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Browse the No1 Commando album in the Gallery. See link above.
Click on the thumbnail to open the image, then again to enlarge.

Happy browsing...

Hi JD,

If you look at the link I sent you it will take you to part of the No.1 Commando nominal Roll that we compiled. Islwyn's regimeal number is on that.

During WWII, no campaign medals were engraved with names or numbers..
Islwyn's next of kin can apply to the MoD for a scan of his original, handwritten service record - the MoD are the only custodian of WWII Records. Don't bother with any other online geneology website such as Forces War Records - they will not hold them.
For background of what Islwyn experienced have a look here...

Hi JD,

May I ask what relation, if any, you are to Islwyn Alderman? I see you are from Glamorganshire so I'm guessing you are a relative?

The information we have is that Islwyn J R 'Jake' Alderman served with the Welch Regt before joining No.1 Commando.

Hi Andrew,

Andrew Sheldon wrote:

His best friend also in the commando's was S.J.BISELL who was also a trainer at Achnacarry in hand to hand combat. I wondered if this would help.

Do you have any anecdotes concerning your grandfather and his friend Stan 'Sonny' Bissell?
Maybe some photos of them together?

Incidently the group photo in which you think you can identify your grandfather isn't at Achnacarry.


Do not bother with online site for WWII service records!
The only custodian for WWII service records is the MoD.
You'll need to complete two forms and send a copy of your grandfather's death certificate to them and you will receive a scan of his original, handwritten records. It will cost 30 unless your grandmother is still with you and she signs the consent as next of kin...

You'll need the 'Next of kin' form and 'British Army-part 2' form

Both straight forward but don't hesitate to ask here/PM me if you have any problems

billyh wrote:i have just joined this forum, my dad, William [billy] Howard, from Liverpool, was in no. 3 commando 4 troop. he passed away in 2001, aged 84. i have recently sent away for his service record and will, if its ok with the forum, pass on any details that may be of interest. being new to the forum, i have not yet sussed out how to navigate it yet, posting pics ect. but look forward to contributing. billyh.

I have moved this post from another thread and started a new thread - welcome to the CVA Website & Forum Billy.


20 May 2018 saw the Annual Summer Service at the CVA Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas , Staffordshire.
A fine day, a good turnout and a lovely service.

Photos have been uploaded to the Gallery...

Fred Davies has just informed us that Leo's funeral will take place at:

13:45 hrs
Friday the 25th May .
Chilterns Crematorium,
HP7 0ND.


hi Luke,

To be honest, I wouldn't get too tied up in trying to find out which troop he was in! It was fairly common for commandos to move from one troop to another for a number of reasons - not least on promotion and, as he was a sgt then he potentially may have served in three troops within the Commando.

Don't worry too much about whether the photos show him as a commando - Pete Rogers or I will vet them before uploading them to the Gallery but having established that he was a commando we then choose the best photo(s) of him to remember him by.

Here's part of the No.11 Cdo nominal roll...


Hi Jamie,

Sorry for the delay in replying to your original post - it slipped past me somehow!

Looking at the dates he served in the SBS, I'm assuming that he was a Royal Marine?
May I recommend that his family apply to the Ministry of Defence for his service record.
The record is available to his close family and if his widow signs the consent form then there is no fee (otherwise there is a fee of 30).

Here are links to the two forms that would need to be completed and accompanied by a copy of his death certificate.

Hope this is helpful. If you need any assistance or have further enquiries please let us know...

Hi Luke,

Welcome to the CVA Website & Forum so pleased you found us.
We have had a brief discussion on Facebook and I'm pleased that you've decided to apply to the MoD for your Great grandfather's service records.
I will add him to the No.11 Commando Nominal Roll.

If you have any, we'd like to upload any photos you may have of him into the No.11 Cdo Album in our Gallery.

Again it falls to me, as one of Julie's friends and staunchest supporters, to remind everyone that Julie has written a biography on Larry Stephens, commando and comedy scriptwriter.

Julie carried out meticulous and in depth research on the Commandos whilst writing about Larry which resulted in almost 50% of the biography covering Larry's time as an officer in the Commandos and particularly in No.5 Commando which was a subordinate of 3 Commando Brigade in the Far East.
Julie's worked on Larry's diaries and private letters as well as No.5 Cdo's War Diaries and other official documents which has resulted in a very detailed history of No.5 Cdo's time out in SEAF.
I for one am very excited at the prospect of reading this book (instead of the few excerpts that I've been honoured to be privy to) and can't wait for it's release...

Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of Julie's book should pre-order using this link:


We are so sad to hear of the passing of Sylvia, beloved wife of George Parsons, No.2 Commando.
Always cheerful, Sylvia supported the CVA from the start and was always in attendance when George officiated as the Chaplain at our Services.
Our thoughts and prayers are with George and his family at this time.

Requiescat in aeterna pace, Sylvia.


Fred Davies has asked me to send out this message to as many people as possible!

Fred Davies wrote: I am devastated that my good friend Jack Lamb has crossed the line and consoled only by the fact that I was able to visit him only a short while ago.
I arrive home from the USA the day before the funeral so I will attend with the CVA Standard.

And I hope as many Green Berets as possible can make the effort to give this true D Day veteran the right and proper send off he so rightly and properly deserves.

Regards to all Fred.

I'm not a collector at all but saw this very nice collection up for auction and thought some of you guys may be interested...

WWII 42 RM Cdo with good write up.

Some nice photos ...

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