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Thanks to Pete Rogers for all his help in this.

The Archive has grown to be one of the best resources for Commando history globally on the internet.

The work put in to the project over the years by many contributors has paid glorious dividends as all can see.

From myself and Dans point of view a dream has become a reality , and a promise made all those years ago to the 'Old Original' Commandos,has been kept.

It's in their memory that this site exists, and to honour all who wear ,and have worn ,the legendary Green Beret.

Onward we go..

Grateful thanks

John & Dan Mewett

Rest In Peace Roy
Hi Jeffhewitt

Thanks for helping with the 46Cdo enquirers..... that is very kind of you.

We would love it if any further history is discovered ,photos,documents etc, you would also share on this forum so other future 46Cdo members can read it.

We're all one big commando family.

Any other info about 46 please feel free to post here.

Thanks and regards

John M

Hello Mark

Just as a starter for you if your GF was a Royal Marine Commando (as certificate shows) then I would start your search with 42 RM Commando and 44 RM Commando both these units served in 3 Commando Brigade along with No 1 Army Commando No 5 Army Commando in Burma in WW2.

Hope this helps you along a little.

Best regards

John M
Thanks Bill.....

Best regards

John M
Its great to report the Commando Veterans Archive is still thriving with 35,000 unique users in November.

Its very rewarding, after running the site for twelve years now, that the interest in Commando History is still growing.

Thanks must go to Pete Rogers our archivist who's input is immeasurable and constant, and of course all the other very knowledgeable researchers who are unselfishly active on our forums.

Thanks very much to everyone of you.

John M & Dan M

Site owners and Sponsors.
We are saddened to report the passing of Dennis Hensman

Peter his son writes:

Dennis William Hensman
Aged 97
Passed away Friday 2nd Dec 2022

Dad lived at the War Vets Nursing Home

RIP Dennis
Rest in Peace Joe
Terrible disrespect shown by the perpetrators......

Lets hope they are caught.
Great photo Linda.


John M
We will remeber them .
Great photo's Alison thanks for posting.

Thanks Pete for organizing into their Archive locations.

Great set


John M

I am saddened to inform you that Alrewas Commando Memorial Designer Norris Pickford passed away peacefully this morning.

Norris was my uncle and a great friend to our family.

Norris served in Egypt with the REME before being demobbed into civilian life where he became an Engineer.

When asked to get involved with the Alrewas project he took the opportunity with great delight.

When time became short he rolled his sleeves up and helped Tim McKerrith the blacksmith to fabricate the memorial.

Tim also served the REME so they got along really well.

Norris? passing leaves a huge hole in our families life...he leaves Rose his wife, who is also in a Nursing home at present , and his son Alan.

May he rest in peace.

Hello Letty
Sam has Peters service record in her keeping.

What we gleaned from the record on Sams visit to me is now on this site.

This site only records the record of the soldiers time in the commandos. In Peters case this was for a two month period with No 2 Commando.

However the Service record of Peters will record his entire military service with other units etc ..wounds ...promotions....medals .....

So to get the full picture you would need to view the service record.

So in short all I know of Peters Commando service is on this site and I know nothing else regarding other info on him.

Sorry not to be able to give any more advice.

Best regards

John M
Hi Letty
Would you like me to let Sam know you wish to contact her?

Best Regards
John M
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