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the Combined Operations Command in WW2 and who died in combat or training.
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Combined Operations Prayer.
O LORD GOD,
our Father, our Saviour, our Might,
we pray Thee take into Thy keeping, us who are joined together in a
trinity of arms on sea, on land, and in the air in this our special
service for King and Country. We pledge
ourselves to do, to dare, to die that others might live, believing in
Him who said; "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friends." Grant us
faith, courage, and determination that we fail not in whatever duty may
lie before us, and may we be enabled by Thy Divine Grace to bear our
part in establishing peace on earth and goodwill amongst men. This we ask
for Jesus Christ, His sake. Amen
[Photo; The moment the Combined Ops
memorial was dedicated on July 4th 2013 by the
Reverend Prebendary, Tony Wood
General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE ADC Gen, Commander of the Joint Forces
Command and bugler, Adrian Harper, looking on.]
Order of Information, where provided: Surname, Rank/Awards,
Service No, Date of Death,
Quick links & Scroll -
C H, Rifleman, 6922005, 23/10/42, 20 Rifle Bgd & No 2
Commando, Op Musketoon Glomfjiord.
Adams W B, Flt/Lt, 61478, 10/07/44, 516 RAF Sqn & 21
Austin G, PO/X 2678, 30/10/43, Royal Marine, KIA aboard HMS
Aurora off Castelorizo Island, Greece.
Baker H J, AB, JX328627, 17/03/44, RN, Anzio.
AC2, 1682577, 21/02/44, Radar Operator LST 307, Anzio.
Rifleman, 6920686, 20/03/44 (21), Kings Royal Rifle
Corps and No. 9 Commando, KIA Anzio beach
Boeg HJE, AB, C/JX 355711, 05/11/44, RN Combined Operations LCT(R) 457, KIA off Belgium
Flt/Lt, 119710, 03/05/45, 516 Sqn & 3 Sqd,
516 Squadron RAF
(attached to Combined Operations).
Borne F, Lt, 11/08/44, 47 RM Commando, CWG
6298995, 23/03/44, The Buffs & 5
Commando, KIA Burma.
Cpl, 4920167, 19/08/44, St Staffs Reg. Att
13th (2/4th St Lancs Reg) Para Reg AAC.
Breach L, Lt, 19/08/42, RNVR, KIA
Brehme RHR, Sgt, CH/X 103637, 2/11/44, 47 RM Commando,
Brooke, Cpl, EX 937, 05/08/44, 45 RM Commando,
Burke J B, Sub Lt (MiD), 15/05/45, Royal Naval
Volunteer Reserve (attached Combined Operations). 10 LCA Flotilla.
Died in Teteringen and buried at Jonkerbos War
Bury, F J L, Lt, 85925, 11/07/44, 4 Commando.
Butler B D, Major (MC), 85295, 11/06/44, 3 Commando.
Cammidge H, Sgt, 4687495, 01/05/45, 1st battalion
Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1943 Operation
Husky & Battle for Cava Belluza south of Villas Mundo, Sicily. CWGC section
of Hamburg Cemetery.
Pte, 14674155, 27/06/44 (18), 9th Bt., Durham
Light Infantry, Ryes
War Cemetery, Bazenville, France.
EX/3236, 06/06/44 (25). Marine Commando. Ryes
War Cemetery Bazenville, France.
Coates W J L, Pte, 5051813, 30/11/42, 7th Bn., North
Staffordshire Regiment and No. 6,
Commando. Remembered with
Collier P, Leading Seaman, D/SSX 25666, 17/06/44, RN,
Op Brassard Elba.
Corke C L, Lt Cdr (MiD), 19/08/42, RNVR. Combined Operations, 24th
Raiding Craft Flotilla. Landed Yellow Beach 1, Berneval. KIA
Couper D O, Major,
G.S.O.2. R.A. Combined Operations,
F, Captain, 07/06/44, Port-en-Bessin, 47 RM Commando, KIA while securing
the heights above the town. There is a memorial on the hill in his
J D F,
Able Seaman, D/JX169287, 17/06/44,Royal Navy attached to Combined Operations.
HMS Copra, Op Brassard Elba
War Cemetery, Italy
Curtis E G, Pte, 6349613, 23/10/42, 2 Commando,
Davidson D M, Cpt, 105228, 1943,1 Commando & South
LAC, 1360067, 21/02/44, Radar Operator LST
Davies O, L/Cpl, EX 969, 07/06/44, 45 RM Commando,
de Kock V P,
Lt, 66564, 07/03/43, South African
Naval Forces, Coppist, Missing on
surveillance of Sicily beaches in prep for Operation
Husky. South African.
