They Also Served
A 'Roll of Honour' for Veterans who survived
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.
[Photo: Below; 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. Right; Print of painting
"Combined Ops - A Normandy Beachhead" by David A Thorp.]
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.
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.
Private; Lincolnshire Regiment &
11 Scottish Commando.
Badly wounded during the
Litani River Raid.
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,
courtesy of the Hauraki Herald Newspaper, New Zealand.
Anderton T A.
Stoker 1st Class; Ser No KX 147311; RN Att
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
Two world wars,
all three services, non-commissioned & commissioned,
Mentioned in Dispatches,
medals in both wars
no less than 5 invasion landings!
A E. Wireman; Ser No JX427486; RN &
Combined Operations; Landing Craft Infantry LCI 502 & Landing Craft Tank
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;
MM, MX500204, Combined Ops / RN. Served on
LCT 510, LCT 509, LCT 912 Juno beach. Trained at HMS Dinosaur. Served
from 1942 to 1946. Much loved, much missed. RIP 3/7/ 1976.
Barry K M.
AB; Ser No P/JX 388551; RN Commando 'R'.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Sgt; 907736; RAF Volunteer Reserve 21.11.39 -
7.5.46; Served on HQ Ship HMS Largs at
Overlord. Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished Service.
Bass A G. Ser No PX119454; Royal Marine Commando.
R L. Sgt; Royal Air Servicing Commando
RAFSC 3203; North Africa
and Italy 1942-44. RIP 21/12/1975.
Bates W. Royal Navy as a Stoker in
March 1943; Motor Mechanic in April 1943; December of 1943 Petty Officer
Motor Mechanic on Landing Craft Tank 2313. D-Day landings and Holland in
1945. Discharged on the 4th May 1946.
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.
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;
Marine; Ser No CHX 112104; RN and Combined
23/11/42 to 22/7/46.
D. Sub Lt Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve; RN
Commando 'R'; Sword Beach.
Bland J T.
Petty Officer; Distinguished Service
Medal; Ser No P/JX186974;
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.
Sgt; 6 Commando.
Lt in 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.
Boultwood G J.
Major; 11th Battalion the Devonshire
Regiment; landing Craft Expert attached to Combined Operations.
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.
F R W.
AB; Ser No CJX377668; RNVR;
HMS Copra. RIP 2001.
AB; Ser No CJX354098;
Royal Naval Commando 1941 - 1946; D Day Landings. Passed 03/05/2016.
Briggs A W.
Pte; Ser No
7X108025; 41 RM Commando;
and Salerno. RIP 2006.
E T J. Royal Navy as an Anti-aircraft gunner and,
according to his brother, he drove a landing craft onto
the beaches of
Burgess J C.
Gunner; Ser No 2066140;
Royal Artillery. RIP 1985
Cameron F. Ser No
CH/X 113013; Landing
Craft Flack LCF 32;
Pantelleria, D-Day and
Walcheren. Also HMS Cormorant, Gibraltar via
Valetta, Malta. RIP 1998.
Campbell T H H.
Sapper; Ser No 1877061;
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
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
Pte; Ser No 3861947;
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.
COPP 1; DSC & Bar. He was aboard X20 on
Clarke K E.
Cpl; Ser No
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.
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
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.
R. Pilot; RAF
Couch John (Jack
or Taffy). Able Seaman
June 1942 to June 1946; HMS Copra (Combined
Operations.) Specific details will be added when available.
RIP December 1994,
aged 71 years'
Coulthread D E.
L/Cpl; Ser No 3061447;
Commando Royal Scots Greys;
Black Hackle; Geoffrey Keyes' Batman.
W C. AB; Ser No JX408644; RN Att
COPRA Served on Landing Craft Tank (Assault)
AB; Ser No JX328854; RN Att HMS
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.
AB; Ser No D/JX340221;
Beach Signal Section 9; Scottish
soldier at El Al Amein, Algiers, Sicily, Italy,
D-Day Gold Beach. RIP 26/12//06.
