able Seaman ) from 1st October to 5th November 1942
Passage ( Able Seaman) 6th November
HMS Paragon ( Able Seaman ) from
7th to 12th November 1942
HMS Dinosaur - LCT576 23rd Flotilla
( Able Seaman ) from 13th November to 31st December 1942
LCT576 ( Able Seaman) from 1st
January to 31st March 1943
HMS DInosaur ( Able Seaman) from
1st April to 10th April 1943
HMS Exmouth ( Able Seaman) From
11th to 28th April 1943
Passage ( Able Seaman ) 29th April
to 30th April 1943
HMS Brontosaurus ( Able Seaman )
from 1st May to 14th May 1943
HMS Brontosaurus ( Temporary Acting
Leading Seaman ) from 15th to 16th May 1943
HMS Dundonald ( Temporary Acting
Leading Seaman ) from 17th to 19th May 1943
HMS Dinosaur ( Temporary Acting
Leading Seaman ) from 20th to 31st May 1943
HMS Dundonald ( Temporary Acting
Leading Seaman ) 1st June
HMS Dinosaur ( Temporary Acting
Leading Seaman ) from 2nd to 30th June 1943
HMS Copra ( Temporary Acting
Leading Seaman ) 1st July 1943 to 31st January 1944
LCT723 ( Temporary Acting Leading
Seaman ) from1st February to 31st March 1944
HMS Copra ( Temporary Acting
Leading Seaman ) from 1st April to Date which was not recorded
LCT390 ( Temporary Acting Leading
Seaman ) from Date which was not recorded until Death on 8th June 1944
I would like to find out if anyone
reading knew him and could tell me anything about him and his life in the
Navy and if at all possible has anyone got a photograph of him as his
Sister was a baby in Arms at his death and has never seen one.
Many Thanks, Roger Tarry
Leading Seaman Peter Lankester. I was a Leading Seaman Cox'n in LCM
Flotilla 143/665 which embarked on three Liberty Ships from Liverpool in (I
think) April 1943 for North Africa. My passage was on the SS Ocean
Wanderer. We operated out of Didjeli and Messina aboard HMS Hamilcar and carried
out operations around Sicily, Italy and the South of France. I am now ninety
years of age and would like to hear from anyone who participated in these
operations or has a particular interest in them.
George Lesley Thomas
Royal Marine Commando. I am trying to find anyone who knew my uncle,
George Lesley Thomas ( known as Lesley ), who was a British marine commando.
He was 18 when he landed on Juno Beach in a tank and had his 19th birthday a
few days later. He died in 2009. I do have a few photographs. After D Day
he was sent to India, possibly near Calcutta. He did not talk about the war
until just a couple of years before he died. I would like to trace his
activities and time in the war to better understand what shaped his life and
[His closest kin can
apply for his official service record via the Veterans UK website
Stan Pilling RNVR.
trying to find out as much as possible about my grandfather Stan Pilling.
Sadly, Stan died in early 1960s before I was born, but I have recently
started to piece together his experiences in the royal Navy / Combined Ops,
from family memories, and various archive sources. He volunteered in 1940
and began training with the Combined Ops Royal Navy crews in 1941. I know
that he saw action at Dieppe aboard LCT121(5) and at White Queen SWORD Beach
as coxswain on LCT859. Both craft were beached and disabled during the
LCT121(5) being one of the famous craft
photographed blazing on the beach after the battle. He was fortunate enough
to survive unwounded, managing to make a desperate dash for one of the last
LCAs sent to withdraw troops from those terrible beaches. I have found this
much out about his crew mates at Dieppe:
Cyril, RNVR (Skipper) (wounded and taken prisoner, but not sure where he was
held. Released Apr/May 1945)
ROGERSON, James E, Sub Lieutenant RNVR (No other info thus far)
HEAMES, Harry, Able Seaman, C/JX 300067 (Likely Coxswain – named as Haines
in the memoirs of a surviving birth attendant on board LCT121 at Dieppe)
PILLING, Stanley, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX256386
(DOB 12/03/1912, age 30, from Manchester, and working the ramps at Dieppe)
CALLOWAY, Alfred W, P/SR 244 (listed as CALLAWAY in the POW records. He we
captured and was held until 1945 at Stalag 344, Lamsdorf, Poland)
ANDERSON, James W M, Motor Mechanic, P/MX 79193, (aged 21 - KIA. SON OF
GEORGE AND DAISY ANDERSON, OF ALDWICK, SUSSEX)
MALIN, Ronald R, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 324558 (aged 19 - KIA. SON OF CHARLES
RICHARD AND ROSE ELSIE MALIN, OF PLUMSTEAD, LONDON)
MOORE, Albert G, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 255320 (aged 27 - KIA. Son of Harry
and Kathleen Moore, Husband of Matilda Moore, of Ashtead, Surrey)
ADAMS, John, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX
357540 (aged ? - KIA)
PITT, Frank W, Ordinary Signalman, P/JX 322618 (aged 19- KIA)
TAYLOR, David, Able Seaman, P/JX 295532 (aged ? - KIA)
TAYLOR, Ronald F, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX 247223 (aged 31 - KIA - SON OF
ASHTON AND ELLA TAYLOR, OF LONGSIGHT, MANCHESTER)
I know that the Flight
Commander was also on board LCT121 with his steward:
BROWNELL, Harry P, Ty/Act/Lieutenant Commander, RANVR, killed
Kenneth C, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 243132 (He we captured and was held until
1945 at Stalag 344, Lamsdorf, Poland).
my research so far, of the known 14 naval personnel on board LCT121 - 8 were
killed, 3 were known to be wounded and captured, and one (my Granddad) got
back to England. What happened to Heames (Haines?) and Rogerson I haven't
been able to find any specific information.
far as LCT859 and Stan during the D-Day landings at SWORD (Queen White beach
is concerned I know that Stan was the coxswain and that 859 was transporting
the 9th (Irish) Field Battery which was part of 7th Field Regiment Royal
Artillery. They landed and unloaded their troops and vehicles okay but hit a
mine backing off. At which point my grandfather's best friend (Robert
Stafford) was killed. The only two crew members I have been able to
confirm thus far are:
BROWN, William Chalmers, Temporary Lieutenant R.N.V.R (skipper)
STAFFORD, Robert S, Petty Officer Motor Mechanic, C/MX 116403, DOW
anyone remembers any of the crewmen mentioned above, or knows of the other
names missing from LCT859, or has any information about either craft -
perhaps you were transported on them during Operation Jubilee or Neptune, or
one of the Dieppe training runs such as Yukon I and II - I would love to
hear from you. Many thanks.
