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


We owe a debt of gratitude to all who served the Allied cause in, or alongside, the Combined Operations Command in WW2, including those who did return home.

On this page you can pay tribute to a veteran from the Allied Nations who survived WW2 and who served in, or alongside, the Combined Operations Command. Please send in details of any veterans you wish to nominate using the 'Submit Details' link below, and include a photo and/or a pdf file, with more information about the veteran, if you wish.

[Photos: Below; The moment the Combined Ops memorial was dedicated on July 4th 2013 by the Reverend Prebendary, Tony Wood with General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE ADC Gen, Commander of the Joint Forces Command and bugler, Adrian Harper, looking on. Right; Print of painting "Combined Ops - A Normandy Beachhead" by David A Thorp.]

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.


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Abbots A A. Private; PLY/X.113386; 45 Royal Marine Commando; D-Day +1, France, Holland & Germany including the Rhine crossing and Berlin. Served Aug 43 to Oct 46. RIP 1994.

Ablewhite C. Private; Lincolnshire Regiment & 11 Scottish Commando. Badly wounded during the Litani River Raid.http://www.combinedops.com/PHOTOS%20GENERAL/TAS%20K.W.Alexander.jpg

Alexander KW. Acting Cpl LAC; Ser No 648576; RAF Combined Operations 1941 - 45 in North Africa, Suez Canal, Saudi Arabia, Syracuse Sicily, Naples, Italy, Anzio, Malta, Juhu India, Gibraltar, France. RIP 23/6/07.

Amess F J. AB; PJX 327866; RN LCT 611; D-day and Walcheren. Medal photo, including the Légion d’honneur, courtesy of the Hauraki Herald Newspaper, New Zealand.

Anderton T A. Stoker 1st Class; Ser No KX 147311; RN Att HMS COPRA.

Andrew K. Royal Naval T Commando; Assistant Beach Master, King Green/Gold beach. RIP 20/10/12.


Baker L F. Sgt; Ser No 90191; Royal Air Servicing Commando - RAFSC 3203.

Ballard A H. Royal Navy; Combined Operations; Two world wars, all three services, non-commissioned & commissioned, Mentioned in Dispatches, medals in both wars and no less than 5 invasion landings! Alfred's Story.

Barham A E. Wireman; Ser No JX427486; RN & Combined Operations; Landing Craft Infantry LCI 502 & Landing Craft Tank LCT 7026.

Barker J W. Cpl; Ser No POX 107600; Royal Marine; Landing Craft Flack LCF 20 on D Day.

Barlow R W. LAC; Ser No 1750484; FDT 217;

Barry K M. AB; Ser No P/JX 388551; RN Commando 'R'. Mentioned in Despatches.

Bartlett A W.  Sgt; 907736; RAF Volunteer Reserve 21.11.39 - 7.5.46; Served on HQ Ship HMS Largs at Torch, Corkscrew, Husky, Avalanche and Overlord.  Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished Service.

Bashford R L. Cpl; 6872561; 6 Commando.

Bass A G. Ser No PX119454; Royal Marine Commando.

Bates R L. Sgt; Royal Air Servicing Commando RAFSC 3203;  North Africa and Italy 1942-44 RIP 21/12/1975.

Beadle I N N. Major;45 Royal Marine Commando E troop; Dakar 1940; D-Day 06/06/44; Normandy, Holland, Rhine, Germany, Baltic.  RIP 1981.

Beattie A. Cpl; Ser No 2886105; 11 Commando and Gordon Highlanders; Taken prisoner on raid to capture Rommel. Survived 4 month "death march" from Poland as the Russians pushed the Germans back.

Beeson F W W. Signalmen; Ser No JX675605; Royal Navy; had the unusual distinction of manning a Mulberry Harbour caisson across the English Channel.

Bennett J I. Pte; Ser No 3911811; 3 Commando HQ Troop, the Welch Regiment / S.W. Borderers 1940-46.

Berrisford P J. Sgt. Awarded the  Military Medal; 6 Commando 4 Troop; Operation Torch.

Bingham A. Marine; Ser No CHX 112104; RN and Combined Operations; HMS Glenearn; 23/11/42 to 22/7/46.

Blackmore D. Sub Lt Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve; RN Commando 'R'; Sword Beach.

Bland J T. Petty Officer; Distinguished Service Medal; Ser No P/JX186974; RN Commando; Bruneval, Dunkirk, Lofoten, Islands, Dieppe (Lovatt), Torch, Daffodil (Nth Africa), Sicily and Italy.

Bond W J. CH/X697. Royal Marine Gunner initially serving on ships from 1930 to 1940. HMS Ajax - wounded in action at the Battle of the River Plate in X Turret. Sgt: 101st RM Battalion Dakar. 40 Commando at Dieppe, Sicily , Porto San Venere & Termoli, Italy. Hospitalised after Termoli due to shell shock. Returned to the UK for several months then in a training role in 44/45 rising to CSM. Retired as a Sgt from RM in 1952. RIP 05/02/85.

Boreham J. Sgt; 6 Commando.

Boulton D. Bombardier; 11 Scottish Commando, Litani River Raid; later Lt in 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.

Boultwood G J. Major; 11th Battalion the Devonshire Regiment; landing Craft Expert attached to Combined Operations.

Boustred R. RN; Landing Craft Tank (LCT) 884 & 883; Legion d'Honneur. RIP Dec 2019.

Bowden S C R. Pte; Ser No POX106506; 41 RM Commando; Sicily, Salerno and Normandy Sword Beach. RIP 01/03/2009

Box F R W. AB; Ser No CJX377668; RNVR; HMS Copra. RIP 2001.

