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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.

 
Surname Init Rank Service No Service/Regiment Other incl. Nationality
Abbots AA Pte 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 Pte - Lincolnshire Regiment & 11 Scottish Commando Badly wounded during the Litani River Raid.
Alexander KW A/Cpl LAC 648576 RAF Combined Operations 1941 - 45 http://www.combinedops.com/PHOTOS%20GENERAL/TAS%20K.W.Alexander.jpgNorth Africa, Suez Canal, Saudi Arabia, Syracuse Sicily, Naples, Italy, Anzio, Malta, Juhu India, Gibraltar, France.     RIP 23/6/07
Amess FJ 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 TA Stoker 1st KX 147311 RN Att HMS Copra COPRA
Andrew K - - Royal Naval T Commando Assistant Beach Master, King Green/Gold beach. RIP 20/10/12
Baker LF Sgt  901911  RAFSC 3203 -

Barham

AE

Wireman

JX427486 RN

     LCI 502 & LCT 7026

Barker JW Cpl POX 107600 Royal Marine LCF 20 on D Day
Barry KM AB (MiD) P/JX 388551 RN Commando 'R' -
Bartlett AW Sgt 907736  RAF Volunteer Reserve 21.11.39 - 7.5.46 Served on HQ Ship HMS Largs at Torch, Corkscrew, Husky, Avalanche and Overlord.  MID for distinguished Service.
Bashford RL Cpl 6872561  6 Commando -
Bass AG - PX119454 Royal Marine Commando -
Bates RL Sgt - RAFSC 3203 North Africa and Italy 1942-44 RIP 21/12/1975
Beadle INN Major  - 45 Royal Marine Commando E troop   Dakar 1940. D-Day 06/06/44, Normandy, Holland, Rhine, Germany, Baltic.  RIP 1981.
Beeson FWW Signalmen JX675605 Royal Navy  Had the unusual distinction of manning a Mulberry Harbour caisson across the English Channel.
Bellars AEV Sub Lt - Royal Navy in command of LCT 896. MiD. Landed on Gold Beach at H Hour. Later served in mine laying/sweeping. Last ship HMS Plover.
Bennett JI Pte 3911811 3 Commando HQ Trp The Welch Regiment / S.W. Borderers 1940-46
Berrisford PJ Sgt. (MM) N/K 6 Commando 4 Trp Op Torch
Bingham A Marine CHX 112104 RN HMS Glenearn 23/11/42 to 22/7/46
Blackmore D Sub Lt (RNVR) - RNVR. RN Commando 'R' Sword Beach
Bland JT PO (DSM) P/JX186974 RN Commando Bruneval, Dunkirk, Lofoten
Islands,
Dieppe (Lovatt), Torch, Daffodil (Nth Africa), Sicily and Italy.
Boreham J Sgt N/K 6 Commando
-
Boulton D Bombardier - 11 Scottish Commando Litani River Raid. Later Lt in 9th Btn DLI
Boultwood GJ Major - 11th Battalion the Devonshire Regiment Landing Craft Expert attached to Combined Operations
Bowden SCR Pte POX106506


 

41 RM Commando  Sicily, Salerno and Normandy Sword Beach. RIP 01/03/2009
Box FRW AB CJX377668 RNVR

 

HMS Copra. RIP 2001

Bradley R A AB CJX354098 Royal Naval Commando 1941 - 1946 D Day Landings. Passed 03/05/2016
Briggs AW Pte PO 7X108025 41 RM Commando Sicily and Salerno. RIP 2006
Burgess JC Gunner 2066140 4 Commando Royal Artillery. RIP 1985 Commando Certificate
Cameron F - CH/X 113013 LCF 32
Pantelleria, D-Day and Walcheren. Also HMS Cormorant, Gibraltar via Valetta, Malta. RIP 1998.
Campbell THH Sapper 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 PLY 106824 Royal Marines HMS Empire Mace D Day & with "X" Force
Chapman FR Coxswain CJX315806 RN LCS(L) Mk2 251 on D Day.
Christie D Pte 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 SJ Stoker P/CX 665201