Henry Bale, JX 514488. My
father joined the navy in April 1943 and served at the following
Royal Navy establishments;
Victory (Training), HMS Northney, HMS Dartmouth, HMS Westcliff, RN unit
Calshot, HMS Westcliff, HMS Sea Serpent, RN unit Calshot, HMS Sea Serpent,
LBE 56, HMS Copra, LST 3019, LST 3019, HMS Victory De- mobbed in Class A.
anyone knew my father I would, of course be delighted to hear from them
otherwise any information on any of the above bases would be helpful.
William Alfred Francis.
My father served on landing craft at Juno Beach
LCT 1047 or 2047,
most likely the latter.
He and Mum emigrated here to Western
Australia with my sister and I in
1954. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and great
grandfather. I would love to hear from anyone who may have any recollection
of my father or the craft he served on. He passed away on 18th April,
2012 aged 90. I have some black and white photos of his time in the navy,
and if anyone is interested would be happy to share them. There are no names
on the back of any of them. Cheers, Gillian Marshall.
Lt. Cdr. Stanley Gordon RIVERS-SMITH R.N.
My father died in 1946
and, sadly, I do not remember him. I'm now interested to find out about his
wartime service and would be very grateful to hear from anyone with
information likely to be of interest. What I do know is that he was
mentioned in despatches for his role in planning Operation Husky, the
invasion of Sicily. He had been moved from active service due to ill health.
Dad also commissioned the J class destroyer
HMS Jackal from John Brown’s shipyard on the Clyde and
was her First Officer during the Norwegian campaign. He was briefly in
command when his CO was not available.
Possibly the high point of his career was as
an ADC in the household of Lord Tweedsmuir’s (John Buchan, the Scottish
author and historian) while JB was Governor General of Canada.
I'm particularly interested in any information
about his role in Operation Husky and how to obtain a copy of his 'Mentioned
in Dispatches' citation. I would be proud to have a copy of it.
Many thanks in anticipation.
William Henry Chedzey.
I'm looking for information on my grandfather William (Bill) Henry
Chedzey, service No. JX214768/CO. I know he was in the RN Commandos and
was listed as serving on HMS Quebec and HMS Copra, but little information
beyond this. If anyone reading this has any information of possible
interest I'd be very grateful if you 'd get in touch Many hanks. Antony
George Black "Dod" Orsborne.
a Finnish journalist undertaking research into the war service of
George Black 'Dod' Orsborne and I'd be very interested to receive
any information about him or sources of information about him other
than his own books. Orsborne claims to have served in Combined
Operations under Lord Mountbatten on the Isle of Wight during WW2.
He wrote several books in the 1940/50s of his life at sea and in the
war, the best-known of which is 'Master of the Girl Pat' published
In his books Orsborne says that in 1942 he
was commissioned as a Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) Officer in a Special
Operations Unit. As such he participated in a number of operations
including Dieppe, Tobruk, the invasion of Sicily and Naples. On the Isle
of Wight he trained Commandos mostly on operating motor boats that were
used in operations. He was also a Beach-master on D-Day at Arromanches
in the 37th Marine Commando Group comprising both British and American
soldiers. I have not been able to find this unit from the D-Day
histories that I have read.
His war records confirm
that from Aug 1944 to Oct 1944 he attended or was assigned to
HMS Manatee, a landing craft base at Yarmouth on Isle of Wight
and from Feb 1945 to April 1946 he attended or was assigned to
HMS Braganza, a
RN base in Bombay, India.
In the Far East War Theatre he fought against the Japanese and was
held as a prisoner of war at a Japanese camp. In the final days of the
war he was shot in the arms while attempting to escape. His war service
record seems to verify this as he was hospitalized and his medical
report on discharge from service, confirms the injuries he sustained.
Orsborne was born in Buckie, Scotland on July 11, 1903 and died
December 22, 1957 in Belle-Isle, France.
I´d be sincerely thankful of any information
about Orsborne´s WW2 service no matter how small. Many thanks in
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Lister, 45 Royal Marine Commando.
I'm seeking information on my father and the part he played with 45
Royal Marine Commando. I only have limited knowledge but believe
he was with A Troop. He was from Burnley, Lancashire. I know he landed
on Sword Beach on D-Day but all I have is a small photograph which
shows only a small portion of his unit/regiment (as the photo has been
torn in half) taken prior to June 6th and on the reverse is printed
the name of the photographer and "Shanklin" which I believe is on the
Isle Of Wight.
On this website
is a nice page entitled
45 Royal Marine Commando WW2 and in the picture on the
right is a group from A Troop taken prior to embarkation in
Southampton, with Lance Corporal H E Harden, VC, in the right
foreground. What interests me about this picture is that some of the
men are on the photograph I have, which means they must have known my
father and maybe he is on there in the background somewhere. My dad is
on the front row of my photo and was a L/Cpl at the time. I don't know
much else really but my sister thinks my dad may have been a Medic. We
do know he ended up in hospital with shrapnel wounds and finished his
service as a sergeant.
If anyone could help me with further
information or point me in the right direction I would be entirely
grateful. I'd like to trace his steps during 44/45 as well as put a
few names to the photo I have.
Many Thanks, John Lister, Burnley.