Bradley R A. AB; Ser No CJX354098; Royal Naval Commando 1941 - 1946; D Day Landings. Passed 03/05/2016.

Briggs A W. Pte; Ser No PO 7X108025; 41 RM Commando; Sicily and Salerno. RIP 2006.

Bunkall E T J. Royal Navy as an Anti-aircraft gunner and, according to his brother, he drove a landing craft onto the beaches of Normandy.

Burgess J C. Gunner; Ser No 2066140; 4 Commando; Royal Artillery. RIP 1985 Commando Certificate.


Cameron F. Ser No CH/X 113013; Landing Craft Flack LCF 32; PantelleriaD-Day and Walcheren. Also HMS Cormorant, Gibraltar via Valetta, Malta. RIP 1998.

Campbell T H H. Sapper; Ser No 1877061; 9 Commando; RIP 1984.

Carrington J. Leading Seaman; Royal Navy & Combined Operations Command; Coxswain on Landing Craft - Italy and Normandy. RIP 04/01/13. 'Your long voyage is over sailor, rest in peace.'

Chadwick S. Corporal; Ser No PLY 106824; Royal Marines; HMS Empire Mace, D-Day & with "X" Force

Chapman F R. Coxswain; Ser No CJX315806; RN; Landing Craft Support (Large) LCS(L) Mk2 251 on D-Day.

Christie D. Pte; Ser No 3861947; 5 Commando 6 Troop (Loyals); 6/42 to 12/45. [ John Christie writes; I wonder if any photo of the troop exists which may include my father. He served in 5 commando from 1942 to 1945. Please contact us in first instance.  

Clapp S J. Stoker; Ser No P/CX 665201; Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - RNVR; On D-Day, 6th June 1944 left Gosport for Juno Beach on Landing Ship Tank LST 159.  Completed 100 crossings. RIP 18/05/07.

Clark P W. Lt Commander; COPP 1; DSC & Bar. He was aboard X20 on D-Day.

Clarke K E. Cpl; Ser No 13118804 & 5550135; 3 Troop (Misc Group) No10 Inter-Allied Commando. Born Kurt Theodor Goldschlager, from Vienna, Austria. Fled from Nazis and in 1940 joined British Army in the name of Kenneth Clarke. Mentioned in Despatches, Osnabruck.          

Clements T. Ser No 3190208; 5th batt Kings Own Scottish Borderers. British Expeditionary Force from 12/6/1940 to 17/6/1940. Wounded in action at Kievelberg with B company 8 platoon on 28th of December 1944. Discharged 17/9/1945.

Colson A F L. Captain, No 2 Special Boat Service attached COPP 8, M.B.E., Mentioned in Despatches, Far East 1944-45, parent unit Royal Engineers, Mid Arakan 1944-45 (Op.David), Sumatra 1944-45 (Op.Frippery), retired from Royal Engineers 1960 (Major), ordained in Church of England 1962, retired from Ministry 1986, married Alice Ruth Mackay Sim 1951 (3 children), died 29 6 2007, age 85.

Cooling R. Pilot; RAF 516 Squadron.

Coulthread D E. L/Cpl; Ser No 3061447; 11 Scottish Commando Royal Scots Greys; Op Flipper, Black Hackle; Geoffrey Keyes' Batman.

Coutts W C. AB; Ser No JX408644; RN Att HMS COPRA Served on Landing Craft Tank (Assault) LCT(A) 2432.

Cowan A. AB; Ser No JX328854; RN Att HMS COPRA.

Crosby A J. B Troop, 7 Commando; Served in North Africa and injured on Crete. RIP June 1978.

Crowell M M. Chief Petty Officer; Ser No K0465625; Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. 1941 - 45.

Cruikshanks G. AB; Ser No D/JX340221; RN Commando, Beach Signal Section 9; Scottish soldier at El Al Amein, Algiers, Sicily, Italy, D-Day Gold Beach. RIP 26/12//06.

Cuddeford W H. RAF Servicing Commandos. Joined in Middle East (presumably 3230, 3231 or 3232); Invasion of Sicily from North Africa.  Also served as a corporal armourer on various RAF bomber bases in the UK. RIP 1982.


Daisley E A. Petty Officer; Royal Navy; Landing Craft Tank LCT39; Coxswain on D-Day. Trained at HMS Dinosaur 1944.

Dalling J V. LBE 29 (Ex LBE 297), 39 Supply & Repair Flotilla of Force 'O' (Omaha) out of Poole. Legion of Honneur, 22nd Sept 2017. Photos courtesy of his friends, Steve & Dianne Hempsall.

G F. Lt; Royal Navy; COPPist in Normandy & Burma.http://www.combinedops.com/PHOTOS%20GENERAL/TAS%20AJ%20DANDY.jpg

Dandy A J. Cpl; Ser No 1533625; 3210 RAF Servicing Commando; Armourer. RIP 8/8/95.

Davies G J. Sub/Lt; DSC, RNVR; HMS Mistral, HMS Abdiel, Landing Craft Tank, LCT 2037, LCT 2008, HMS Lochailort, HMS Westcliff and HMS Turtle 1942-45.

Davies L. Stoker 1st Class. Ser No KX116516. HMS Quebec, Princess Astrid, Prince Charles, Ettrick, F12, Dundonald, Tormentor, Stopford, Turtle & Boscawen. RIP Aug 1980.

Davies M A W. Major; Ser No 253496; 9 Commando & Northamptons; MC. Click on citation for more information.

Dockey J R. AB; HMS Copra May 1942 - June 1946; HMS Dinosaur; Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star and France and Germany Clasp. RIP 1986.