Denton H, Sgt, PO/X 2389, 22/08/44, 46 RM Commando, CWG
Dickson R S, AB,
HMLCT 410, RN,
Dryburgh A C, L/Cpl, PO/X 2787, 10/06/44, 45 RM Commando,
Duncan J R, WRNS, 72461,18/06/44 (19), WRNS attached to
HMS COPRA, Killed by V1 bomb.
02/06/44, RN Commando, KIA Anzio Beach.
Edmonds W G, Pte, 6348327, 3-6/02/44 (33), Q O Royal West
Kents and 9 Commando, KIA, Cassino,
Elms F, 2nd Lt, 304633, 06/07/44, 4 Commando.
E A, WRNS, 72463, 18/06/44 (18), WRNS attached to
HMS COPRA, Killed by V1 bomb.
G F, Lt, 129362, 07/06/44, 6 Commando.
Wireman, D\MX 103626, 24/01/44 (19), HM LCT (4) 542, Injured
on LCT at Anzio, Italy. Transferred to HMHS, St David,and died when the hospital ship was sunk.
B C S, Marine, PO/X 3168, 13/06/44,
45 RM Commando, CWG
Ferguson J H,
1565310, 07/07/44, RAFVR, FDT 216.
Fowler J S, AB, P/JX 296467, 19/8/42, RN HMS Tormentor,
S, Petty Officer /
Stoker, K65642, 08/11/42. HMS Cowdray, Died during patrol off "C" Beach
when ship was bombed .
Argenta Gap War Cemetery,
(Navigator),169214, 22/10/43, RAFVR. 107 Squadron
Royal Air Force (Second Tactical Force). KIA Holland and
buried at Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern cemetery.
1036266, 07/07/44, RAFVR, FDT 216.
B G H, Temp/Sub/Lt, 30/06/44 (20), RNZNVR. Second-in-command
of LCT.737, KIA Normandy.
Interred Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery.
Geear E J,
L/Sgt, 6344312, 27/12/41,
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment and 3 Commando,KIA
Operation Archery. Buried in Trondheim.
Marine, PO/X 113288, 20/08/44, 45 Royal
Marine Commando, E Troop, Normandy
Cpl, T/73322, 19/08/42, RASC France
1939. Joined 3 Commando post Dunkirk. Killed in action
Cpl, 1258560, 21/02/44, Radar Operator LST
Gooch F M,
Pte, 6145770, 19/08/42, 4 Commando, KIA
Goodenough F J E, Cpl, PLY/X 2279, 11/06/44, 45 RM Commando,
Grewcock E E D, Cpt, 12/06/44, A Troop of 45 Royal
Marine Commando, KIA
Grimdsell M H,
L/Cpl, PO/X 115851, 02/11/44, 47 RM Commando, KIA
Hallos H, Leading Seaman, D/JX 201772, 17/06/44, RN ‘A’ Beach Commando,Op Brassard,
E, L/Cpl, 23/01/45,
Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) attached
45 RM Commando, served
in Normandy. KIA at Brachterbeek in the Netherlands while rescuing
wounded under enemy fire. Posthumously awarded the VC.
Royal Armoured Corps, No 3 Commando
Dieppe Raid - Yellow Beach (Bernaval).
G, Leading Seaman,
KIA on LCT 390
L/Cpl, 14263668, 07/06/44 (22),
Royal Armoured Corps 1st East Riding Yeomanry, Interred Brettville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.
died in Kangaw
offensive, Burma, on Hill 170 or Pinner.
the Buffs (Royal
East Kent Regiment) & No 4 Commando, died aged 19 during
amphibious landing training exercise on the Isle of Arran.
Herbert R G, Lt (DCM, MM), 287391, 08/06/44, 3 Commando.
Hicks J W, Pte, 4132073, 27/12/41,
Vaagso - Op Archery,
Stoker 1st Class, P/KX 139728, 17/06/44, Royal Navy.
H.M.S. Copra, KIA Op Cut Out
Hitchcock J E,
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
Hobbs L F, AB,
Anzio War Grave.
PO, R.N.D/SSX.14392, 01/11/44, R.N. Commando 'L'
Party, KIA Flushing,
Walcheren. At rest Bergen-op-Zoom War
Howie G D, Cpt, 16/06/44, HQ 4 SS Bde RM,CWG
Hughes C R,
L/Sgt, 6010576 , 27/12/41, Bedfs & Herts Regt
& No 3 Commando, KIA Operation
Leading Seaman, D/JX254497, 17/06/44, RN attached
to HMS COPRA. Missing presumed killed on board LCI(L) 132 following its loss during
Operation Brassard at Elba.