RAF Servicing Commandos.
Joined in Middle East (presumably 3230, 3231 or 3232); Invasion
North Africa. Also served as a corporal armourer on various RAF bomber
bases in the UK. RIP 1982.
Cullen J S.
RN, Ser No D/JX 745268. Special Boat Service (SBS) Photo taken at
HMS Saunders during
training. RIP 15/11/1990.
Daisley E A.
Petty Officer; Royal Navy; Landing Craft
Tank LCT39; Coxswain on D-Day. Trained at HMS
Dalling J V.
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.
Danne G F.
Lt; Royal Navy;
Normandy & Burma.
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
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.
Dobby H B.
Ser No JX355746. RN Attached to Combined
Ops. LCT 1075 March 44 Dec 44.
A J. Acting Leading Stoker; Ser No
HMS COPRA &
Special Operations Executive;
HMS Royal Arthur, Canada (training), North
Atlantic, Italy, Landing Craft (Normandy) & Far East. 25/07/1911 to
Donnison R E.
Pte; Ser No 4807481;
Dunn A C.
3202 RAF Servicing Commando;
Africa & Italy.
AB; Ser No CJX 355755; RN; Landing craft
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.
P J. Ser No
12254; Black Watch & Commandos;
AB (DSM); Ser No SSX 29684;
Beach Commando Fox;
Wounded Sword beach, D-Day, 6th June, 1944. RIP Nov 1950.
Field R P.
AB; PJX 324030; Royal Navy;
HMS Princess Astrid
Salerno and Sword Beach on
D-day. Passed away peacefully in Sussex
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
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).
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.
Leading Seaman; Ser No LTJX195994; Landing
Craft Boatswain (RN & Combined Operations); Mentioned in Dispatches and
awarded citation from the King + Oak leaf.
Telegraphist; Ser No PJX/415098; RN att
North Atlantic Convoys, South of France landings.
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
Bombardment Unit. Sicily, Salerno, Anzio
south of France
T. A/B; RN; HMS Aristocrat on D-Day + Mulberry
W A. RN; HMS Copra;
Landing Craft (Juno Beach) RIP 18 April
French D L.
Lt. RNVR and Combined Operations Command.
LCF 29 off Juno Beach on D Day. Called up in 1939 and commissioned on
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.
Trained at HMS Armadillo, Scotland.
Ginn J W. 20700015; USA 34th
Infantry 'Red Bull' Division; Algiers and Salerno. Military ID attached.
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
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;
Pte; Ser No
7th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
Vaagso & Malloy. RIP 2005.
Pte; Ser No
L/Cpl; Ser No
Commando 1 Troop;
Hale W A.
AC1; Ser No
1321644; Sicily, Anzio, Tunisia and
Hall R M.
Petty Officer; Ser No JX149429;
RN Commando 'K"; RIP 13 Nov 2006.
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.
Temp Lt (E); RNVR - HM LST425; DSC for
courage, endurance and determination in transporting men and supplies to
Hamilton J. JX579250. Royal Navy
attached to Combined Operations. Believed to have landed on Sword beach
and in Holland (Walcheren?). Died in
Rhodesia on 02 Apr1978.
Hannam R H.
D-Day. Survived the assault and overland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Copra 1943/44,
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.
Marine; Ser No PLY. X107588;
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.
KX150246. Volunteered 8 5 42 to the end of the present emergency, HMS
Collingwood as telegrapher from 8 5 42 - 20 5 42; HMS Mercury 20 5 42 - 23 6
42; HMS Victory as a stoker 2 (M)X, 24 6 42 -10 7 42; HMS Pembroke 11 7 42 -
3 8 42; HMS Dinosaur 4 8 42 - 16 2 43. Promoted Stoker1 17 2 43 - 30 4 43,
HMS Hamilton 1 5 43 - 31 12 43, HMS Copra 1 1 44 - 5 10 45 & HMS Victory 7
10 45 -16 1 46.