Edward Spring. My late
father, Albert Edward Spring, was in 11 (Scottish) Commando and did
his training on the Isle of Arran. He took part in the
Litani River raid and spoke of people such as Colonel Pedder,
Paddy Mayne, Colonel Laycock, David Stirling and Geoffrey Keyes. He
was in the group sent to
capture Rommel but did not get
As we know it he went on to serve with, or
in, the Long Range Desert Group again where he knew Paddy Mayne. He then
became a founding member of the 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment
and served in Egypt, Italy and at Arnhem after which he served in the
2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment. I think he was demobbed in 1946.
He was very modest saying that he was just
an ordinary man doing his best but, given the company he kept, we think
there maybe was a bit more to it. My three brothers and I are very proud
of him but it is so difficult to find out much about our father and I
wonder if you, or any of your visitors to the Combined Ops website, have
come across him as we would love to know more.
I will be visiting the Isle of Arran in
September to try and find out more about the Commandos and their time
there and maybe find a mention of my Dad. We understand he was promoted
to Corporal on Arran by Colonel Pedder for killing 6 rabbits one after
another with his stick when they were out shooting. Father was real
country boy who had his own ferret when he was 7 and he was literally
poacher turned gamekeeper having written three books on the latter!
With Kindest Regards
Major Jack Crane – COPP 1. I
would like to hear from anyone who served in Combined Operations Pilotage
Parties (COPP), or from their relatives. My grandfather was Major Jack
Crane, Royal Engineers (277770), who was part of the COPP 1 re-commission
that served in the Far East (Sri Lanka, Burma, India) from November 1944
to September 1945.
I would especially like to hear from anyone related to the other
members of that COPP 1: Lt-Cdr Peter Wild RNVR, Sub-Lt Robin Harbud RNVR,
Sub-Lt Michael Pearson RNVR, Sub-Lt David White, Sergeant E Cook, Petty
Officer EA Fish, Corporal Richey SBS, Sapper Hawkin RE, Leading Seaman
Stewart, Petty Officer A Briggs (P/JX 144952), Leading Stores Assistant FI
Wilkins (P/MX 59960), Lance Corporal RNW Kedge RE (1949872), Able Seaman A
Prior (P/JX 19124).
My grandfather also did a few operations in Burma working within the
COPP 4 re-commission led by Lieutenant DH Mackay.
I would also be interested to hear from anyone who would have been
completing their commando training at around the same time as my
grandfather (around June 1944 to October 1944).
With many thanks
Rob Crane (2010)
Blackburn 47 RM Commando,
PO/X105362. My father died when I was 14. His sister recently
gave me a letter he wrote while aboard the Empire Arquebus on
the 29/12/1944. This kindled an interest in his part in WW2 and
as a starting point I sent for his service record. Whilst it
doesn't give me much information it did mention 47 Cdo. Any
information about Frank Blackburn or what the Empire Arqubus was
doing around that time would be very welcome. Many thanks in
anticipation Brenda Cogswell nee Blackburn.
[47 RM Cdo landed on the extreme
western flank of the British sector in Normandy on
D-Day taking Port en Bessin on D + 1 in an independent
action. After further actions in France and a spell of rest they
took part in
Operation Infatuate (Walcheren) in
November 1944 followed by further service in Holland from
January to April 1945.]
Victor Frederick Golder
ex RN, Service Number was C/JX 548491. Rank of AB LC/SIG.
I’ve just made a donation to the Combined Ops Memorial Fund,
having been prompted by a chance conversation with my Father
about his National Service training.
Dad is Victor Frederick Golder ex
RN now aged 83yrs. His Service Number was C/JX 548491 and held
the rank of AB LC/SIG. He has some memories of his time at
HMS BRONTOSAURUS and remembered that it was a Combined Ops
training establishment, but didn’t recall that it was at Castle
Toward. He was there for signals training. He spent his
War Service drafted to minesweepers and LCTs and was one of many
that embarked troops who landed on D-Day beaches.
I have found your web-site
exceptionally useful and informative, not least of all because I
am preparing for Dad a summary account of his Service life,
brief though it was (he volunteered at age 17 in 1943 and was
demobbed in late ’46). When I have tidied up a few of the
photos that I have of Dad and his mates on board LCTs, I will
pass them across in case they stimulate memories in others.
In the family he was known as Joff, maybe that was carried into
the Service. Do you have an appropriate tag within the
website to post these (all too brief) details of my Dad at
Castle Toward. I would love to find out if there is anyone
that remembers him.
Thanks in anticipation. Stay
safe, Regards, Steve
William Morris, 2756712. According to my father's MM
citation he was a Private in the Black Watch
(parachutist) attached to C Battalion, Layforce, then L
Detachment. His Military Medal (MM) was awarded for
escape/evasions and Special Operations while working with
Partisans in Italy. He is on the right of the photo. I'd be
very interested to hear from anyone who has any information
about my father and/or his war service. He was taken
prisoner in Nov 1941. Many thanks in anticipation. Miv Riley
The photo was taken in London early June 1999. These gentlemen
were returning from a tour of Greenwich on the same boat as my
sister and I (and they were having a grand time!) As we were
waiting to leave the boat, we noticed their lapel pins of
Pegasus and we talked with them for several minutes, thanking
them for their service, etc. They were in London to take part
in the Trooping of the Colour (I believe the next day). Would
it be possible for someone to identify them? I recall some of
their relatives were with them, and they might remember this
encounter. I am still awed at the bravery of those who took
part in D-Day and would appreciate any information about these
men. Thank you. Dot Weathersby, Terry, MS. USA (6/09)
R Quick. My father,
Derek R Quick, served in no1 commando in Burma during WW2. I
have some photographs, his pay book, his release documents, a
service certificate and a letter to him from Chief of Combined
Ops at the end of the war. I’d love to be able to find out more
about what he did during the war but unfortunately he died in
1981 aged 58. At the time I was 21 and didn’t really ask
him much about the war. Any help would be gratefully received.
His details are: Army Number - 14003051; Rank -
CSM; Regiment - London Scottish; Unit - No 1
Commando; Served in - India, Burma, Ceylon and Hong Kong.
