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Hi Noel

Thanks for this. I have updated our entry for Ronald Shields whose cause of death was previously unknown to us. Our record can now be viewed here:

I do not need the image for this as you have provided the reference, etc., and his service in a Commando is already established.

I would like to see the image of the nominal roll you mention. I think the cards may be the ones Julie mentioned. How many are there?

My email is on the link below.

Thanks very much Noel...
Hi Noel

Thank you for responding. I did get a couple of responses by email one of which was from Julie Warren who referred to WO 379/115 file as a series of information cards about Commando units. On the other files relating to the ME Commando Graham Cooper contacted me with images but unfortunately they were of low resolution and not readable. Basically I am looking for anything about the Commando Depot at Achancarry, or the Middle East Commando Depot that gives details of set up, staff names, courses, or deaths in training. Or in fact anything about either Commando Depot that you may consider important.

We do have some details of those who died in training kindly provided by Martin Briscoe which came from the local Registers of Deaths in Scotland. Anything that mentions more on these individuals or others would also be of interest.

All the best


The RN Commandos who died during this operation are remembered here:

We will remember them.
Frank Stephens 27 Strange's Battery RA with his son
Frank 'The Midge' Stephens, ex 27 Stranges Battery Royal Artillery has contacted me to see if any from 42 Commando who were on HMS Bulwark around this time remember him or the operations at Kuwait or Yemen. Frank adds this

Did you know that a detachment from 27 Strange's Battery was the forerunner of 29 Commando Regt RA. We joined 42 Commando on HMS Bulwark in Singapore. We were stationed at St Barbara Bks, Tampin, Malaya.

Each of the four 4.2 Mortars put 150 rounds on an island just off the New Territories. The Barrels had to be cooled with water. We never knew the reason for it, just followed fire orders. We entered Kuwait City during a curfew. We then moved on to the Yemen, through the Gulf of Aden. Our fighter escort was 2 Hunters from RAF Khormaksar and 2 Sea Vixens from a carrier. Another escort ship was a guided missile frigate or destroyer we called Ambrosia.

If you know were part of this deployment please add you comments here. If you knew Frank contact me and I will put you in touch.
Hi Craig

There are a few issues that I have found online. I am looking to check the section on Deaths towards the rear of each edition usually before the Sports. There it lists Veterans who hve passed on (I do not need these details) but it also sometimes includes those who have died in Service, giving their Unit, and sometimes the cause of death. It is information about those who died in service that I am interested in for our Post WW2 Roll of Honour.

So if you see a name with details as described above, check the surname against our Roll of Honour below, and if a cause of death or specific unit is not shown, or even a name, just let me know and include the month and year of the relevant edition as the Source.

Here is another poem which is dedicated by the men of X Troop to those from 41RM Commando who died on DDay.
We will all know that the 6th June 2018 is the 74th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the landings in Normandy. However the month of June throughout the war is also remembered for events taking place elsewhere.

Read more here:

Our WW2 Commando Roll of Honour can be viewed in Name or Date order. Just change the options shown under 'Sort by'.

You can also adjust the number of results to be displayed on each page. Just change the options under 'Items per page.'

View the WW2 Commando Roll of Honour here:


We also have a Roll of Honour for those who have died in service between 1946 and 2017.

View the Post WW2 ROH here :

This poem from the collection of Bob Cubitt No 3 Commando is provided to us courtesy of his son Bob. The poem was written by P/JX 344186 Telegraphist Gordon E. Eveleigh RN, one of the naval crew on board an LCI that ferried the Commandos from Warsash on the River Hamble across the Channel to Normandy for D Day.
Joe Longson, a veteran of No 1 Commando who now resides in new Zealand, celebrated his 92nd birthday last month.

You can read about his life in the Army here:

Many happy returns Joe !
It is with much sadness that Fred Davies advises us of the death last month on the 17th May 2018 of William Butterfield, aged 96, CVA Founder Member and veteran of 44RM Commando. Our sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

The following is taken from an online obituary to him as is the photo below:

William 'Bill' Butterfield, 96 of Cottonwood, passed away peacefully at his home on his birthday, May 17, 2018. He was pre-deceased by his wife Vera. He is survived by his daughter Margaret 'Maggie' of Cottonwood; his loving god-daughter Nadia; nephews, nieces and cousins in the UK. Bill was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, UK and moved with his wife to the USA in 1967. Cottonwood became their home in 1988.

Read the Obituary here:

Rest in peace Bill.
Alister Jack, the Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway, is supporting another petition urging the government to legislate for a statute of limitation to protect those who have served their country honourably and have been cleared of any wrongdoing. The online petition can be signed here on his website:

The outrageous treatment of Dennis Hutchings who served in Northern Ireland in the 1970s has brought the scandal of historic allegations against veterans into the public arena in recent weeks. Mr Hutchings, a 77 year old grievously ill man, now finds himself facing a repeat prosecution for a case going back decades.

If the bond of trust between the Government and our armed forces - which is so critical to our national security- is to be maintained, our service men and women must know that the state is on their side. It is imperative that the Government acts urgently to end the repeated and spurious prosecution of individuals who have served and will serve, not just Northern Ireland, but in all theatres of conflict including the Falklands, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

This petition urges the government to legislate for a statute of limitation to protect those who have served their country honourably and have been cleared of any wrongdoing. My colleague Leo Docherty MP will be presenting this public petition to the House of Commons on the 28th of June (during Armed Forces week), hoping the Government will act.

Sign this petition here
Not exactly what you want but I will post it here so that others may find it in future searches.

Photo of kit laid out

Kit Inspection

There is also a photo of identified kit on page 244 ofthe book Commandos and Rangers of WW2 by James Ladd.
For info.

The Obituaries, previously located on the Home Page navigation menu under <Association>, are now accessed alongside our <Rolls of Honour> on the Home Page.

Here is a direct link to the Obituaries.
Have a great holiday !
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