Dolling A J. Acting Leading Stoker; Ser No KX132341; RN Att HMS COPRA & Special Operations Executive; HMS Royal Arthur, Canada (training), North Atlantic, Italy, Landing Craft (Normandy) & Far East. 25/07/1911 to 26/12/1999.

Donnison R E. Pte; Ser No 4807481; 5 Commando; 1941-46.

Dunn A C. Ser No 1450390; 3202 RAF Servicing Commando; Africa & Italy.


Eden J. AB; Ser No CJX 355755; RN; Landing craft (Omaha).

Edeson P J. Pte; Ser No CLX /109402; Royal Marine; Landing Craft Gun (Large) LCG (L) 18; See LCG19.

Elcome H J C. Leading Air Craftsman; Ser No 1717143; RAF SCU 3204 +2TAF; Served from1942-47. RIP 2003.

Elkington P J. Ser No 12254; Black Watch &  Commandos; Burma (Chindits).

Emery D. AB (DSM); Ser No SSX 29684; Royal Naval Beach Commando Fox; Wounded Sword beach, D-Day, 6th June, 1944. RIP Nov 1950.


Field R P. AB; PJX 324030; Royal Navy; HMS Quebec;  HMS Copra; LCA Dieppe Raid; HMS Princess Astrid Sicily, Salerno and Sword Beach on D-day. Passed away peacefully in Sussex on 29/12/2011.

Findlay I. RN; Petty Officer Artificer (Engineering); served at Inveraray and Gosport. In addition to his normal duties, he played the violin and took part in concert parties at HMS Quebec.

Finucane F V. Leading Seaman; Ser No J100901 & P/JX 667462; RN att HMS Copra; HMS Princess Astrid; Landing Craft, Dieppe, Sicily, D-Day. 1905 - 1987.

Fitzimmonds E (Ted). Shadowed the Bismark on HMS Gleaner. Served on the Normandy beaches from D Day as crew member aboard a Landing Barge Engineering (LBE) providing vital emergency repairs to craft and war machines.

Fletcher W J. Leading Seaman; Ser No LTJX195994; Landing Craft Boatswain (RN & Combined Operations); Mentioned in Dispatches and awarded citation from the King + Oak leaf.

Folkes T. Telegraphist; Ser No PJX/415098; RN att HMS Copra; D-Day, North Atlantic Convoys, South of France landings.

Foote H A W. AB; Ser No JX381889; 596 and 508 Flotilla, D-Day Normandy Landings then Far East LCFU 22, Naval Party 4122.  RIP 07/04/99.

Ford C D. Telegraphist; Ser No D/JX 359899; RN att HMS Copra; Bombardment Unit. Sicily, Salerno, Anzio south of France

Fowe T. A/B; RN; HMS Aristocrat on D-Day + Mulberry Harbours

Francis W A. RN; HMS Copra; Landing Craft (Juno Beach) RIP 18 April 2012.

French H E H. AB; Ser No J 113064; RN 1925-49 & HMS Misoa; RIP 1977 aged 68.


Gamblin F J. AB; Ser No V59716; Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve - RCNVR - RN (Beach) Commandos; New Brunswick, Canada. RIP 1994

Gardner W J. Squadron Leader; Ser No 44552; RAF 105 Wing; HQ Ship Personnel Holding Unit.

Gaster J. Asst Beachmaster; Royal Naval Commando; Trained at HMS Armadillo, Scotland.

Ginn J W. 20700015; USA 34th Infantry 'Red Bull' Division; Algiers and Salerno. Military ID attached.

Glen J. Flight Sergeant; Ser No; 976168; RAF Seaborne Radar FDT 217. Mentioned in Despatches; RIP 2000.

Gorle H W. Pte; er No B66881; Royal Regiment of Canada; Wounded Dieppe 1942, POW, Repatriated 1944.

Graham T J W.  Stoker 1st Class; Ser No P/KX161168; HMS Copra 1/9/43 to 24/8/44; May have been involved in Operation Taxable - the D-Day deception convoy.

Grant F J. Ser No Po/x116789; Royal Marines; Combined Ops, Special Boat Service; D-Day Veteran.http://www.combinedops.com/COM_PHOTOS/TAS%20Tom.jpg

Grant T. Pte; Ser No 2080011; 3 Commando; 7th Bn. Durham Light Infantry Lofoton Islands; Vaagso & Malloy. RIP 2005.

Green A. Pte; Ser No PLY/X 111456; 4th Commando Brigade; Signal Troop.


Hailes S B. L/Cpl; Ser No 4620600; 3 Commando 1 Troop; 1940-42; POW Dieppe.

Hale W A. AC1; Ser No 1321644; Sicily, Anzio, Tunisia and Arnhem.

Hall R M. Petty Officer; Ser No JX149429; RN Commando 'K"; RIP 13 Nov 2006.

Hamilton A. RAF; Served on a Landing Ship Tank modified to provide radar/communications off the Normandy beaches. FDT 216. RIP 27 Aug 2013 aged 92.

Hamilton J. Temp Lt (E); RNVR - HM LST425; DSC for courage, endurance and determination in transporting men and supplies to Normandy.

Hannam R H. AB; RN Commando; D-Day. Survived the assault and overland to Hamburg.

Harper K J. L/Cpl; Ser No PLY/X111654; Marine Signals; Joined February 1942 & took part in the D-Day Landings Gold Beach. Demobbed July 46. Deceased September 1976, aged 51.

Harris R G. Pte; Ser No 14992685; 5 Commando; Served in India, Burma and Hong Kong until November 1946.