Nigel Quick (11/08)
Liverpool Scottish, with Layforce on Crete and the operation on
Bardia. He is 3rd from the right in this photo of his
commando unit taken I believe in front of St Paul's in London. I
would be interested in hearing from anyone who knew him or
recognises anyone in the photo. Many thanks. Neil Pendleton.
Ronald John Jacobs.
I would be very
interested in information about my father or the units he served
in and particularly the Commando unit he served in or was
attached to. What I know is that on joining the Royal Marines in
April 1943 he was at Eastney Barracks, Portsmouth followed by
the HBL RM School of Signaling in Nov 1943. In the same month
he was attached to Combined Operations until April 1946 - see
He was in Signals
(communications) and was at Westcliff (which I believe was HMS
Westcliff II, a Combined Operations holding base for RM landing
craft personnel) prior to D-Day and on June 5 he was at Hayling
Island. On D-Day his craft headed for Sword Beach (although 651
flotilla – which my father was part of – headed for Juno beach),
so I am unsure about this.
A fortnight after D-Day he
embarked on a troop carrier for Bombay, India. From there he
sailed to Columbo in Ceylon (where he loaded gear) and then onto
Port Dickson and Rangoon in Malaya. Other ports of call en-route
were Mandapam at the tip of India, and Trincomalee (3-4 days) in
Ceylon. Some of the landing craft carriers, among others, he was
on included Glenroy, Glen Avon, Silvio (Sylvio).
While in the Far East, he was involved in the assaults on Ramree
Island, Akyab Island and the Arakan. I understand that he was
put ashore for night patrols under the cover of darkness and
under the cover of darkness. Whether these were for
reconnaissance missions or raiding parties I do not know.
At the end of the war, he looked after Japanese POWs. He
returned from Singapore to the UK in January/February 1946
aboard the Queen Emma.
Thank you in anticipation. Alan Jacobs
Sergeant Joseph Good.
I am trying to establish the accuracy or otherwise of family
accounts of the war service of a relative.
Joseph Good was, I believe, a sergeant with Combined Ops (the
description I've been given of his badge indicates this). He
was involved with training US Rangers in cliff climbing at
Bideford in Devon in preparation for D-Day. He was given
permission by his CO Major King Farlow (?) to accompany the
Rangers to Normandy.
He was attached to Lt Col James Earl Rudder's group (2nd
Ranger Bn, I think) for the assault on Pointe du Hoc. Sgt Good
survived the war and got the Military Medal at some point.
On an American website relating to the assault it seems that a
Col. Travis Trevor, a British Commando who assisted with
training, also went on the assault with Rudder's group. It may
be that Sgt Good served under Col. Trevor.
If anyone can throw any light on
this I'd be very grateful.
Alan Pritchard MPhil FCLIP MBCS
father's name was John T. Callister (Jackie)
born in Andreas, Isle of Man. He passed away in 1985. I am
in the process of obtaining his official service record
but in the meantime the records I hold show that he
enlisted at Liverpool on 25/9/39 for the duration. He
served with Unit No. 467 Motor Boat Coy R.A.S.C. engaged
in Combined Operations. Other entries refer to HMS Quebec,
Barge Engineer Group B Class II, Classified driver H?(CI).
At some point he successfully completed Commando training
and may have been posted to No 1 Commando. He had crossed
rifles on his sleeve that showed he was a sniper. He also
had a special knife.
I'd be delighted to hear from
anyone who remembers him or who can add to my understanding of
his war service. Thanks for such a great web site. Jacqueline Mustill (nee Callister), Orleans, Ontario, Canada. (4/07)
Mr Bill Wright
from Liverpool, stoker o./b. of HMS Ambitious.
The Foundation to support the Liberators of Walcheren, 1-8
November 1944 (battle for the liberation of the Scheldt Estuary,
Walcheren) is hoping to make contact with Mr Bill Wright from
Liverpool, stoker o./b. of HMS Ambitious, a supply vessel for
the minesweepers in Terneuzen harbour from Nov.1944 to May1945.
Is there anybody who can help us to find his family or himself.
Drs Bc Léon A.DeWitte OBE, Président of the Foundation.
Acting Capt Royal
Kenneth C Weedy, 707 LCP(L) Flotilla Officer.
On D Day the men of 707 LCP(L) were assigned to laying
smoke in advance of the assault wave of the 8th
Infantry Brigade of the 3rd British Division on Sword beach.
The son of Acting Captain Weedy would welcome contact with
any veteran Royal Marines who might have information or
memories of his late father. Please contact us.
Able Seaman Bob Bradley.
My name is Jack Bartle, I served on LCI(S) 535 and was based at
the River Hamble, HMS
Tormentor, I served in the Royal Navy Combined Operations.
I would like to hear from anyone who knows where or what
happened to my friend Able Seaman Bob Bradley, who was from
SABIN - Leading
Telegraphist. Served on HMS Eagle from Aug 1939 until Oct
1941. We - and the RN - have been unable to trace his whereabouts
or records since then, until his death from smallpox on Gibraltar
in Feb 1944, at which time he was Leading Telegraphist on HMS
Vetch, a Flower Class Corvette. His medals imply that he was
involved in Torch. We are led to believe that he trained in
Scotland. His obituary states that "...... he volunteered for
the Commandos & took charge of his unit's wireless van & trailer
on an overland trek. "Any
clues or tips gratefully received, as we are very keen to fill in
these missing years. Kind regards, Angela & Dianna.
Captain T.N.B.Coulson R.A.
I am Treasurer of Wincanton (Somerset) Royal British Legion and
writing a tribute book to all 13 people from Wincanton listed as
killed in action during the Second World War. The proceeds from the
book will all be donated to a new War Memorial being erected in
Wincanton. One person who is proving difficult to find much
information on is Captain T.N.B.Coulson R.A. (known by his last
Christian name of Bevis). Captain Coulson was a Forward Observation
Bombardment (FOB) Officer with the Royal Artillery and was killed in
action during the landings on the Walcheren Islands on 6th
November 1944. I would be most grateful if anyone has any knowledge
of Captain Coulson which I could include in our tribute. Tony
Captain Wilfred R. Crowe
- No. 7 Commando/No. 3 Special Services Battalion/No. 11 Commando.