Hiscox R O.
Temporary Leading Seaman (Coxswain)
D/JX368724. RN October 1942 @ HMS Raleigh. Discharged April 1946.
Attached to Combined Operations serving on LCTs 594, 165, 1092, 29 and
LCI(L) 8. Coxswain of LCT 1092 on D-Day under the command of Lt Wigley
RN, part of the 45th LCT Flotilla. 1092 struck a mine in mid
June and was salvaged at sea and taken to Normandy. Later served in
Egypt on LCI(L) 8. Returned to UK Dec 45/Jan 46 and discharged April
1946. Awarded the Legion De Honneur by the French
Government in 2016. Born Oct1924 and died Nov 2019.
grandfather reportedly helped fix airfields in France and Belgium
following D Day. Stories relayed by my father describe regular sniper
attacks targeting the front driver of convoys, usually the corporal, so
promotion meant death until they agreed to rotate the front driver
role. During one roadside ambush, Thomas took cover in a ditch. His stein
gun jammed and, in a fit of rage and frustration, he threw the gun in the
direction of the enemy. It landed on the road, where it proceeded to empty
its magazine. The story goes that the enemy thought they were being
surrounded and retreated. The next story is in a Belgian town, believed to
be Ghent. Thomas was about to lead the convoy over a bridge when it blew
up, rigged by the retreating Germans.
I thought it would be good to
share this with you in case his name or the second hand stories resonate
with anyone. Thomas returned to his French polishing job after the war and
sadly died in the late 60s following a stroke. My father died a couple of
years ago, so these stories need a new home.
All the best, Paul Hockaday
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
Marines, 539 Assault Flotilla
Normandy & Pacific. RIP 16/6/07.
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.
PJX416555; Royal Navy; Normandy (513 LCA Flotilla, LCA 713) &
Jackson F. Ser No JX278280.
Released on January 22nd 1946 with the rank of petty officer.
Was an LTA pilot on the 17th June 1944 taking commando units
in when his landing craft received several direct hits causing it to
sink. He was recovered from the sea and taken to the American 15th
field hospital in Bastia, Corsica, where he made a full recovery.
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
D.H. RN Stoker 1st Class, Attached to Combined Operations - Service
No. KX143608 HMS Dinosaur,
HMS Copra 1943-1946.
S P. AB; Ser No
LCT995, LCI(L)209. RIP 23/11/2000.
Royal Navy / Combined Forces 1943 - 1946;
Sword Beach on D Day.
Jones F E.
Driver; Ser No 14420817,
Jones J B.
Pte; Ser No
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.
P. AB (?); HMS Devonshire;
Naval Commando; RIP.
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.
Petty Officer Motor Mechanic; Ser No
MX74915/CO; In charge of the engine room of HMLCI (L)247 for over two
Anzio, Commando raids on the Dalamatian Islands
and the South of France. Awarded the DSM in 1944.
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.]
F. Landing Craft Crew; RN (Landing
Craft Assault); Dieppe Raid and
D-Day (Omaha) RIP July 2010.
King H A. Stoker 1st Class, Ser No
D/KX130193. Combined Operations Sept 1943 - March 1946. On D Day
departed Warsash with Canadians. Mentioned in Despatches 22nd June 1944.
Also served in the Pacific.
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).
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 &
Pte; Ser No
Gordons & 9 Commando;
Africa and Italy.
Leading Seaman Coxswain; LCM (Landing Craft Mechanised); LCM Flotilla 143/665; North
Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France. Demobbed mid
Telegrapher; Ser No JK358525; RN Landing
Craft. Served on LCG 14.
AB; Ser No JX33276?; RN. Survived sinking
of landing craft post D Day.
LAC; Ser No
RAF Servicing Commando; Burma & India 1944/45. RIP 2006.
