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Hundreds of thousands of visits each year to 200  web pages & 4000 photos. The Website has been published & hosted by Geoff Slee since 2000.

Around 40 D-Day Stories by veterans of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines who served in or alongside Combined Operations


Those whose help made all the difference

The memorial was dedicated on July 4th, 2013, close to nine years since the original idea for a National Memorial to the Combined Operations Command was first mooted. Without the generosity of support, encouragement, contributions to the website (the educational component of the memorial), donations of money, goods, services, materials and time from countless individuals and organisations at home and overseas, the memorial would never have materialised. A representative few are recorded here.


Name Country Notes
Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE and Mrs Jane Dudson UK Lord Lieutenant Dudson recognised the importance of the Combined Operations Command by his attendance at the dedication ceremony and participation in the form of a speech about the Combined Operations Command website, the educational component of the memorial particularly for the benefit of younger generations now and in the future.
General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE ADC Gen, UK On his appointment as Commander of the Joint Forces Command, General Barrons agreed to fulfil the commitment of his predecessor, Air Chief Marshall Peach. No greater honour could be bestowed on the service personnel of yesteryear, than for the Commander of their modern equivalent Force to honour their memory and achievements in this way.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach, KCB, CBE. UK Air Chief Marshal Peach kindly agreed to unveil the dedication plaque at a ceremony to be held at the National Memorial Arboretum on July 4 2013. Although no longer able to keep this appointment due to a change of post, we are grateful to him for recognising the important work of the Combined Operations Command during WW2.
Major General Michael Charlton-Weedy UK For interest, support, encouragement and several substantial donations to the memorial fund.
Professor Arthur R Quinton USA General advice and support over the lifetime of the memorial project, repeated donations including one from his son, Keith, of 500 towards the cost of the dedication ceremony.
David A Thorp Spain Gift of his painting entitled "Combined Operations - A Normandy Beachhead" measuring 750 mm x 550 mm. Gift of the rights to produce prints for fundraising purposes. All proceeds in aid of the Combined Operations Memorial Fund. Participation in fund raising ideas and events.

Richard Stimpson

England Designed and procured the timber for the information display and raised 500 for the memorial fund by undertaking a sponsored walk, backwards. Organised 6 standard bearers at the dedication ceremony. Member of the Friends of the Combined Operations Memorial (FOTCOM) who undertook frequent maintenance visits to the memorial. Supplied photos periodically to permit remote monitoring of maintenance needs. A loyal supporter over many years.
Tony Chapman England Archivist and Historian for the LST and Landing Craft Association. Throughout the life of the memorial project, Tony provided material for dozens of web pages about landing craft and their crews. He also provided historically accurate information and advice to military artist, David Thorp, during work on his painting "Combined Operations - A Normandy Beachhead" and for over 10 years he answered countless enquiries received by the website on matters related to landing craft. Sadly, Tony passed away on June 6th 2013. He was a good and loyal friend of the Combined Operations Command Memorial. He was represented at the memorial dedication ceremony by his son Paul.
David and Danny Bonnar Scotland Donation of four large stones and a cubic metre of smaller rocks for the mosaic wall from the Clachan Quarry on the shore of Loch Fyne. It was in this area that around 250,000 practised amphibious landings under the Combined Operations Command as well as Commando manoeuvres in the surrounding hills. Clachan Quarry Website.
Sheila and Mike Phillips England Advice, support and encouragement. Members of the Friends of the Combined Operations Memorial (FOTCOM) who undertook frequent maintenance visits to the memorial.
Colin & Jean Gillespie Scotland Advice, support and encouragement also the selection of one cubic metre of small rocks from Clachan Quarry and delivery to the National Memorial Arboretum travelling 750 miles over two days. Assistance at the dedication ceremony.
George H Pitt Canada Throughout the life of the project George provided advice and comment on the application to the National Memorial Arboretum and on countless web pages written by others. Was the author of a number of web pages himself including D-Day and Dieppe. Supplied graphics of the memorial design for the website.

Gloria Siggins

Scotland Support, encouragement and provision of names of 'interested' parties for fund raising plus a very substantial donation to the memorial fund.

Ian Carrington

England In November 2009, Ian undertook a fundraising walk with his two dogs, Bailey and Lucy, as companions. Raised 1,044 for the memorial fund. For over 2 years he was  a member of the Friends of the Combined Operations Memorial (FOTCOM) and undertook frequent maintenance visits to the memorial and completely refurbished the memorial's information display board.
Larry Jones England Great Barr Sawmills, Birmingham. The supply of cut timber, at cost, for the memorial information display.