My grandfather's uncle, Canadian Dr. Wilfred Crowe, was in his
mid-40's when he was posted to No 7 Commando on 9/8/40 and to No 11
on 31/1/41. He was captured at Crete and spent the next four years
in Stalag XVIIIA in Austria. He left hundreds of letters and photos,
mostly from the camp. I'm looking for anyone who recalls Captain
Crowe from his days of active service as I am trying to fill gaps in
his story (he died in 1970). He mentions many wartime friends and
colleagues in his correspondence and I'll be happy to exchange
information with the relatives of anyone he knew. Thank you for a
very informative website. Tracey Croft. (7/05)
Norman Edmund White.
My father, Norman Edmund White, MX.636194, served at HMS Copra from
11 September 1944 to 4 February 1945 (E.R.M 5th Class) and from 5
February 1945 to 8 March 1946 (E.R.M 4th Class). I have no
information as to his war
service and he never talked about the war. Any information would be
appreciated. Robert White. (7/05)
John Clifford Elcome (2nd row, far right), RAF, 3204
Servicing Commandos Unit & 2TAF. My dad, known as "Cliff"
didn't talk about his wartime service. Sadly he is now gone
leaving me with some medals, uniform buttons and badges. I'm
trying to make sense of these clues and his official service
His record shows '2RC' and a
date which I've discovered stands for the No 2 Recruitment
Centre at RAF Cardington. I wonder if anyone reading this can
help with other references that remain something of a mystery.
(1). 10(O)AFU, 13/01/43, with an
annotation alongside of 'Dumfries?'. 10(O)AFU may stand for No 10
Observer Advanced Flying Unit. If this is so, why would my dad, an
Armourer, be on a flying training unit?... and which RAF station
would he based at?
(2). 1BPD, 29/02/44. This was just after 3204 SCU was disbanded in
Italy and he was on his way home. 1BPD may stand for the No 1
British Personnel Despatch (Centre) possibly located in Algeria.
Can anyone confirm this and/or confirm where it was located?
(3). HE, 07/03/44. To an Armourer 'HE' would have meant High
Explosive but, in the context of his service record it clearly has
some other meaning! Home Establishment has been suggested. If
accurate could this mean that he was on leave or something else
(4). 3PHU, 18/03/44, Morecombe. This may stand for No 3
Personnel Holding Unit. Can anyone confirm this and hopefully give
a more precise location, i.e. which RAF camp?
(5). 6025SE, 27/11/44. I've established that this is
the 6025 Servicing Echelon which may have been at the RAF's Castle
Camps & Bradwell (Essex). More information would be welcome.
Now for something completely outside the scope of this site!
Dad went on to both the Palestine and Malaya Police after leaving
the RAF in 1947 (as a number of servicemen did I understand). The
Palestine Police Association have confirmed dad's serial number
and that he was a member of the Association at the time. However,
apart from this information, a few photos and uniform badges, I've
no other information on this post war period (1947-1950).
Does anyone have any idea where I might find information on this
period? Thanks in anticipation. John Elcome. (6/05)
Dougie Hollingsworth &
Andy Newham - No
4 Commando. During the war I lived in Queens Terrace,
Ayr, with my aunt, Martha Mackechnie. We had two No 4 Commandos
billeted with us and I remember well their comings and goings. At
the time I
was just a youngster attending Ayr Academy and remember them
making a fuss of me. They were Douglas Hollingsworth, (Dougie), from
Derby; and Andrew (Andy) Newham, from Plymouth. Andy will be 82
now, and Dougie probably the same age if they survived. If anyone
has information I'd be delighted to hear from them. Joy Madden.
Paul Richardson, Petty Officer. My father's twin
brother PAUL RICHARDSON was a Petty Officer from 1942 to 1945
HMS Dinosaur and HMS Copra. He died in 1994. He is
believed to have been involved in supporting Yugoslav partisans
from N. Africa, to have been involved at Anzio & Cassino, and to
have ferried landing craft from USA to UK (bombed by RAF in the
process). I have just started researching his career & would be
pleased to hear from anyone who served with him, or who can add
details including books to read. TIA. John Richardson Waikato,
New Zealand. (3/05)
Stanley "Mickey" Maguire of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
researching my fathers WW 2 wartime service from May '41 to July
'45. He was an A/CMM member of the 1st Royal Canadian Naval Commando
Unit stationed at HMCS Niobe in Greenock, Scotland, and served on
LST's at Oran, Casablanca, Sicily and, I understand, the
diversionary raid prior to Normandy. His records show the above ship
along with "Copra" Northney III and Northney 1.Any information or
assistance would be appreciated as I would like to leave the
information in our family tree. William H. "Bill" Maguire, Cobourg,
Ontario, Canada. (1/05)
Robert Albert Bell.
Last known service record states HMS COPRA from March1944 -
June 25 1944, lost at sea. From relatives memories we believe his
ship hit mine. He was Chief motor mechanic. Any help with info on my
grandfather would be
appreciated. THANKS Robert John Bell. (1/05)
Bertie Lowe, Royal Engineers.
My dad, aged 26 at the
end of the war, was in the Royal Engineers in WW2. He came from
Stourbridge in the West Midlands. I do not know his regiment or
service number. All I know is that he blew up bridges and was in
Africa, Italy and Burma. He was awarded the African Star and had a
medal with the Eisenhaur bar attached to it. He also escorted
prisoners of war when travelling from one place to another and had
some kind of bomb symbol on his sleeve. Can anyone help?
Any general or specific information would be warmly welcome. Shari
George Haines - LCT 977.
How many of us wish they could ask their father about his WW2
service, but sadly are unable. My dads name was George Haines who
was in service from March 43 to Dec 46. He served on LCT 977 which I
involved in the Normandy Landings. I have found his certificate of
service but this only refers to the service umbrella of Roseneath, Copra and Pembroke. Does any one have information on
the craft or my dad. (1/05)
T Owen COPP7, SBS 595801. My granddad was in COPP7 during
World War 2. Can anyone tell me what he took part
in? I really would like to know more. (1/05)
Lieutenant James Alexander Noble,
RNVR, (Warrant Engineer, Lt RNR).
