Joined: 17/10/2012 23:57:08
Location: Carmarthen, Wales
I am trying to find out information regarding my father (James/Jimmy/Jim Frankis), now deceased who I believe joined up in 1941 and ended up serving with 42 Royal Marine Commando from 1943. We understand he was involved in the battle of Hill 170 in Burma?
Do you know when the service records of men joining after 1941 would be available to view at the antional archives or any other source?
I would also be interested in contacting any other surviving personnel or their relatives who also served with that unit.
Many thanks for any assistance you can offer.
I am not sure how much help I can be, but in terms of general information in October 1944 42 Cdo formed part of 3 Commando Brigade. At the time the CO was Lt Col H D Fellowes. When later he was wounded, the 2I/C, Major H H Dales took over command. The MO was Capt Freddie Rodger RAMC. The intelligence officer was a Lt Cotton. This I gleaned from a personal account by a member of COPP 8 of small scale raid on Elizabeth Island Combermere Bay Burma that month by thirty members of 42 Cdo. It was sadly unsuccessful, but Cpl Aubrey Chappell was awarded the MM. The COPP 8 officer was Major Alec Colson, whose name can be found elsewhere on this website.