Lightfoot R. Sgt. 358718. RAF regular from 1924
including service in Murmansk, Russia with 151 Wing. Responded to an RAF
appeal - Volunteers wanted in all trades for units to be formed to service
aircraft under hazardous conditions.
Served in Combined Operations,
3210 RAF Servicing Commando Unit
from April 1943 until August 1945.
Served in three theatres of World War 2 - the Arctic, Normandy & Burma.
Discharged from active service in February 1949 'exemplary' after
further stints in North Africa and Middle East. He died 4th September
1967 in Oxford.
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.
A/CMM (CPO); Ser No V27093; RCNVR 80th
Flotilla; 1941-45. Canadian.
Cpl; Ser No 4197433;
Commando; North France,
Operation Torch, Burma. RIP 12/11/78.
G, Captain, 1906 - 1970. Pre war he was a photographer for the London-based British
newspaper the Daily Herald. During WW2, he served as an official
photographer for the War Office and was present during the Dunkirk
evacuation, Operation Archery, the Commando raid
on Vaagso, Norway and, early on D Day morning, he photographed the
departure of the paratroops for the now famous operation to capture Pegasus Bridge, north of Caen in France...
and much more.
Marsh J A. C/MX 504921. RN 20/04/43.
attached to the Combined Operations Command (probably landing craft
operations). Attended HMS
Roseneath - a Combined Operations Shore Establishment in Scotland with pay etc
processed through HMS Copra.
Leading Seaman; Ser No JX347439; Coxswain;
HMS Raleigh, Drake, Dinosaur and Copra. Saw
action on D-Day.
F W Sr. Staff Sgt.
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;
Commando 5Troop. RIP 08/01/99.
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.
W. CPO; Mar 1942 to
1964. Marine for 3 years.
McGinnis W D.
No 1 Commando; US 34 Infantry
Op Torch (North Africa). USA.
C L Sr.
United States Navy; RM2 (Radio
Man, 2nd Class in photo); Sicily,
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
Chief Radioman). RIP 4th December, 1989.
G. Sgt; Ser No
2748467; 2nd Para Battalion;
DCM (11/42 Tunisia) & MM (02/42
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
Mitchinson N R.
CPO; Ser No V8986; RCNVR;
Dieppe, North Africa,
Normandy and South France. Cox’n on LCI (L)
271, Flotilla 264, on D-Day. (1919 – 2008).
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.
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).
LAC; Ser No
Posted to India after 216 was sunk off
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.
Leading Stoker; P/SKX276; RN/Combined Operations Command; LCAs in Scicily, Salerno and D-Day, gold
beach. Born in 1921. RIP 26th
Newman W L.
Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, D Company;
Norman R T G.
W/O; Ser No PO/X102244(T); No 3 Troop RM
Eng. Commando; 16 theatres of war. See
Service. Certificate. RIP 1983.
S/Sgt. Ser No 13119435; 101 Royal Pioneer
Beach Assault Group; 22 Beach Brigade.
Royal Naval Beach Commando; RIP 2007.
O'Marah A J.
TSM; Ser No 4185353;
No1 Commando; RWF & 142 Commando
Openshaw J H.
AB; Ser No JX521740; Signaller,
HMS COPRA 02/01/44 to 15/11/45.
Normandy beaches during initial assault, providing landing craft with
reliable navigational data. RIP 22/11/02.
L/Cpl; Ser No 2819656;
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
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.
2nd TAF 121/ 122 Wing of the
RAF Servicing Commandos;
France on D-Day +2 at Le Fresne Camilly airfield, Volkel in Holland and
Royal Marine Commando; Served on Landing
Craft at Sword Beach and then in the Pacific until September 1945.
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
HMS Largs (?); Army radio operator.
Shipwright Gd 4; MX 90564;
HMS Copra & numerous Combined Operations bases.
Cpl; No 8 Commando; Ex Coldstream Guards.