I obtained my father's war record from the Admiralty so I know that
the information I have should be correct. However, I am concerned
that there is a year missing, mainly from Jan to Dec 1944. He served
on HMS Pembroke May to April 43, HMS Northney during
April 1943, HMS Copra Feb 45 to October 45 and then HMS
Europa Nov 45 to Jan 46. He finished service on HMS
Kenilworth Castle Jan 46 to Sept. 46. I know some of these were
land bases possibly providing training. I will be very interested to
hear from anyone who can help fill in
the gaps or provide me with any information likely to be of interest
to me. My father also played some part in the D Day landings,
as I know he was there. Perhaps someone reading this might just
remember him. Sandy Felton. (1/05)
Edwin (Eddie) Lionel Nettleton.
My father was Edwin (Eddie) Lionel Nettleton, possibly known as
'Janner' during the war. He served on
HMS Matabele as a torpedo-man, and as a small boat coxswain,
from January 1940 until the day she sailed to be lost with all
hands in 1942... he had been offloaded into the dockyard sick
bay that day. He often talked about landings he made as the
coxswain of a 'Skimming Dish' landing craft taking Combined Ops
personnel ashore in Norway in 1941/42. Does anyone recognise the
type of landing craft or know of which operations Matablele
supported - most sites simply say 'and destroyers'
without naming them. Thanks. (12/04)
No7 Commando/No1 SBS. My
uncle didn't speak much of his war time service so I'm trying to
contact any ex members or relatives of No7 Commando or No1 SBS
soldiers who may have known him. Any information from their training
to operations in North Africa, Crete and the Mediterranean would be
warmly welcomed. Regards, Simon Blake. (12/04)
James T. H
Todd, lst Para Sqn, RE.
I am trying to locate anyone who knew my father, James Thomas Hedley
Todd, from Tynemouth. For a little while he was lst SAS, and mainly
served in B troop, lst Para Sqn, RE. He was on the Bruneval raid,
served in North Africa, was on the Bone drop, and also parachuted into
Sicily. He was always attached to 2 para under Lt Col John Frost. I am
sure that he was a Sgt, but was later commissioned around 1944 or
1945. He jumped around Caen on D-Day. He later stayed in the Army as a
Lieutenant in 1945 and early 1946 with the Durham Light
Infantry, but I don't know the Battalion. I am anxious to meet someone
who was with him in B Troop. Thank you. Lt Geoff Todd, CPSM CD1 (Ret'd).
Lieutenant Colonel Leonard James
Allen. I have
recently been doing some family research and have found a lot of my
Grandfather's old papers. From this I know he took part in operations
on Vaagso and Maaloy, landing on HMS Prince Charles, and in Italy. I
was wondering if anyone had any further information about his
movements during the war, and any recollections
etc. Any information will be gratefully received! Thank you. (12/04)
Joel or Joe Joel.
I am attempting to get a cap badge, tie and beret for my father, he
was known as scouse Joel, or Joe
Joel to his friends. If there is anyone out there who remembers him, I
would like them to get in touch with me. He is still alive and kicking
but not as high! (12/04)
Lt. St. George Paulin Walker
RNVR. I'm trying to find out
about my father who was Lt. St. George Paulin Walker RNVR at HMS
Tormentor Mar 42- Sept 44. He was in LCPL`s in 702 and 703
flotillas. He took part in the Dieppe raid and landed Canadian troops
in the second wave. Survived unscathed miraculously. Took part in
D-Day when the boats were used for laying smoke screens off the
beaches. Mainly GOLD and the Mulberry harbour. Boat No. 127 I think.
Lived West Meon area in Hampshire and was a school master before
joining up. He joined up as an AB in 1940 and went to Ganges and
Victory then did sea time on HMS Ramsey and
HMS Winchester. The latter by coincidence was my
grandfathers first command in WW1 he having taken her over from the
He went on to do officer training and
then joined Tormentor in the `R` Boats and then the 3rd and 5th
flotillas in LCPL`s. as a 2nd Lt. He had a passion for producing plays
and was extremely good at this and Tormentor became famous for its
plays. The missing years are after Dieppe up till D-Day. I have his
daily diary for the whole of D-Day and for some 80 days after before
they were withdrawn due to the fighting having moved well inland. What
I'd like to know is what the flotillas were doing and where they were
stationed for this period. They were obviously practicing for the
various intended raids. By the time of his demob he
was a Lt. in 46. If any one has got any `snippets` they would be
gratefully acknowledged. Patrick Walker. (12/04)
I have read that a commando called Sam Bassett did a recce on the
beaches of D-Day before the event itself to test the sand on the
beach. However, I can find nothing on him. Any information about Sam
Bassett would be welcome - if only to say
he did what I believe I have read about him. (11/04)
RN Petty Officer.
I am trying to track down anyone who served with my grandfather. He
joined Combined Ops in late '40, after serving on the ill fated HMS
Port Napier. I believe he was at Inveraray in the early part of '41.
Amongst others, he was on one of the Lofoten raids, the Bruneval raid,
Torch and Salerno landings and also the Arakan Peninsula operations. I
know he was also in Malta and India as well as being stationed in the
Hayling Island area. He has told me a few names that he can remember,
a Corporal Lambert and Ben Howells, Royal Marines and another Marine
named Whitelaw, Stoker Norbury was someone else he recalled. If there
is anyone who knows of my grandfather I would be very grateful, his
been excellent but is failing of late and I know it would mean a great
deal to him to regain contact with any of his CO palls. (11/04)
Nightingale & George Martin
41 RM Commando. I have been
trying to find two old friends who were in y troop 41 RM CDO. To my
delight I found a picture of them on your website it showed them
(operation Infatuate at Weskapelle) on 4th November 1944 just before
they went into action the next day at Domberg. Frank Nightingale is
in the middle of the picture (he went on to win the DCM the next
day) and behind him George Martin. I wonder if they are still with
us and if they made the 60th reunion. My name then was Violet Millross. Are there going to any pictures of the 60th reunion on the
website? (also on Walcheren page). (11/04)
Alan A Haydon No 12 Commando.
