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Ok, thanks, PM'd you back...


With the information that Guy has given you, your family can apply to the MoD for a scan of his original, handwritten Service Records...

You would need the consent of his Next of Kin, a copy of his Death Certificate and a one off fee of £30.
There are two forms that would need to be completed then sent to the MoD.

I can forward the links to these forms if you want me to?


Thanks for that Guy.
I noticed the light coloured lanyard worn on his right shoulder (shirt sleeve order at desk) and thought that it was likely that he was Royal Artillery.

I know 42 RM Cdo wore a white lanyard but it is single cord and worn on the left shoulder...

craig summerhill wrote:Also bottom right photo looks like a good conduct stripe on the left lower part of the battledress sleeve. Which is a marine/ naval tradition...

Craig, the photo of my father, who was KRRC & No.5 Cdo, also shows him with a Good-Conduct stripe!

The Good Conduct Stripe was a British Army award for good conduct during service in the Regular Army by an enlisted man. The insignia was a points-up chevron of NCO's lace worn on the lower sleeve of the uniform jacket. It was given to Privates and Lance Corporals for 2, 6, 12, or 18 years' service without being subject to formal discipline.

Hi Suzanne,
Welcome to the CVA Website & Forum.
At the moment I am still trying to find any information about your grandfather but the photos may hold a clue...
Is it possible to post the photos individually, rather than a group, so that I can study them closer and, maybe, pick a lead up from each photo...


Hi Jacqueline,
Just a quick question, can yo let me know what Dirk's son's name is and does he live in Katwijk?

Hi Jacqueline,

I have had a reply back from Jack Bakker who tells me
Jack Bakker wrote:I have done a quick scan of our archive but I haven't found an man with this name. I will give it a closer look but I am a bit worried that I will not find anything at all...

Jack is puzzled about the story of your great uncle but has promised he will keep on looking and keep me informed on any outcome.


I have passed this query on to Jack Bakker - a very good friend of the CVA, a Captain in the post-war Dutch Commandos and an active member of the Dutch Commando Museum...


Hi Kieran,
Welcome to the CVA Website and Forum...

Hi pswild,

Welcome to the CVA Website and Forums.

N.A.S stands for Naval Air Squadron(s).

S.S.V. is the abbreviation for Special Service Vessel - the Royal Navy had a number of "Special Service Vessels" which included decoy ships ("Q" ships) and dummy ships, and those which undertook special tasks such as landing agents.

Hi bec,

Further information for you - The photo of Eddie in a beret was taken by one Surgeon Lieutenant Rick Jolly in West Belfast, 1974 whilst on a visit to 42 Cdo RM who were serving in Northern Ireland at the time.

Apparently Eddie 'got his buttons' (got promoted to Chief Petty Officer)in the late '60's early 70's and features in Rick' Jolly's book "For Campaign Service" as Captain Starlight.

Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly OBE, who passed away earlier this month, was an extremely popular officer and gentleman and was the only serviceman in the Falklands war of 1982 to be honoured by both the British and Argentinian sides. The awards were in recognition of his achievements in managing three frontline field hospitals in which more than 1,000 casualties ? among them around 300 Argentinian soldiers and airmen ? were successfully treated, and in later years in fostering a bold and imaginative spirit of reconciliation between the once warring armies.

Rick Jolly wrote a number of books, His bestselling account of the South Atlantic conflict, The Red and Green Life Machine: A Diary of the Falklands Field Hospital, was published in 1983; it has been reprinted several times as Doctor for Friend and Foe.
His other books included Jackspeak: A Guide to British Naval Slang and Usage (1989) and For Campaign Service (1979), a novel about British service personnel in Northern Ireland, written under the pseudonym Christopher Hawke.

I hope all this is useful...

Hi Dan,

You do not mention your grandfather's name...

The whole story of Military Mission 204 and the Special Service Detachments (SSDI & SSDII) is very vague and, the bits we know, very convoluted - if you can add to it and maybe help to unravel the story with the aid of your grandfather's photos it might make things easier to comprehend.

Hi Bec,

I have asked around on the CVA Facebook page and a few of the RN Medical Cdos knew your grandfather, by name.

Eddie Harrison was a Chief Petty Officer Medical Assistant in the Royal Navy.

In the photo of him in the Navy uniform, he is a Leading Medical Assistant, but has qualified for Petty Officer - signified by the crown above the badge on his arm.

That badge is the RN Medical Branch Geneva Red Cross - there is usually a letter underneath which depicts the wearer's specialisation [ie R - Radiographer; N- General Nurse; L - Lab Tech;] in Eddie's case it is generally believed he wore an O - Operating Department Practitioner.

The photo of Eddie in the beret is thought to be mid 1970s and taken in Northern Ireland. By this time and because he was attached to 42 Commando RM he would have been qualified as a commando. His beret would have been the coveted Green Beret...
The badge on his beret is a CPO's cap badge - the same as used on their white caps, these were replaced by the current beret badge in the late '70s.

One of the guys remembers that he was certainly an ODP and believes he did a draft/posting as a theatre chief at RNH (Royal Navy Hospital) Mtarfa in Malta around '76/'77. One guy thinks he remembers a 'quiet run ashore' with Eddie and the rest of the RN Cdo Medics at Malta...

A 'run ashore' means they left the Base and headed down town for a few drinks... There is no such thing as a 'quiet run ashore' - you can be assured that it got a bit rowdy!!

Hope all this helps,

Hi Bec,

Obviously your grandfather was in the Royal Navy because of the second photo of him in his RN uniform.
The rank & trade badges flummox me at the moment, but I think the crown indicates he was a Chief Petty Officer in his trade (incidentally the crown is a "Queen's Crown" which confirms it was post-war).

In the photo of him beside the 42 RM Commando sign I think he is wearing two badges in his beret...
If this is the case - and it is most unusual - then I would guess that he is seconded to the Royal Marines and is wearing both his RN cap badge and a RM cap badge...

That he is wearing small arms (pistol) and a flak jacket indicate he was somewhere where the locals were not particularly friendly...


Kaare Robertsen at Westkapelle, Walcheren, 2014.

It is with sadness that we hear of the recent passing of the last surviving Norwegian commando, Kaare Robertsen.
A full military funeral was held for Kaare Robertsen in Eidanger Church in Porsgrunn, Norway on Thursday, 15 February with the chief of Norway's Armed Forces Special Command, Colonel Brage Andreas Larssen, and the Dutch Defence Attache, Colonel Lieutenant Arjen Zwaanswijk in attendance.

Together with Bjarne Dreyer, 17 year old Kaare fled from Henningsvær in Lofoten to England in 1941.
Both youngsters were to become commandos.

In 2014, Kaare, then aged 91, returned to Westkapelle on the island of Walcheren 70 years after he'd first landed there as part of 4 Commando Brigade in Operation Infatuate.

Hvil i Evig Fred, Kaare Robertsen.

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