Harrison G D. Leading Seaman Coxswain; Ser No V8809; RCNVR, Combined Operations 1941 - 45, 80th Flotilla Canadian; North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Comox Spit (British Columbia, Canada), Combined Operations Training base, aka Givenchy III.

Harrison W. Ser No JX354155; RN Landing Craft; D-Day.

Hart G M. Lt Cmdr; Merchant Navy, RNR 1939 and RINR; Command of 1) HMIS Kalavati, 2) Combined Operations Training Camp, Marvee, India. Intelligence Officer Mountbatten's Burma HQ. RIP Christchurch New Zealand 16/08/87

Hattersley A. Signalman; Ser No 340306; Combined Operations, Royal Navy 1942–1946; Sicily, Italy, Normandy and the Far East. RIP 22 September 2016, Bristol, England, aged 93. Alf's Story

Haynes B. Ser No PMX 739377; Combined Operations; HMLCT (4) 823 at  HMS Hopetoun, South Queensferry and commissioned HMLCT (8) 4042 at Leith, both in Scotland. Also HMS Appledore and other bases in the south of England.

Heath A. AB; Ser No P/JX 418280; RN Commando 'R3'; Normandy, Sword Beach - 6/6/44. RIP 1/1/2008 RN Commandos

Henderson L F M. Pte; Ser No V41125; RCNVR; Canadian.

Henson F L. AB; Ser No JX376601; HMS Quebec 1943, HMS Copra 1943/44, HMS Appledore. LCOCU (Landing Craft Obstacle Clearance Unit.) LCOCU - trained to remove underwater mines and beach obstacles prior to D-Day. Very hazardous work. Landed with Canadians at NanGreen Sector, Juno Beach. RIP 27/12/84.

Higgins H C. Commando; Injured in the Raid on Vaagso, Norway in Dec 1941. The photo shows him receiving medical treatment in the field of battle.

Hill P. Marine; Ser No PLY. X107588; HMS COPRA HMS Dinosaur, HMS Quebec & HMS Westcliff. HMS Sultan 2; Served in Landing Craft Gun (Large) 13. Gold Beach, Sicily & Burma. Burma Star, Italy Star, France V.G. Star. Died 8th September 1991.

Holland J.  Ser No D/MX 509506 Petty Officer who served on HMS Glenearn.  He died 12th March 1985.

Hope J D E. Marine Corporal; Mother ship was HMS Glenearn; Coxswain on landing craft. Force X in the Pacific on HMS Glenearn. RIP 8/8/92.

Howard D. Ser No C/X 112798; Royal Marines, 539 Assault Flotilla Normandy & Pacific. RIP 16/6/07.

Hughes G. Ser No P/JX619267; Naval Signal Unit; Italian star, Burma Star, Defence, Victory 1939-45


Irving M A.  Cpl; Ser No 4205846; 4 Commando, Normandy (Sword Beach) & Walcheren. Aug 1941- Dec 1945.

Isaac S. Ser No PJX416555; Royal Navy; Normandy (513 LCA Flotilla, LCA 713) & Walcheren.


Jackson WJR. Lt. Ser No 66722(v); SANF(V) sec'd. RN; South African. L.C.S.(M) Boat Officer, 940th Flotilla.  Operations Ironclad 1942 and Stream. Burma 1943, Mayu River Party. 

Jenkins R E. Royal Marines; Combined Operations 814 Flotilla.

Johnson S P. AB; Ser No JX373958; RN HMS Copra; LCT995, LCI(L)209.  RIP 23/11/2000.

Jones D. D/JX 419420; Royal Navy / Combined Forces 1943 - 1946; Sword Beach on D Day.

Jones F E. Driver; Ser No 14420817, 4 Commando. RIP 2018.

Jones J B. Pte; Ser No 5347501; 9 Commando; 1941-1945. RIP 2004.

Jones T A J. Stoker 1st Class; Ser No KX 525510; HMS Cricket (Landing Craft Base) and HMS Hornet RN Bases. Served on MTBs as part of Coastal Defences. Known affectionately as Arnie (Arnold) or TAJ Jones.

Jones V P. AB (?); HMS Devonshire; Royal Naval Commando; RIP.

Jones W P L. Motor Mechanic later PO; Ser No MX 125713; Royal navy 22,2.1943 - 15.10.1946; 602 Marine Flotilla in charge of 16 LCMs and LCAs landing on Sword Beach. Served in Normandy until October 44.  RIP 16.01.03.

Jordan J. Petty Officer Motor Mechanic; Ser No MX74915/CO; In charge of the engine room of HMLCI (L)247 for over two years. Pantellaria, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, Commando raids on the Dalamatian Islands and the South of France. Awarded the DSM in 1944.


Keen J T. Sub Lt RIN; Royal Indian Navy. Combined Operations from late 1943. Served on landing craft in Burma in 1945 after training near Bombay in 1944. [1922 - 1996.]

Keyworth F. Landing Craft Crew; RN (Landing Craft Assault); Dieppe Raid and D-Day (Omaha) RIP July 2010.

King L A. Leading Seaman; Ser No C/JX 379424; Piloting a LCA; DSM for gallantry at action on the Dutch Coast in 1944 (believed to be Operation Infatuate - Walcheren).

Knibbs E. Marine; Ser No PO/X 116173; 536 LCA Flotilla RM, LCA 866; D-Day landings Sword beach, HMS Empire Cutlass. Also Pacific Force X attached to the US 7th Fleet.

Knutsen O K. Korporal; No. 5 (Norwegian) Troop of No. 10 Inter-Allied Commando. D-Day & Walcheren. (Norwegian).