Leslie Whipps

England Ex No 9 Commando who completed the Commando re-enactors Fund Raising March '06 between Achnacarry and Spean Bridge in Scotland.
LST and Landing Craft Association England Publicity for memorial in their 'Kedge Hook' newsletter.
National Memorial Arboretum   England Approval of memorial design and provision of memorial site.  Website

Pam Wright

England Support, advice and encouragement. Marketing and publicity advice and suggestions.

Patrick van der Vegt

Holland Together with Peter Scally he organised a Commando Re-enactors Commemorative March in April 2006 involving around 35 men from a number of countries. 1,500 was raised which was a huge boost to the memorial fund in the early years.

Peter Scally



Phil Jones

Wales Support, advice and countless submissions to the website mainly on training establishments.

RAF Historical Society

England Nomination of the Sitka spruce tree to represent the RAF in the memorial design.

RN Naval Historical Branch

England Nomination of the oak tree to represent the RN.

Terry Carney

England A member of the Military Heraldry Society he auctioned a Combined Operations Badge he had made from a variety of military buttons raising 200. Also produced colour prints, on Buckram cloth sheets, of early unused designs of the Combined Operations badge.

War Memorials Trust

England For two years before the memorial fund had its own bank account, the War Memorials Trust received and banked donations on behalf of the fund. Website.


News & Information

Memorial Maintenance

We have a small band of volunteers who take turns to visit the memorial each month, particularly during the growing season, to undertake routine maintenance such as weeding keeping the stones and slabs clear of bird dropping, lichen etc. and reporting on any issues. If you live near the National Memorial Arboretum and would like to find out more, please contact us.

Remember a Veteran

You can pay a personal tribute to veterans who served in, or alongside, the Combined Operations Command in WW2 by adding their details and optional photo to our Roll of Honour and They Also Served pages on this website.

Read the Combined Operations prayer.

Events and Places to Visit

To organisers: Reach the people who will be interested to know about your Combined Operations or war related event by adding it to our  webpage free of charge.

To everyone else: Visit our webpage for information on events and places to visit. If you know of an event or place of interest, that is not listed, please let us know.

To notify an event or place of interest, click here.

To visit the webpage click here.


Why not join the thousands who visit our Facebook page (click on icon above) about the Combined Operations Command in appreciation of our WW2 veterans.

See the 'slide shows' of the dedication ceremony and the construction of the memorial plus the 'On this day in 194?' feature where major Combined Ops events are highlighted on their anniversary dates with links to additional information.

You are welcome to add information, photos and comment or reply to messages posted by others.

Find Books of Interest 

Search for Books direct from our Books page. Don't have the name of a book in mind? Just type in a keyword to get a list of possibilities... and if you want to purchase you can do so on line through the Advanced Book Exchange (ABE). 5% commission goes into the memorial fund.

WW2 Combined Operations Handbook

This handbook was prepared for Combined Operations in the Far East. It illustrates the depth and complexity of the planning process necessary to ensure that the 3 services worked together as a unified force.

Submit your D-Day Story

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and, to mark the occasion, The D-Day Story is asking the British public to share their experiences from the largest invasion ever assembled. Whether its an account of the day from a veteran or a tale passed down by a relative, were keen to showcase never-before-heard stories for an exciting campaign to be launched later in the year.


The Gazelle Helicopter Squadron Display Team

The Gazelle Squadron is a unique team of ex-British Military Gazelle helicopters in their original military colours and with their original military registrations. The core team includes four Gazelles, one from each service; The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The Army Air Corps and The Royal Air Force. A fifth Gazelle in Royal Marines colours will provide intimate support for the team. Their crest includes the Combined Operations badge. The last, and possibly, only time the badge was seen on an aircraft was in the early mid 40s. A photo of the Hurricane concerned is included in the 516 Squadron webpage.

New to Combined Ops?

Visit Combined Operations Explained for an easy introduction to the subject.


About Us?

Background to the website and memorial project, and a look to the future; plus other small print stuff and website accounts etc. Click here for information.


Legasee Film Archive

As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee has recorded interviews with veterans from any conflicts. These  films are now available on line. www.legasee.org.uk


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