I am trying to find out any information about my Grandfather who
was in No12 Commando. His name was Alan A Haydon and his service No.
was 998913. He originally was with the Royal Artillery.
From what I have been told he died in an accident with 8 other men
on the 28th November 1941 in Scotland, where he is buried at the Ben
Nevis cemetery. With him are Corporal F.W.M Turner 4203290, Private
P. Mc Carthy 5509745 who also died on the same
day. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Paul Hill.
I am looking for information about John Guthrie born around 1919
at Pitowan, Scotland and his involvement with the Scottish
Commandos during WWII. His parents were Archibald Lindsay
Guthrie and Elizabeth Sim. I believe he or perhaps only his
family ended up in Canada. His wife was Nan Robertson and I
believe his son, also John Guthrie perhaps born
around 1940's was a Colonel in the Canadian Army. Any
information would be greatly appreciated. (9/04)
I enquire on behalf of a former crew member of LCT(A)2191, Mr Ernest
Roy Brown who was in the assault wave on Sword Beach. He would like to
know if there are any other former crew members still alive
particularly a Mr Squash
(known as lemon) and 'Darkie' Heath. Hope you can help, regards,
Richard Warner. (9/04)
William (Bill) Marriot.
I'd love to hear from anyone who knew William (Bill) Marriot. He was
an electrician Petty Officer serving on board HMS Sandycroft
around 1943. (8/04)
Ronald GK Hardey.
Does anyone remember Capt Ronald GK Hardey MC No6 Commando - No2 Troop
1st Special Service Brigade? Can anyone help with information
generally on No 6 Commando. How did he win the MC. I am his nephew and
I am looking for information and help. (8/04)
'Ted' Conquest. My father
Sydney "Ted" Conquest volunteered from the Royal Norfolk Regiment to
train as a commando and then
serve in Combined Operations during WW2, partly in Scotland on the
Clyde on small boats. He spoke very
little about his war and I wondered if anyone using your site knew
him. Charles Conquest. (8/04)
Ernest Albert Cawley.
How I wish I could ask my father about his WW2 service. Sadly he
passed away a few years ago. His service book details are; Army
no 14389701, R R Field, enlisted 17/12/1942. He was born on
29/8/1924 in Liverpool. I think he served with the Royal Suffolk
Regiment possibly working with artillery. He was involved in the
D Day landing his regiment being attached to the Canadians. I
would like to find out more about his service, his regiment's
history and service comrades and friends. Any information no
matter how small would be very much appreciated by my brothers
and myself. Alan Cawley. (8/04)
Middle East Commando - John Garcia.
My Great Uncle, John Carrion Garcia, who
was Spanish and volunteered for service with the British Army, was
eventually captured at Crete as part of the ME Commando. He eventually
ended up as a POW in Stalag Luft IV F and I was wondering if you have
any information on him, his unit, any knowledge of Spanish in the ME
Commando, any fellow soldiers from his unit and or POW's from that camp.
I think he was originally cap badged Pioneer Corps and volunteered for
Combined Service when they were forming the ME Commando. Sav Kyriakou.
Walker No 3 Commando.
I took many photographs
on D-Day + 60. This one of Fred Walker of No. 3 Commando right
of centre, Roy ?, on the far left and to the right of Roy a
veteran who fought in Yugoslavia. The location was the memorial
to Lord Lovat's Commandos, especially Bill Millin the "mad
piper," taken at Cafe Gondree Pegasus Bridge. I gave the guys my
card but neglected to take their addresses. If they read this
please get in touch. Thanks. Jim Daily. (7/04)
LCG 1 (L).
Information required about Lt Commander A.H.Ballard of LCG 1 (L) sunk of
Westkapelle 1st November 1944 or anyone who knew my father Mne Harold
George May, DSM, Ch/x109260, 'B' Gun sole survivor of gun crew that day.
Thank you. Steve May. (7/04)
George Douglas Green - 5th Tank Regiment.
I would like to find an archive photograph of George Douglas Green, 5th
regiment No.3596872, posted in Palestine, WW2. This is all the
information I have but I'd be extremely grateful for guidance or anyone
who, by the grace of god, is still alive to tell me more. Many thanks.
Frank Kerr 52 LCT Flotilla (Staff).
I lost a brother from HMS Copra on the 16 June 1944 and for the last 15 years I have
been trying to establish his place and cause of death but unfortunately
to no avail. No British or allied ship, large or small was lost on the
16 June so his death according to official records was caused as a
result of enemy action, again I can find no enemy action
the 16 June. His particulars are as follows: Peter Kerr P/MX
636675 enlisted Oct 1943, ERA 5th class. Frank Kerr, Australia. (6/04)
William 'Lofty' Atkinson.
My grandfather was attached to the 1st Border Regt, 1st Airborne
Division, HQ Coy Sigs. He was captured by SS Panzer Corps during
Operation Market Garden at Arnhem on Sept 17th 1944. He was
taken to a POW camp in Germany mostly occupied by Americans.
Liberated by the Yanks. He was made up to Sgt post POW camp. Any
would be gratefully received. Vanessa. (6/04)
Jimmy Cummings, Royal Navy
Commando. My granddad, died
recently. He was originally from the Kent area. He ran the Navy Club in
Woodside Place/Terrace in Glasgow. I am trying to find his personal
record, and if possible to contact any of his comrades.
During D Day he was with one
of the beach master parties but I don't know which beach? My brother says
he was CPO Fleet.Can anyone help? (6/04)
I would love to hear from anyone who
knows anything about my uncle Ronald who came from Slough, Berkshire. He
was killed in action during the Normandy landings on 5th July 1944 at the
age of 20. He was a private in the Devonshire Regiment (12th Airborne)
Battalion. He is buried at Ranville Cemetery reference number 1A.G.20. I
hope one day to be able to visit his grave. Annette.