Laming F A. Pte; Ser No 897518; Gordons & 9 Commando; Africa and Italy.

Lankester P. Leading Seaman Coxswain; LCM (Landing Craft Mechanised); LCM Flotilla 143/665; North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France. Demobbed mid 1946.

Law P E. Telegrapher; Ser No JK358525; RN Landing Craft. Served on LCG 14.

Learmouth W. AB; Ser No JX33276?; RN. Survived sinking of landing craft post D Day.

Leo L. LAC; Ser No 1727259 ;3207 RAF Servicing Commando; Burma & India 1944/45. RIP 2006.


MacDonald I M. 5 Commando; Returned to his home in Kenya after the war.

Maddison Raymond, AB, Served on a landing craft taking troops to Sword Beach with Lord Lovat's Commandos, as part of Combined Ops. He volunteered and was 19 years old on D Day.  DoB 15/11/1924. He also served on HMS Swiftsure in the Pacific Fleet and went into Hong Kong harbour to ensure the surrender of the Japanese.  He also witnessed the aftermath of the atomic bomb at Nagasaki.

Maguire S. A/CMM (CPO); Ser No V27093; RCNVR 80th Flotilla; 1941-45. Canadian.

Maines H. Cpl; Ser No 4197433; No 1 Commando; North France, Operation Torch, Burma. RIP 12/11/78.

Martin F W Sr. Staff Sgt. USA.

Matthews R. RN, 1916 - 1986, Yeoman of Signals, HMS Kingsmill, landed on D Day, second wave. Seconded to Combined Ops and billeted on the lawns of the chateau in Meuvaines to establish and maintain communications. Then made his way through N France just behind the German line as towns were liberated, to Calais eventually, where he was stationed in the lighthouse.
(Diana Mellor, nee Matthews).

McAllister W H C. Pte; Ser No 842944; No 9 Commando 5Troop. RIP 08/01/99.

McCausland W. LAC; Ser No 621687; RAF & Combined Ops. Enlisted Belfast 1938, joined Combined Ops and in 1943 was attached as an LAC to 69 Beach Unit, Salerno Landing, operation Avalanche. Discharge 1946 from 213 squadron. RIP 1975.

McClendon R W. CPO; Mar 1942 to 1964. Marine for 3 years.

McGinnis W D. Attached No 1 Commando; US 34 Infantry Div. Op Torch (North Africa). USA.

McKamey C L Sr. United States Navy; RM2 (Radio Man, 2nd Class in photo); Sicily, Italy & Normandy (Sword, Gold & Juno beaches). Assigned to U.S. Naval Amphibious Forces, European and Pacific Theaters with Amphibious Landing Small Boats and Demolition Teams. Commands attached to: USS LST3, USS LST347, USS LST352, USS LST385, LCI's, LCT's, LCVP's, 3rd, 5th, and 8th Armies and U.S. Army Ranger Commands. He 'acquired' the motorbike from a German messenger in North Africa and used it throughout the war! Retired from the Navy in 1966 as a RMCS (Senior Chief Radioman). RIP 4th December, 1989.

McKenzie G. Sgt; Ser No 2748467;  2nd Para Battalion; DCM (11/42 Tunisia) & MM (02/42 Bruneval).

Marshall J. Leading Seaman; Ser No JX347439; Coxswain; HMS Raleigh, Drake, Dinosaur and Copra. Saw action on D-Day.

Merchant H P. AB; Crew member and forward gunner on  LCI (L). Served in European & Pacific theatres of war. RIP 29/04/16.

Mehlert F J. CPO; Ser No CMX 5017 CEMM; Motor Mechanic/Engineer; HMS Mylodon RN (Combined Ops) Training Establishment. Served 1943 to 1946. RIP 28/12/16.

Merry W E. JX 382962; RN 131 Flotilla;1942-1945.

Miles G J. Leading Seaman; P/SSX 30846; RN (Naval Commando). Coxswain on Tank Landing Craft. RIP 1981.

Miles W J. AB; RN  Portsmouth Division; Gold beach (Launched from Princess Margaret), Walcheran, Antwerp, Rhine crossing (wounded), Java, Sumatra, Malaya, India. RIP 25/06/07.

Mitchinson N R. CPO; Ser No V8986; RCNVR; Dieppe, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and South France. Cox’n on LCI (L) 271, Flotilla 264, on D-Day. (1919 – 2008).

Mooney P. PO;  Royal Navy (Motor Mechanic); KIA Operation Chariot, St Nazaire 28th March 1942.

Moreton W G. AB; JX 328617; Royal Navy; HMS Indomitable, LCG 5 & LCG 18.

Morris W. Pte; Ser No 2756712; Blackwatch (Parachutist); Attached C Batallion Layforce L Detachment.  POW Nov 1941. MM for escape/evasions and Special Operations, (Actions with Partisans in Italy).

Muddle C. LAC; Ser No 1655091; FDT 216; Posted to India after 216 was sunk off Normandy.

Mullett R W. 45 Royal Marine Commando in Italy, North Africa and Normandy escorting the Americans on landing craft. Lived a full life until 1994. Middle row far right in photo.


Napper F. Stoker; P/SKX276; RN/Combined Operations Command; LCAs in Scicily, Salerno and D-Day, gold beach. Born in 1921.

Newman W L. Pte; Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, D Company; Military Medal. Dieppe 19/8/42. POW.

Norman R T G. W/O; Ser No PO/X102244(T); No 3 Troop RM Eng. Commando; 16 theatres of war. See Commando Service. Certificate. RIP 1983.