RNVR

On 6th June 1944 left Gosport for Juno Beach on LST 159.  Completed 100 crossings. RIP 18/05/07

Clarke KE Cpl  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. MiD Osnabruck              

Cooling R Pilot - RAF 516 Squadron
Coulthread DE L/Cpl 3061447 11 Scottish Commando Royal Scots Greys Op Flipper   Black Hackle
Keyes' Batman
Coutts WC AB JX408644 RN Att HMS Copra COPRA Served on LCT(A) 2432
Cowan A AB JX328854 RN Att HMS Copra COPRA
Crosby AJ - - B Troop, 7 Commando Served in North Africa and injured on Crete. RIP June 1978
Crowell MM CPO K0465625 RCNVR 1941 - 45
Cruikshanks G AB 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

Daisley EA PO - Royal Navy

LCT39 Coxswain on D-Day. Trained at HMS Dinosaur 1944.

Danne GF Lt. - Royal Navy COPPist (Normandy & Burma)
Dandy AJ Cpl 1533625 3210 RAF Servicing Commando http://www.combinedops.com/PHOTOS%20GENERAL/TAS%20AJ%20DANDY.jpgArmourer. RIP 8/8/95.
Dolling AJ Act. Leading Stoker  

KX132341

 

RN Att HMS COPRA & SOE HMS Royal Arthur, Canada (training), North Atlantic, Italy, Landing Craft (Normandy) & Far East.  Born 25/07/1911, died 26/12/1999.
Donnison RE Pte 4807481 5 Commando 1941-46
Dunn AC - 1450390 3202 RAF Servicing Commando  Africa & Italy
Eden J AB CJX 355755 RN Landing craft (Omaha)
Edeson PJ Pte CLX /109402 Royal Marine LCG (Long) 18
Elcome HJC LAC 1717143 RAF SCU 3204 +2TAF 1942-47. RIP 2003.
Emery D AB (DSM) SSX 29684 Royal Naval Beach Commando Fox

Wounded Sword beach 6th June 1944. RIP Nov 1950.

Finucane FV Leading Seaman J100901 & P/JX 667462 RN att HMS Copra
HMS Princess Astrid.
Landing Craft, Dieppe, Sicily, D-Day. 1905 - 1987
Folkes T Telegraphist   PJX/415098 RN att HMS Copra D Day, North Atlantic Convoys, South of France landings.
Foote HAW AB JX381889 1942 - 46 596 and 508 Flotilla, D-Day Normandy Landings then Far East LCFU 22, Naval Party 4122.  RIP 07/04/99.
Ford CD Telegraphist 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 WA - - RN att HMS Copra Landing Craft (Juno Beach) RIP 18 April 2012
Gamblin FJ AB V59716 RCNVR - RN (Beach) Commandos New Brunswick, Canada. RIP 1994
Gardner WJ Sqd Leader 44552 RAF 105 Wing

HQ Ship Personnel Holding Unit.

Gaster J Asst Beachmaster - Royal Naval Commando Trained at HMS Armadillo, Scotland.
Glen J Flt/Sgt (MiD) 976168 RAF Radar FDT 217. RIP 2000
Gorle HW Pte B66881 Royal Regiment of Canada Wounded Dieppe 1942, POW, Repatriated 1944
Graham TJW Stoker 1st Class P/KX161168 HMS Copra 1/9/43 to 24/8/44

May have been involved in Operation Taxable - the D-Day deception convoy.

Grant T Pte  2080011 3 Commando http://www.combinedops.com/COM_PHOTOS/TAS%20Tom.jpg7th Bn. Durham Light Infantry Lofoton Islands; Vaagso & Malloy. RIP 2005
Green  A Pte PLY/X 111456 4th Commando Brigade   Signal Troop
Hailes  SB L/Cpl 4620600 3 Commando 1 Troop 1940-42 POW Dieppe
Hale WA AC1 1321644 N/K Sicily, Anzio, Tunisia and Arnhem
Hall RM PO 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 RH AB - RN Commando D-Day. Survived the assault and overland to Hamburg.
Harper KJ L/Cpl 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 RG
Pte
 
14992685 5 Commando

Served in India, Burma and Hong Kong until November 1946.