L/Sgt (MM & Bar); Ser No 3654154; 2
commando 4 troop (South Lancs.Regt); St Nazaire, Salerno,
Vaagso, and Op Butcher Germany.
Able Seaman; Ser No P/JX 553825; Royal
Navy. Enlisted June 1943 and assigned to Combined Operations. Trained
with 19th Landing Barge Vehicle (LBV) Flotilla until 24th May 1944.
Reassigned to 10th LBV Flotilla 25th May 1944. Sailed from Poole to
Omaha Beach 6th June 1944. Returned to UK August 1944. Then assigned to
LST 331 on 27th Feb 1945for Singapore. Was at Singapore on Armistice Day
1945. Returned to UK on HMS Bulolo. Discharged May 1946. RIP 1997.
Peel S E.
Leading Stoker; Ser No
D/KX129758; RN Assault group G.2; DSM for
courage and undaunted devotion to duty.
Attendant (KA 'Doc');
Combined Ops on
(Landing Craft Gun)13, LCG9,
LCG19 (for information).
Petty A H.
ABS; Ser No V.54229;
Commando W Canada. RIP 3/11/11.
Phillips W P A.
LAC; Ser No 1477035; HMS Largs 1941-1946;
Torch, Corkscrew, Husky,
Overlord, Dragoon, Argonaut, Dracula &
Zipper. RIP 15/5/06.
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.
A/B; RN; HMS Aristocrat on D-Day + Mulberry
Poolton J A.
Pte; Ser No B67587; Royal Regiment of
Dieppe, Prisoner of War, Stalag VIIIB. Survived
ordeal. Passed away aged at 87 in 2005.
Pte; Ser No 2991563;
9 Commando; Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. RIP
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.
PO; Ser No JX129595; RN Landing Craft.
Purdom R S.
Coxswain; RN Landing Craft; Normandy, Gold
Beach. RIP 7/6/09.
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.
AB Radar; Ser No PJX 305939; RN;
North Africa, Pantelleria,
Sicily, Italy, Malta,
Overlord Normandy (Sword Beach HQ Ship HMS Largs).
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.
J Group RN
Commandos; Photo; Harry at Courselles sur Mer on 06/06/05 - the location
where he landed on D Day. RIP 2014.
E. Leading Seaman; Ser No V23932; RCNVR /
Combined Operations; Known as Jack. 1941-1945, 80th Flotilla. RIP
27 July 2017. Canada.
AB; Ser No JX192749; RN Landing Craft; HMS
Prins Albert from 19/8/41 to 7/1/45.
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
R. Leading Wireman. Ser No MX
616068; RN/Combined Operations;
Saunders A G.
Pte; Ser No 5190505; No 3 Commando;
Overlord & Germany. RIP 1977.
WO; Ser No 525496; Conspicuous Gallantry
Medal; RAF Dundonald, Ayrshire (Bogside)
Known as Scotty.
J H. HDML 1301 Op Brassard,
Shankland G M. No 4
Sharples J H.
PO; Ser No D/JX 136338; RN Telegraphist;
RIP 29/8/44 in 2nd General Hospital, Caserta, Italy. Interred Caserta
Shears D L.
Pilot RNZAF; 428 RCAF Sqd & 516 Squadron;
Memories of a Pilot
Shepherd D C.
Corporal; Ser No 1575093; RAF Servicing Commando (Armourer) Normandy June 1944.
Telegraphist; RN attached to Combined
Operations; HMS Locust a LS (Landing 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.
AB Seaman; Ser No JX355140; RN (Combined
Slater D G W.
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.
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
C. PO; Ser No C/MX501835; RN Landing Craft, LCT(A) 2039 - sunk
Spring A E.
11 (Scottish) Commando. Parachute
Regiment; Litani River.
PO - Yeoman of Signals; Ser No JX132558;
RN & Combined Operations;
Signals Instructor HMS Dundonald 2 & HMS Pasco '43 - '45. RIP 1987.