Nugent J. S/Sgt. Ser No 13119435; 101 Royal Pioneer Beach Assault Group; 22 Beach Brigade.


Oakley K. Royal Naval Beach Commando; RIP 2007.

O'Marah A J. TSM; Ser No 4185353; No1 Commando; RWF & 142 Commando Company, Burma.

Openshaw J H. AB; Ser No JX521740; Signaller, HMS COPRA 02/01/44 to 15/11/45. D-Day on Normandy beaches during initial assault, providing landing craft with reliable navigational data. RIP 22/11/02.

Orton J. L/Cpl; Ser No 2819656; No 11 Commando. Later L Det  SAS Brigade.Reported missing in action 16/11/41 on the Timimi/Gazala raid (Operation Crusader). Later confirmed as a PoW. On release transferred to the RASC until 24/05/47. 

Orton K W. Royal Marines. Served in the Mediterranean after the long route around South Africa. RIP 18/01/16 Aged 90.


Page M C. AB. Ser No P/JX 428125.  Served on HMS Royal Ulsterman and was Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service, leadership and devotion to duty. RIP 1990s.

Parker J.
2nd TAF 121/ 122 Wing of the RAF Servicing Commandos; France on D-Day +2 at Le Fresne Camilly airfield, Volkel in Holland and Copenhagen.

Parks G R. Royal Marine Commando; Served on Landing Craft at Sword Beach and then in the Pacific until September 1945.

Parr S. Temp Lt (DSC 4/11/44); Ser No JX264305; RNVR; HM LCT 379, HM LCT 369 and HM LCT 304. OiC of HM LCG 5 and HM LCG 18.

Parris H. HMS Largs (?); Army radio operator. (1923-1996).

Patterson JG. Shipwright Gd 4; MX 90564; HMS Copra & numerous Combined Operations bases.

Peace J. Cpl; No 8 Commando; Ex Coldstream Guards. RIP 1982

Peachey F. L/Sgt (MM & Bar); Ser No 3654154; 2 commando 4 troop (South Lancs.Regt); St Nazaire, Salerno, Vaagso, and Op Butcher Germany.

Peel S E. Leading Stoker; Ser No D/KX129758; RN Assault group G.2; DSM for courage and undaunted devotion to duty. (1911-1983).

Percival J F. Sick Berth Attendant (KA 'Doc'); Combined Ops on LCG (Landing Craft Gun)13, LCG9, LCG10 & LCG12; Sicily, Italy, Malta, Normandy & Walcheren. RIP11/9/2009. LCG19 (for information).

Petty A H. ABS; Ser No V.54229; RCN Beach Commando W Canada. RIP 3/11/11.

Phillips W P A. LAC; Ser No 1477035; HMS Largs 1941-1946; Torch, Corkscrew, Husky, Avalanche, Overlord, Dragoon, Argonaut, Dracula & Zipper. RIP 15/5/06.

Pilling S. Leading Seaman; Ser No C/JX256386; Royal Navy & Combined Operations Command; Born in Manchester, Volunteered for RN on 30 Mar 41, age 29. Initially trained at Raleigh, selected for Combined Operations and trained at HMS Quebec and HMS Dinosaur by Mar 42. Listed as AB on LCT121(5) at Dieppe 19 Aug 1942, and Coxswain for LCT859 on 6 June 1944, D-Day, Sword Beach. Stan saw service on several other LCTs and LCFs before being released in Feb 46. Sadly Stan Died 10 Nov 1963, but is still much missed by his family.

Polglaze R. A/B; RN; HMS Aristocrat on D-Day + Mulberry Harbours.

Poolton J A. Pte; Ser No B67587; Royal Regiment of Canada; Dieppe, Prisoner of War, Stalag VIIIB. Survived ordeal. Passed away aged at 87 in 2005.

Port J. Pte; Ser No 2991563; 5th Troop, 9 Commando; Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. RIP 1973.

Prentice J C E. SQMS; Ser No 24329427; Royal Signals. Served within Combined Ops, 4th Ships Signals Section; HMS Goatland, HMS Lothian, HMS Persimmon & all HQ ships.

Price A G. PO; Ser No JX129595; RN Landing Craft.

Purdom R S. Coxswain; RN Landing Craft; Normandy, Gold Beach. RIP 7/6/09.


Radford KW. Pte; Ser No CH/X109608; Royal Marines Combined Operations; Served on Landing Craft Flak (LCF) 29 based at Poole, Dorset. England. At Normandy, Overlord, landings on 6th June 1944 in support of Canadian Forces landing on JUNO Beach. Was also on LCF 29 at Walcheren in October/November 1944. Passed away 25th October 2012 RIP.

Ralph T. AB Radar; Ser No PJX 305939; RN; North Africa, Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy, Malta, Overlord Normandy (Sword Beach HQ Ship HMS Largs).

Rand L J. A/B; Ser No PJX 514714; RN; HMS Aristocrat on D-Day + Mulberry Harbours

Rees L N. Sub Lt; RNVR . Ordinary Seaman 10th M L Flotilla Coastal Forces HMS Black Bat.  Sub Lt. HMS Lochailort,  HMS Quebec,  HMS Amzari Vizagapatan India  LCT Skipper.

Reid F F. Royal Marines, Burma.

Richards H. J Group RN Commandos; Photo; Harry at Courselles sur Mer on 06/06/05 - the location where he landed on D Day. RIP 2014.

Rimmer J E. Leading Seaman; Ser No V23932; RCNVR / Combined Operations; Known as Jack. 1941-1945, 80th Flotilla. RIP 27 July 2017. Canada.