Marine, PLY/X 105762,
01/11/44, Royal Marine, KIA aboard LCG 17 off
Walcheren. Interred at the New Communal Cemetery, Ostend.
Pte, 5775524, 07/06/44 (26), 1st
Btn Royal Norfolk Regiment, Buried in La
Delivrande war cemetery Dourvres Calvados, France.
Marine, Ply/x109563, 06/06/44, 45 CDO C troop.
J, Major (MC), 25/08/44, 46 RM Commando,
Liddel C W,
AB, C/JX 142792, 28/03/42, Royal Navy HMMTB 74,
(Operation Chariot), KIA St Nazaire.
Interred Escoublac-La-Baule War Cemetery, France.
Linge M, Major, 27/12/41, Norwegian Ind Coy 1, Norway,
M E, Sub/Lt, 18/06/42, RNVR, Commander of a LCT
Mk 1 aka an ‘A’ Lighter. Killed by explosion.
1001089, 07/07/44, RAFVR, FDT 216.
Telegraphist, P/JX282662, 01/11/44,Royal Navy, A
Troop 3 Combined Operations Bombardment Unit, KIA Westkapelle,
Walcheren Island. (Submitted by his friend and comrade, Peter
C, Acting PO,
JX 131567, 25/06/44, COPPS 3 and COPPS 4, Killed
when Landing Craft Headquarters (LCH) 185 hit mine off Sword beach. DSM. [Photo; CM in foreground].
Manning V F P, Leading Seaman, P/JX 195429, 10/07/43,
RN Commando, Allied Special Forces, No 6 COPP , KIA, Sicily,
Mantosh G S,
Temp/Cpl, 1286539, 21/02/44,
Radar Operator LST 305, Anzio.
McCormack T, Pte, 2930404, 11/04/42, No 2 Commando & Queen's
Own Cameron Highlanders; 1st (Liverpool Scottish) Bn,
Fusilier, 5115643, 28/01/44, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), KIA.
AB, C/JX407081, 17/5/44, RN 'A'
McHale C, Pte,
3783297, 19/08/43,Sth Lancs Reg. Ist
Lt, 28/02/43, RN Light Coastal
St Nazaire Raid.
M, L/Cpl. 14427503, 2/11/44 (20), 1st Batt.
Highland Light Infantry, City of Glasgow Reg, buried at Bergin Op Zoom Cemetery.
Leading Seaman, D/SSX 26259, 28/03/42 (Missing), ML 262, St. Nazaire,
28th March 1942. 21 year old, married just two weeks. His name is
recorded on the St Nazaire Memorial. One of 105.
Miles J T, AB, C/JX 314712, 27/08/42, RN, Interred Greenock
Operations, Royal Corps of Signals, 14th Beach Signals Section. Mentioned
in Despatches, London Gazette for action during Landings. Grave
location: Bayeux War Cemetery, X.L. 22.
Mitchell J E, AB, P/JX 273423, 19/08/42, RN, HMS Victory III,
Morley C N, Colour Sgt, CH/X 2148, 20/08/44, 47 RM Commando,
Mumby L S, Sgt.
Gunner/Signaller, 1072102, 07/06/ 44, 7th
Field Regiment Royal Artillery, Sword Beach,
Buried Ranville Cemetery.
Newman P R, Colour Sgt, 11/07/43, 41 RM Commando.
465th Ordnance Evacuation Company,
United States Army,
Purple Heart & WW2 Victory Medal,
Pte, 3189059, 02/07/44 (22), KOSB & No 4
Commando, remembered with
honour at Ranville War Cemetery. KIA.
O'Connor D G, A.2. (MiD), P/JX 608040, 17/06/44,
RN Beach Commando,
Palmer E L, Cpl, 6216113, 08/02/45, No 2 S.B.S.
Leading Seaman, D/X 20524 A, 17/06/44, RNR, Braganza, Elba Landings. KIA.
Peckham R J,
1434174, 07/07/44, RAFVR, FDT 216.
Pickering B, Sgt, 612453, 17/11/42,
RAFSC 3201, Dely Ibrahim War
Private, 5346309, 18/08/44, 5th Battalion Royal
Berkshire Regiment, buried at La Deliverende Cemetery.
Plank H H, C.S.M., PLY/X 3504, 02/11/44, 47 R.M. Commando, KIA
Walcheren. Buried Burgen-op-Zoom.
Pollard G G, L/Cpl, C/54200, 17/06/44, 1st Btn Stormont,
Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders,
Pope W J, Marine, CH/X 107152, 12/04/45, 41 RM Commando, Bergen-op-Zoom War
Cpl, 919800, 21/02/44, Driver MT LST 305, Anzio.
