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Yes it is along with others in our Commando Training Gallery. Here is a link to that Gallery. The photo you describe is on page 2:

Hi Peter

I have updated the page with your father's photo here. Do you have his dates and places of birth and death and I can add those ?

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:

The only detail we have for Fusilier P. Bready is as shown here:


Hi Jo

The sources are referenced here:

Extract from the Casualty list and the POW List are attached along with a newspaper report. We are still looking for a better photo or more detail if you have that.
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:

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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:
Lieutenant George Arthur Knowland VC [more....].
No.1 Commando
Killed in action 31 January 1945.

Lance Corporal Henry Eric Harden VC [more....].
45 Royal Marine Commando, RM
Killed in action 23 January 1945.

and all those who died or suffered life changing injuries [Commando Roll of Honour]
Happy Christmas Bill and thank you for your continued support for this Archive. All the best for 2024


Do you mean Marine Michael COYLE not COLE

Marine Henry THWAITES is listed as 41 RM Commando not 46.
Hi Kenny

I have now added the original letter to the archive and linked it to the entry for your grandfather. You can download it here:

I have added them to the No.9 Commando Gallery here:

and added a page here:

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?

Ah...I had not spotted that there were two messages (senior moment perhaps). Excellent thank you.
Hi Kenny

Many thanks for providing the letter and a transcript which I will add to the archive over the next few days and post a link here when complete. Can you advise me do you have any other good resolution photo of your Grandfather from his service days. We have this one at present in the gallery:

Additionally if you provide dates and places of birth and death I can include those. Feel free to email me on the email link below this message should you wish.


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