Rodaway W F. AB; Ser No JX192749; RN Landing Craft; HMS Prins Albert  from 19/8/41 to 7/1/45.

Rowling E. Sub Lt RNVR; Ser No JX271458; RN Landing Craft; HM LCI(S) 502 on D-Day (Queen Red in area Sword). HM LCI(L) 04 (in command) Jan 1945 to March 1946.


Sadler W (Bill). No 6 Commando 2 Troop, Gunner.

Sandquest R. Leading Wireman. Ser No MX 616068; RN/Combined Operations; Service record.

Saunders A G. Pte; Ser No 5190505; No 3 Commando; Lofoten, Vaagso, Sicily, Italy, Overlord & Germany. RIP 1977.

Scott H. WO; Ser No 525496; Conspicuous Gallantry Medal; RAF Dundonald, Ayrshire (Bogside) Known as Scotty.

Shankland G M. No 4 Commando Unit.

Sharples J H. PO; Ser No D/JX 136338; RN Telegraphist; RIP 29/8/44 in 2nd General Hospital, Caserta, Italy. Interred Caserta War Cemetery.

Shears D L. Pilot RNZAF; 428 RCAF Sqd & 516 Squadron; Memories of a Pilot RIP 8/6/06.  

Shepherd D C. Corporal; Ser No 1575093; RAF Servicing Commando (Armourer) Normandy June 1944.

Simpson R. Telegraphist; RN attached to Combined Operations; HMS Locust a LS (Landing Ship) HQ Ship off Sword Beach on D-Day; emergency beach communications at Mulberry B. Later drafted into 25th Dragoons in India as DD (Swimming Tank) driver/operator as part of the cancelled 'Zipper' Operation. RIP 18/11/10.

Sims W. AB Seaman; Ser No JX355140; RN (Combined Operations) Landing Craft.

Slater D G W. Lt; 'COPPist' RNVR; COPP6. RIP 30th May 2007.

Smallman W H. AB; Ser No JX 380389; RN Beach Commando. (?)

Smith F W T. Lt; Ser No MX68176; RNVR & Combined Operations; HMS Stag Div K, HMS Saunders, HMS Victory, HMS Drake. RIP 21/6/2009

Smith R G. Stoker 1st Class; Ser No C/KX571807; RN Landing Craft; Normandy Overlord and Burma. RIP 1997.

Snelle W. Temp Lt;  Ser No PO/JX213252; RNVR & Combined Operations; Landing Craft Flotilla Officer 128th LCA; DSC Sicily. RIP 1997.

South E H J (Jim). No 6 Commando 2 Troop. Gunner.

Spackman C. PO; Ser No C/MX501835; RN Landing Craft, LCT(A) 2039 - sunk D-Day.

Spring A E. 11 (Scottish) Commando. Parachute Regiment; Litani River.

Spurgeon M R. PO - Yeoman of Signals; Ser No JX132558; RN & Combined Operations; Signals Instructor HMS Dundonald 2 & HMS Pasco '43 - '45. RIP 1987.

Squires J. Telegraph Operator on HMS Largs.

Stanhope E D. Flt/Sgt. Ser No 540957; Royal Air Servicing Commando; RAFSC Unit 3201; RAFSC.

Staples D. Coxswain. Ser No Po/X104326; Royal Marine 1941-1946; Served on LCM(1) served on RFA Dewdale Flotilla 690. Also involved in Burma, Singapore, Italy, North Africa. Passed away 1975 RIP.

Starkey A H. Temp Acting Leading Seaman; Ser No JX372473/CO; RN & Combined Operations Command; Served on LCG 19. Awarded the DSM. RIP 11/01/16

Stevens R R L. Light Ack Ack Regiment; D-Day, Holland.

Stockwell B W. QM; Ser NoCJX542598; RN & Combined Operations; Landing Craft Tank LST 430. RIP 28/03/12.

Stone B. Corp. Fit 11E; Ser No 1283743; Royal Air Servicing Commando, RAFSC Unit 3208.


Taylor J A (Jonny). Royal Navy (Combined Operations Landing Craft) - Stoker.

Taylor R J. Able Seaman, Ser No PJ X324712. Royal Navy Commando. Operations Husky, Avalanche (landing with X British Corps 09/09/1943), Screwdriver & Screwdriver 2 in Burma, March 1944. Medals awarded were; Africa Star, Italy Star, Pacific Star, Burma Star, 1939-45 Star & War & Victory Medal. Photo; Wedding 17/08/44. RIP 27/12/98 aged 75.

Tee E H. Sgt; Ser No 1267277; 3201 RAF Servicing Commando; Mentioned in Despatches; signals; Known as Bill; 23/06/1905 to 12/05/1983.

Tett L F. No 4 and 6 Commando; 1927-1995.

Thomas P. Corporal; Ser No CH/X110591; 45 RM Commando and Special Service Brigade; See BBC Antiques Roadshow clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZbWnnJuk14

Thomas R H V. Flt/Lt; Ser No 123947; 462 RAAF Sqd (Middle East) & 516 Sqn; RIP Dec 2006.

Tiner W A. Leading Seaman. Ser No A4322; RCNR; Landing Craft Infantry, LCI Helmsman; North Africa, Sicily and D-Day (Juno). On June 6 1944, Bill walked out of camp to marry his sweetheart Samantha (Sammy). However, the duty guard had other ideas and before long Bill was off to the Normandy  beaches leaving Sammy unawares at the alter! As the photo shows, they wed on the 2nd attempt. Sadly Bill passed away on 18/03/10. RIP.

Townsend B. Corporal; Royal Marines; HMS Glenearn on D-Day. Landing Craft coxswain. Also with ”X” Force on Glenearn & Empire Battleaxe.