John Mc Bride. I am searching for information
on a John Macbride who served in the British army during WW11. He was shot
and paralysed during the conflict. He was born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire,
Scotland on or about April 8th 1920. He and my mother separated in 1960.
My mothers name was Alice Lee. He died in 1969 as a result of injuries. I
had little contact with him after the separation but I know he resided in
a nursing home called "Chasely" in Eastbourne until his death. (6/04)
What did my
Father do in the War?
My late father underwent Commando training before the D-Day landings
however his naval service records show he was assigned to HMS Oddysey. The MoD has confirmed this was a pay-station in Devon - no
mention of Combined ops. My mother has no recollection of him having been
to Devon but knew he was based in Scotland. We know he took part in the
landings however a relative also recalls him mentioning that he joined in
beach reconnaissance before the landings - would this have been with the
made enquiries through a friend with contacts in a local branch of the
navy association, I am unable to find out any details of what my father
may have been doing in the 15 or so months before and 3 months after D-Day
his pay-off to other duties. I would be grateful for any leads that I
could follow or a new direction in my search. (6/04)
Ewing, 1 KOSB, D-Day.
My late father, Eric Ewing, served with 1 KOSB and landed on Sword Beach
(Lion-sur-Mer) on D-Day. He landed with The Royal Ulster Rifles and The
Royal Lincolnshire Regt and he took part in the battle for Cambes Wood.
After VE day, he was due to go to Canada to train for the assault on
mainland Japan. He was then sent to Palestine. He was from Stirling in
Scotland and was very tall, hence the nickname "Tiny." I would love to
hear from anyone who
may have known him or who was with any of these regiments. He was twenty
years old in 1944. (6/04)
Herbert Andrew Tattersfield, 64th
Royal Artillery Division. I am
trying to find information on what my granddad did during the war. He was
in the 64th Royal Artillery Division and did some of his training in
Scarborough. He was 26 years old when he landed at Sword Beach on D-Day at
13.00. He was shipped out shortly after spending some time in a field
hospital ending up in a
hospital in Salford. He returned to France at some point but I have no
details. I would be grateful for any information. Helen.
father, Gordon Pitt 1918-1957
worked on Pluto at Dungeness and told us about the use of the Romney Hythe
and Dymchurch Railway and how the men he was with looked after the little
engines. After the war we took our holidays at Greatstone
and visited the sheds where the engines were kept at New Romney.
Unfortunately he died at an early age, but I would
be really interested to hear from anyone who remembers him from the time
he was working on Pluto at
Douglas H Ward, Royal Navy.
Can anyone help me with information regarding my late father's activities
in Combined Ops? He said that he was in a special naval unit in Burma and
he mentioned a few places such as Rangoon and Cochin. His
date of birth was 10/6/1925 he had two nicknames "Sharky" and "Cats Eyes."
He was issued with a Lanchester 9mm sub machine gun and he wore a bush
hat. He had was given a cyanide pill at the start of each mission which he
had to hand back on his safe return If
anyone can help, even with suggestions as to his unit, type of duties etc
please contact me. Russell Ward. (5/04)
Norman (Leo) Rowlands No 4 Commando.
My dad was Norman (Leo) Rowlands from Gateshead. He was in No 4 Commando
and had a mate called Jimmy Royle. I'd be very interested to hear from
anyone who knew my dad. (5/04)
Robert and Leigh Orwig.
I am researching the history of a couple of relatives and would appreciate
any information or advice. Robert Orwig of Racine, Wisconsin, USA was in
Combined Ops from 1943-1945 and wore a blue and gold shoulder patch with
Tommy gun. Leigh Orwig served in the Field Artillery,34th Division,
Normandy and was present at the St. Lo break out. I would like more info
on the units battle record, where, when, etc. Thank You. (4/04)
Knight and Mavis Bills both
worked on the PLUTO project in 1944. They married and now live in
Fremington Devon. They would dearly like to contact or know what happened
to - Marjorie and Bill Wright, Mary Batten, Pat Bartlam, Gladys
Williamson, Jim Francis and Dennis Gibbons. Please contact Richard Knight
(son) on 01892 549733. More information and photos at the foot of the
PLUTO page. (3/04)
Wanted! WW2 Memories
for possible publication. I am compiling a series of books on WWII.
These books are the personal memories and experiences of the men who
served in WWII, I am looking for the memories and experiences from all
WWII campaigns, I am also dedicating one of these books to prisoners of
war, if you or a family member or any one you know served in
any of these conflicts or served time in a POWs camp, and would like your
story added to one of these books, I would love to hear from you. I have
already completed one book on Normandy, which will be published this year.
Dvr Norman Henderson No 4 Commando.
I should be grateful for any information on my uncle Norman Henderson. He
now has a grandson who would love to know more about the grandfather he
never knew. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps
21st Army Group No. 4 Commando. Thank you. Elaine Somers. (2/04)
Reginald Grant Smith I
am looking for information or photos regarding my uncle who was a Private
in WW2. His name was Reginald Grant Smith he was from Nova Scotia. He
spent his 16th birthday overseas. The only
other information I have is that he was a prisoner of war in Holland.
Anyone with information please contact me. (2/04)
Killed at Walcheren
who was in
and may be
add to my
Henry C S Maine.
My grandfather Henry Maine was employed in 'intelligence' during WW2 so I
know virtually nothing about his wartime service. The only reference to my
grandfather on Google was on this site. In WW1 he was in the Grenadier
Guards and in WW2, being too old for active service he was, I understand,
at Bletchley Park in some fairly senior role. He was awarded CMG and died
I knew him only as a very nice old man who pottered about in his
garden when I visited him. He fitted the classic stereotype of Colonel
Blimp (in the great film with that name). In old photos from his time in
the Royal Household until 1915 or so, he appears very handsome and dashing
in top hat and tails and later in Guards Uniform. I am curious to know if
there is anyone still alive who knew my grandfather or can throw any
'public domain' light on his roles and work. Many thanks in anticipation.
Simon Baddeley. (1/04)
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