Gunner Eric Rabbit was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry in Burma. Sadly he died almost penniless in 1987 having had to pawn his medals. Read more about his award here and then click on the newspaper report shown there to download a page about his funeral.
Can you confirm if you had your father's army service number before finding our entry for Fusilier P. Bready, or have you used the one from our archive. Also if possible can you add the photo you mentioned in response to this message in case it gives any clues. What was/were your father's forename/s ?
There is a good resume of the Army Commandos (No.3 Commando was Army) here and in the additional sources you will see two books which give a huge amount of detail about the training of the commandos and are well worth buying: https://www.commandoveterans.org/site/history
Hi Lee and thank you for the explanation. I have now updated our archive. If you get a copy of his death certificate and send it with an application for his service record which is free this may confirm dates and other specifics such as wounds etc. and will show his service number. If you send it without a copy of his death certificate you may find it refused due to the 116 year rule that the MOD apply. Here is how to apply: https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-records-of-service
Hi and thanks for providing the photo of your Grandfather which I will add to the gallery. On the flag your grandfather gives his address as a police station at Fakenham. This is likely to indicate that he was one of the Police Officers who volunteered for commando service in 1942 as part of the Police Intakes to the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry. I am in the process of adding these Police Officers to the main archive and to date have over 300. I would like to add your grandfather's name if this is the case. Was he by any chance Leonard George Bryer son of Arthur who was also in the Police? If you have any other details such as his dates and places of birth and death, service number, details of police service, please let me know here or you can contact me by email below. I need to place a credit for any photos so could you also leave your full name. Many thanks.
Some links of interest where your Grandfather's name may eventually appear.
42RM Commando were part of 3 Special Service Brigade which was renamed 3 Commando Brigade. here are some links to information:
I will add the letter in due course. I see he is wearing the Tam O'Shanter in one of the Commando photos so would have been an early commando volunteer. Do you happen to know the date he was attached from the A&SH to No.9 Commando?