Harrison GD Leading Seaman Coxswain

 
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

Hart GM 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 340306

Combined Operations, Royal Navy 1942–1946

Sicily, Italy, Normandy and the Far East.

Alf's Story

 

Haynes B - 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 P/JX 418280 RN Commando 'R3'

Normandy, Sword Beach - 6/6/44.      RIP 1/1/2008
RN Commandos

Henderson LFM Pte V41125 RCNVR Canadian
Henson FL AB  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 HC - - 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 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
Hope JDE 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 - C/X 112798 Royal Marines, 539 Assault Flotilla Normandy & Pacific. RIP 16/6/07
Hughes G -

 

P/JX619267 Naval Signal Unit Italian star, Burma Star, Defence, Victory 1939-45
Irving MA Cpl  4205846 4 Commando Normandy (Sword Beach) & Walcheren. Aug 1941- Dec 1945
Isaac S  - PJX416555 Royal Navy Normandy (513 LCA Flotilla, LCA 713) & Walcheren

Jackson

WJR Lt 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 RE   - Royal Marines  Combined Operations 814 Flotilla
Johnson SP AB JX373958  RN  HMS Copra  LCT995, LCI(L)209.  RIP 23/11/2000
Jones JB Pte 5347501 9 Commando 1941-1945. RIP 2004
Jones TAJ Stoker 1st Class 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 VP

AB (?)

- HMS Devonshire

Royal Naval Commando

RIP 02.07.13

Jones WPL

Motor Mechanic later PO

MX 125713 Royal navy 22,2.1943 - 15.10.1946

602 Marine Flotilla in charge of 16 LCM and LCA  landing on Sword Beach. Served in Normandy until October 44.  RIP 16.01.03.

Keen JT 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 LA Leading Seaman. 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 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 OK Korporal - No. 5 (Norwegian) Troop of No. 10 Inter-Allied Commando. D-Day & Walcheren. (Norwegian).
Laming  FA Pte 897518 Gordons & 9 Commando
Africa and Italy
Law  PE Telegrapher JK358525 RN Landing Craft Served on LCG 14
Learmouth  W AB JX33276? RN Landing Craft Sunk on D-Day off Omaha
Leo  L LAC 1727259 3207 RAF Servicing Commando Burma & India 1944/45. RIP 2006
MacDonald  IM - - 5 Commando Further information awaited. Returned to his home in Kenya after the war.
Maguire  S A/CMM (CPO) V27093 RCNVR 80th Flotilla 1941-45. Canadian
Maines H Corp 4197433 No 1 Commando  North France, Operation Torch, Burma,
RIP 12/11/78
McAllister WHC Pte 842944 No 9 Commando 5Troop RIP 08/01/99
McGinnis WD - - Attached No 1 Commando US 34 Inf Div. Op Torch (North Africa). USA.
McKenzie
G Sgt 2748467  2nd Para Battalion DCM (11/42 Tunisia) & MM (02/42 Bruneval
Marshall J Leading Seaman JX347439 Coxswain HMS Raleigh, Drake, Dinosaur and Copra. Saw action on D-Day.
Merchant
HP AB - Crew member and forward gunner on  LCI (L) Served in European & Pacific theatres of war. RIP 29/04/16
Merry
WE - JX 382962 RN 131 Flotilla 1942-1945
Miles GJ Leading Seaman P/SSX 30846 RN (Naval Commando) Coxswain on Tank Landing Craft. RIP 1981
Miles WJ AB -  RN  Portsmouth Division

Gold beach (Launched from Princess Margaret), Walcheran, Antwerp, Rhine crossing (wounded), Java ,Sumatra, Malaya, India. RIP 25/06/07.