Telegraph Operator on HMS Largs.
Flt/Sgt. Ser No 540957; Royal Air
RAFSC Unit 3201;
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.
Temp Acting Leading Seaman; Ser No
JX372473/CO; RN & Combined Operations Command;
Served on LCG 19. Awarded the DSM. RIP
R R L. Light Ack Ack Regiment;
QM; Ser NoCJX542598; RN & Combined
Operations; Landing Craft Tank LST 430. RIP 28/03/12.
Corp. Fit 11E; Ser No 1283743; Royal Air
RAFSC Unit 3208.
Taylor J A (Jonny).
(Combined Operations Landing Craft) - Stoker.
Taylor R J.
Able Seaman, Ser No PJ X324712. Royal Navy Commando.
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.
Sgt; Ser No 1267277; 3201 RAF Servicing
Commando; Mentioned in Despatches; signals; Known as Bill; 23/06/1905 to
No 4 and 6 Commando; 1927-1995.
Corporal; Ser No CH/X110591;
45 RM Commando and
Special Service Brigade; See BBC Antiques Roadshow clip.
R H V.
Flt/Lt; Ser No 123947; 462 RAAF Sqd
(Middle East) & 516 Sqn; RIP Dec 2006.
M. Service number 5826923. No. 1 Commando, 4 troop. Saw action in the
Tunisian campaign and Burma,
including the battle for hill 170. He is 2nd from right, back row in group
photo, One of 8 brothers who saw action in WW2.
Tierney J. No. SSX 19009 Royal Navy, service from 20th Oct 1936 –
23rd Jan 1946. HMS Pembroke 1 & 2 in Chatham UK, HMS Malabar (Boaz Island -
Bermuda) and ships, HMS Pelican, HMS Penzance and HMS Diomede.
Combined Operations training at HMS
Quebec (CTC Inveraray, Scotland.) Able Seaman 13th Dec 1941 - 3rd Nov
1942, A/Leading Seaman (CO.) 4th Nov 1942 - 4th Apr 1943, A/P.O. (CO.) (Ty)
5th Apr 1943 - 30 Jun 1943. HMS Copra as A/P.O.
(CO.) (Ty) from 1st Jul 1943 - 23rd Jan 1946. Released in Class A then RFR
No. B.29579 29th Jan 1946 - 19th Oct 1948 when he re-enrolled 20 Oct 1948 -
19 Oct 1953.
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.
Corporal; Royal Marines; HMS Glenearn on
D-Day. Landing Craft coxswain. Also with ”X” Force on Glenearn & Empire
24th ABW part of SEAC; Seconded
to Combined Ops for Operation ZIPPER August 1945 - the invasion of
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,
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.
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.
Royal Naval 'Beach' Commando; RIP 2007.
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;
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.
(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
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 &
Act/AB. Ser No JX428848/co; RN and
Combined Operations; HMS Copra; 1925 - 1970.
Leading Seaman; Ser No P/JX 330284;
R N Commando; South East Asia Command;
Wickham R H S. Sgt; Ser No
RAF attached Combined Ops; Codes & ciphers
including HQ ship HMS Hilary off Normandy. Later Far East & Bletchley
F G. Pilot;
& 198 Sqd; RIP 2007.
Williams J T. Cpl; Ser No PO/X
111957; 45 Royal Marine
Commando; Mar '42 - Aug '46
HMS Saunders, Egypt. RIP 1974.
Sgt; Ser No 4860042;
No 4 Commando;
Windebank H M S. HMS Glendower for
training then onto HMS Quebec.
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.
Cpl; Ser No 931853;
11 Scottish Commando; Queens Own Cameron Highlanders.
PO; Ser No
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.
Edwin Wright (Ted) RIP 2011.
Stoker 1st Cl; Ser No DKX161302; RN HMS
AB - Able Seaman,
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 -
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