Pyman A C H, Cpt (MC), 86776, 06/06/44, 6 Commando.
Redwood F W, PO Motor Mechanic, D/MX 70116, 01/11/44, RN,
Cmbined Operations Landing Craft LCG(M) 102, MPK at
R, Flt/Sgt, 1535801, 18/03/44, RAFVR, 516 Sqd.
Acting AB, C/JX 420813, 06/06/44 (19), HM
LCI(S) 524, KIA, Sword Beach. Interred St Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.
P D, Lt, 06/08/44, 41 RM Commando,
J, Pte, 14492347, 22/03/45, DLI/6Commando, battle accident
Rolt T C,
1681468, 07/07/44, RAFVR, FDT 216.
L/Sgt, 4910237, 25/02/41 (33),
50 Middle East Commando &
South Staffs regiment. He is
commemorated on the Athens memorial Face 6.I.
Sheffield H J,
Stoker 1st/Cl, D/KX 179052, 06/06/44, RN (Landing Craft), HMS Northney.
R, Marine, PO/X110748, 01/11/44, Royal
Marine, KIA aboard
LCF-37 at Walcheren. Underage by 155 days when he enlisted
on 15/4/42 at Eastney Barracks.
Leading Stoker, D/KX79831, 28/03/42, MTB 74, KIA St Nazaire,
France. Operation Chariot.
Lt, 17/06/44, RNVR, HMLCF15
Sissons J G, Temp Sub Lt, July '43, RNVR, Operation Husky,
112th Landing Craft Flotilla Force V. "No other grave but the sea."
Gunner, 06/06/44, No. 4
Commando, Sword Beach, buried in Hermanville War Cemetery.
A W, Rifleman,
Kings Own Rifle Corp & No 5 Commando,
Taukkyan War Cemetery.
Stephen J E, WO, 903322, 06/02/44, RAFVR, 516 Sqd.
Tait J B, Sub Lt, 06/06/44, RNVR,
Teague B J, Cpt, 06/07/44, 46 RM Commando,
Marine, CH/X114395, 06/06/44, Royal Marines, 577 LCT Flotilla.
Thatcher A G M, Marine,
02/11/44, 47 RM Commando,
Thomas D G, Cpt, 25/06/44, Royal Marines, Hermanville.
Thomson H, L/Cpl, PO/X 106815, 18/09/43, 41 RM Commando, Salerno.
Sub Lt., 06/06/44, RNVR - HMS Copra,
Turley F W, Pte, 5254801, 27/12/41, Worcestershire
Regiment and No3 Commando, KIA
Vaagso (Operation Archery).
Wadsworth P R, Marine, CH/X 112639, 06/06/44, Royal Marines, Juno Beach.
Walker J, Marine, FX 3379, 08/06/44, 45 RM Commando,
Sgt, 923374, 21/02/44, Radar Mechanic LST
Wharton B W,
Gunner, 909229, 27/12/41 (22),
Royal Artillery and
No 3 Commando,
died on Operation
Archery – Vaagso. Buried at sea.
White B G, Cpt, 20/08/44, 45 RM Commando,
White R D, Sgt, PO/X 1898, 18/06/44, 45 RM Commando,
Whittaker G B, 35014, 28/06/44, 47 RM Commando.
Williams A M, Sgt, 6098196,12/09/42, Small Scale Raiding
Force, The Queen's Royal
Reg (West Surrey).
Woodgate A J, Fl/Lt, NZ.412300, 06/02/44, RNZAF, NZ /
Woolley W A, Sapper, 1922932, 14/09/42, 295 Army Field Co.
Royal Engineers, Operation Agreement.
We will remember
Key in alphabetical order. AB -
Able Seaman, Bde - Brigade, Bt - Batallion, Cpl - Corporal, Cpt - Captain, CWG -
Commonwealth War Grave, FDT - Fighter Direction Tender,
Flt/Lt Flight Lieutenant,
Flt/Sgt - Flight Sergeant, LAC - Leading Aircraftsman, LCG -
Landing Craft Gun, Lt - Lieutenant, MC - Military Cross,
MiD - Mentioned in despatches, MPK - Missing Presumed Killed, Pte -
Private, RAFSC - RAF Servicing Commando, RAFVR - Royal Air
Force Volunteer Reserve, RM - Royal Marine, RNZAF - Royal New Zealand Air Force, RP
- Runnymede Panel, Sgt - Sergeant, Sqd - Squadron, WG
Photos - War Grave Photographs. WO - Warrant Officer, WRNS
- Women's Royal Naval Service.