Mitchinson NR CPO 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 WG  AB JX 328617 Royal Navy HMS Indomitable, LCG 5 & LCG 18.
Morris W Pte 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 1655091  FDT 216 Posted to India after 216 was sunk off Normandy.
Napper F Stoker P/SKX276 RN/Combined Operations Command LCAs in Scicily, Salerno and D-Day, gold beach. Born in 1921.
Newman WL Pte - Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, D Company Military Medal. Dieppe 19/8/42. POW.
Norman RTG W/O PO/X102244(T) No 3 Trp RM Eng Commando 16 theatres of war. See Commando Service Certificate. RIP 1983.
Nugent J S/Sgt 13119435 101 Royal Pioneer Beach Assault Group 22 Beach Brigade
Oakley  K - - Royal Naval Beach Commando RIP 2007
O'Marah AJ   TSM  4185353 No1 Commando

RWF & 142 Commando Company, Burma.   

Orton  J L/Cpl 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. 

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  GR - - 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) 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)
Peace  J Cpl - No 8 Commando Ex Coldstream Guards. RIP 1982
Peachey  F L/Sgt (MM & Bar) 3654154 2 commando 4 troop (South Lancs.Regt) St Nazaire, Salerno Argentina, Vaagso, and Op.  Butcher Germany
Peel SE  Leading Stoker D/KX129758  RN Assault group G.2  DSM for courage and undaunted devotion to duty. (1911-1983)
Petty AH  ABS V.54229 RCN Beach Commando W Canada (RIP 3/11/11)
Phillips WPA  LAC 1477035 HMS Largs 1941-1946 Torch, Corkscrew, Husky, Avalanche, Overlord, Dragoon, Argonaut, Dracula & Zipper
RIP 15/5/06
Pilling S Leading Seaman 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 JA Pte B67587 Royal Regiment of Canada Dieppe, Prisoner of War, Stalag VIIIB. Survived ordeal. Passed away aged of 87 in 2005.
Port J Pte 2991563 5th Troop, 9 Commando Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. RIP 1973
Prentice JCE SQMS 24329427 Royal Signals. Served within Combined Ops, 4th Ships Signals Section HMS Goatland, HMS Lothian, HMS Persimmon & all HQ ships.
Price  AG PO JX129595 RN Landing Craft -
Purdom RS Coxswain - RN Landing Craft Normandy, Gold Beach. RIP 7/6/09.
Q        

away 25th October 2012 RIP

Radford KW Pte CH/X109608  Royal Marines Combined Operations 

Served on Landing Craft Flak (LCF) 29 based at Poole, Dorset. England. At Normandy 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 PJX 305939 RN

North Africa, Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy, Malta, Normandy (Sword Beach HQ Ship HMS Largs).

Rand LJ A/B  PJX 514714 RN

HMS Aristocrat on D-Day + Mulberry Harbours

Rees LN 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.

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.
Rodaway  WF AB JX192749 RN Landing Craft HMS Prins Albert  from 19/8/41 to 7/1/45. http://tonyrod.webs.com/
Rowling  E Sub Lt RNVR 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.
Sandquest R Leading Wireman MX 616068 RN/Combined Operations Service record
Saunders AG Pte 5190505 No 3 Commando Lofoten, Vaagso, Sicily, Italy, France & Germany. RIP 1977.

Scott

H WO 525496 Conspicuous Gallantry Medal RAF Dundonald, Ayrshire (Bogside) Known as Scotty.
Sharples JH PO D/JX 136338 RN Telegraphist RIP 29/8/44 in 2nd General Hospital, Caserta, Italy. Interred Caserta War Cemetery.

Shears

DL Pilot RNZAF - 428 RCAF Sqd & 516 Sqn Memories of a Pilot RIP 8/6/06.  
Shepherd DC Corporal 1575093 RAF Servicing Commando (Armourer) Normandy June 1944.

Sims

W AB Seaman JX355140 RN Landing Craft -
Slater DGW Lt - 'COPPist' RNVR COPP6. RIP 30th May 2007.
Smallman WH AB JX 380389 RN Beach Commando (?) -
Smith FWT Lt MX68176 RNVR

HMS Stag Div K, HMS Saunders, HMS Victory, HMS Drake. RIP 21/6/2009

Smith RG  Stoker 1st Class C/KX571807 RN Landing Craft Normandy and Burma. RIP 1997.