Townsend R. REME 24th ABW part of SEAC; Seconded to Combined Ops for Operation ZIPPER August 1945 -  the invasion of Malaya.

Turnbull K. Stoker 1st Cl. Ser No KX161920; Royal Navy. Employed on landing craft in home waters followed by service in India and Singapore. Known as ‘Nipper’ to his friends and comrades in arms. RIP 1982  [If anyone has any knowledge of my father please contact me, bill@g3sbt.co.uk .]

Twyman S A J. Sub Lt; Ser No JX 386529; RNVR. Midshipman on LCT 2238. In 2004 was awarded the Legion d’Honneur. Born 27.7.1925. From Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Prominent Member and officeholder, Normandy Veterans Association. Passed away Nov 2013. RIP.


Unwin A. Private; Signaller; 14372794 Albert Unwin, formerly of the Middlesex Regt, served as a Radio Operator in F Troop No 4 Commando. He passed out of the CTC Achnacarry on 24th January 1944, he was wounded in Normandy and left Commando service on 29th November 1944 in medical category C2, later being assessed as B6, seeing out the war guarding SS Officer Prisoners at Crewe Hall. In Albert's Footsteps.

Urwin J R. Sub-Lt; Royal Naval 'Beach' Commando; RIP 2007.


Vaughan I. T/Lt; AB; Ser No D/JX 223760; Combined Ops, RNVR; 1942 Dieppe, 5th LCP (l) Flotilla; 1944 Normandy, Pointe De Hoc,  520th LCA Flotilla from LCI Ben My Chree; 1944 S. Beveland, E Schelt and Holland,  Force T 509th LCA Flotilla.

Vine E G. AB; Ser No JX 355938; RN & Combined Operations; HMS COPRA.


Walton R B. A/PO RM(R); Ser No PMX672557; HMS COPRA 597 LCN  Served in Mountbatten's beach reconnaissance parties in Malaya to Singapore 1945.

Ward R G R. Ser No (Chatham) CMX99890. Commissioned new landing craft in the USA and took them to North Africa where he saw action. On D Day, served on LCT(R) 438 off Gold Beach where, despite being in support of the initial assault troops under hazardous enemy fire, he carried out his duties 'with no problems.' Later took landing craft to the Far East.

Ward T C. Cpl; Ser No CH/X105215(T); 46 RMC - 1st Commando Brigade.

Watts G R. Ser No JX 304965; R N Commando 'G3'; RIP 28/09/06.

Webster Thomas William. Stoker 1st class HMS Glengyle (North Africa), 12th Flotilla - LCT 7012 D-Day +

Whereatt S G. AB; Ser No D/JX.369940; RN & Combined Operations; Wacheren & LCT 979.

Whitman E R. Act/AB. Ser No JX428848/co; RN and Combined Operations; HMS Copra; 1925 - 1970.

Whiteley W. Leading Seaman; Ser No P/JX 330284; R N Commando; South East Asia Command; Force Z.

Wickham R H S. Sgt; Ser No 652277; RAF attached Combined Ops; Codes & ciphers including HQ ship HMS Hilary off Normandy. Later Far East & Bletchley Park.

Williams F G. Pilot; 516 Sqn & 198 Sqd; RIP 2007.

Williams J T. Cpl; Ser No PO/X 111957; 45 Royal Marine Commando; Mar '42 - Aug '46.

Williams T G.  RNVR; HMS Saunders, Egypt. RIP 1974.

Wilson W L. Sgt; Ser No 4860042; No 4 Commando; RIP 8/87.

Windebank H M S. HMS Glendower for training then onto HMS Quebec.

Windebank S. LAC; HMS Largs, Sicily, Normandy, Sth France; RIP 8/07.

Wing C J W. AB; Ser No P/JX 321824; RN Commando  'L' Party (HMS Copra); Juno Beach & Walcheren (Westkapelle) 1/11/ 44. RIP 1978.

Witham F E. 41 RM Commando; Salerno, D Day (Lion Sur Mer) and Walcheren.

Wood A. Cpl; Ser No 931853; 11 Scottish Commando; Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. Litani Raid

Woodall G C. PO; Ser No DMX92147; RN & Combined Ops attached  HMS COPRA. RIP 24/1/06 aged 94.

Worsley S. Ser No PO/X121876; E troop, 45 RM Commando; Volunteered 19th October 1943 aged 20 "for hazardous duties." Landed Sword/ Queen/Red Beach from LCI 519 on D Day, Captured on 7th June 1944. POW at Marlag Ind Milag Nord in Germany. Escaped April1945. Died in 1999 aged 76.

Wright E. 9 Commando; Edwin Wright (Ted) RIP 2011.


Yates D. Stoker 1st Cl; Ser No DKX161302; RN HMS Princess Astrid.


AB - Able Seaman, A/CMM - Acting Chief Motor Mechanic,  Att - Attached to, COPPs  Combined Operations Pilotage Parties, Cpl - Corporal, CPO - Chief Petty Officer, DSM - Distinguished Service Medal, FDT - Fighter Direction Tender, Flt/Sgt - Flight Sergeant, LAC - Leading Air Craftsman, LCG - Landing Craft Gun, MiD - Mentioned in Despatches, MM - Military Medal, PO - Petty Officer, Pte - Private, QM - Quarter Master, RAFSC - RAF Servicing Commando, Sgt - Sergeant, Sqn - Squadron, Trp - Troop and W/O - Warrant Officer.

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.

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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 it’s an account of the day from a veteran or a tale passed down by a relative, we’re 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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