 

Snelle W Temp Lt RNVR PO/JX213252 RN Landing Craft Flotilla Officer 128th LCA DSC Sicily Landings. RIP 1997.
Spackman C PO C/MX501835 RN Landing Craft LCT(A) 2039 - sunk D-Day.
Spring AE - - 11 (Scottish) Commando.
Parachute Regiment

Litani River

Spurgeon  MR PO - Yeoman of Signals JX132558  RN

Signals Instructor HMS Dundonald 2 & HMS Pasco '43 - '45. RIP 1987.

Squires  J - - - Telegraph Operator on HMS Largs
Stanhope  ED Flt/Sgt 540957 RAFSC Unit 3201 RAFSC.
Staples  D Coxswain 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  AH Temp Acting Leading Seaman JX372473/CO

RN (Attached to the Combined Operations Command)

Served on LCG 19. Awarded the DSM. RIP 11/01/16

Stockwell  BW QM CJX542598  

RN Landing Craft

 

LST 430. RIP 28/03/12.                

Stone  B  Corp. Fit 11E 1283743  RAFSC Unit 3208 -
Tee EH Sgt 1267277 3201 RAF Servicing Commando K/a Bill; MiD; signals; 23rd June 1905 to 12th May 1983.
Tett LF     No 4 and 6 Commando

  1927-1995.

Thomas  P Corporal CH/X110591 45 RM Commando and Special Service Brigade See BBC Antiques Roadshow clip below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZbWnnJuk14
Thomas  RHV Flt/Lt 123947 462 RAAF Sqd (Middle East) & 516 Sqn RIP Dec 2006.

Tiner
 WA Leading Seaman A4322 RCNR LCI Helmsman

North Africa, Sicily and Normandy (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 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 SAJ Sub Lt 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.

Urwin JR Sub-Lt - Royal Naval 'Beach' Commando RIP 2007
Vaughan I T/Lt AB 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 EG AB JX 355938 RN HMS COPRA.
Walton R B  A/PO RM(R)  PMX672557 HMS COPRA 597LCN   Served in Mountbatten's beach reconnaissance parties in Malaya to Singapore 1945.
Ward TC Cpl CH/X105215(T) 46 RMC - 1st Commando Brigade -
Watts GR -  JX 304965 R N Commando 'G3' RIP 28/09/06
Whereall SG AB D/JX.369940 RN Wacheren & LCT 979
Whitman  E R Act/AB JX428848/co RN attached HMS Copra 1925 - 1970.
Whiteley W Leading Seaman P/JX 330284 R N Commando South East Asia Command; Force Z.
Wickham RHS Sgt 652277 RAF attached Combined Ops

Codes & ciphers including HQ ship HMS Hilary off Normandy. Later Far East & Bletchley.

Williams FG  Pilot - 516 Sqn & 198 Sqd RIP 2007.
Wilson  WL Sgt 4860042 No 4 Commando RIP 8/87.
Windebank  S LAC - HMS Largs, Sicily, Normandy, Sth France RIP 8/07.
Wing CJW AB P/JX 321824  RN Commando  'L' Party (HMS Copra) Juno Beach D Day & Walcheren (Westkapelle) 1/11/ 44. RIP 1978.
Witham FE - - 41 RM Commando Salerno, D Day (Lion Sur Mer) and Walcheren.
Wood  A Cpl 931853 11 Scottish Commando Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. Litani Raid
Woodall  GC PO DMX92147 RN attached HMS Copra RIP 24/1/06 aged 94.
Worsley S - 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 Stoker 1st Cl DKX161302 RN HMS Princess Astrid  

Abbreviations. 

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, 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.

Forthcoming Events

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

To everyone else; Visit our forthcoming events page for things to see and places to visit. If you know of an event of possible interest, that is not listed, please let us know.

To notify an event click here.

To visit the webpage click here.

Facebook

Why not join the thousands who visit our Facebook page 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.

 

 

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.

Legasee Film Archive

As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee is looking for veterans from any conflict who would like to have their stories filmed for posterity. Films are now available on line. www.legasee.org.uk

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.

 

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