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alitait89
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During my research I came across some photographs of my Grandad Robert Moran during the war. He was in 4 troop, 6 Commandos from 1941 to 1944. It would be interesting to be able to identify the other soldiers in the photo attached. Any help would be appreciated. (My Grandad is on the top right of the trio).
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My file sizes are too large so I will be uploading the 4 photos that I have separately. If anyone can shed any light on the photos it would be much appreciated.

- This photo states on the back - "No. 4 Troop, 6 Commando, Special Services. Taken on top of Ben Nevis March 1941".
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Unknown date or place - (Robert Moran is on the top right.)
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Unknown date or place (Robert Moran top left)
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Apologies for the poor quality, this one is a little damaged. Unknown date or place.
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Hi and thank you for sharing your photos. Can you provide your name so as I can credit them in the gallery when completed. I have found a bit more about your grandfather and have added it here:

https://www.commandoveterans.org/RobertMoran_6Commando

I have moved the Ben Nevis postcard from the Commando Training gallery and placed it in the No.6 Cdo Gallery currently on page 1. I have added your copies for clarity of unit.

https://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/6/4+troop+training/

Can you confirm a couple of details for me if you should have them. Do you know his service number and the Regiment from which he was attached to No.6 Commando ? Also can you confirm the date of birth shown there and do you have his full date of death? The references in the Commando Association newsletters are attached below.
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Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
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When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.


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Hi Pete,

My name is Alison Tait. His Service Number is 6103111 and date of birth 17/08/1920. He was born in Scarborough but was from Deans Grange in Dublin. He travelled to England in 1940 and joined the Queens Royal Regiment on the 22/08/1940. He joined the 6 Commandos in 1941 according to his Copy of Attestation. He joined the Royal Army Pay Corps and was transferred to Hong Kong in 1949, Egypt in 1953, Zambia 1958, Nairobi 1965. He retired from the military (Royal Army Pay Corps) in 1971 as a WO2 and decided to settle in Carlisle.

He sadly sustained major head injuries due to a hit and run accident while he was on a walk in Carlisle in 1994. He lost all his short term memory and awoke a coma with no memories of after the war. In fact his first words where "is this England England or German England".

We relocated to Salisbury in 1999 and he lived with us until he passed away in 2004 (I will have to get the death certificate from my mum to verify the exact date) at the age of 83.

I have his Soldiers Service and Pay Book from during the war in which his medical classification changes from A1 to A5 at the end of 1943, he then joins to Royal Army Pay Corps very shortly after. Do you know or are you able to point me in the direction to understand why he left the Commandos before the end of the war and if it might have something to do with those classifications?

Thanks

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Thanks Alison. I have updated the personnel page for your grandfather with the additional detail. I have also added the photos to the No.6 Commando Gallery and they can be seen on page 4 of that gallery alongside each other. Not sure if you noted but in this photo your grandfather and a couple of others can be seen wearing their commando fighting knives



I have also attached a page from the Medical Regulations of 1943 which show what the difference between A1 and A5. There were of course other categories and this is only the first page. The source for this document is the website of the excellent WW2 Talk Forum.
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Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
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When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.


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With regard to the 1941 Ben Nevis photo this related to a time before commando training was centralised and each commando unit trained its own men. Those that passed remained with the unit. Training took place in many different locations. From early 1942 the Commando Depot located at Achnacarry held the first of the centralised commando courses becoming the Commando Basic Training Centre.

Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
God and the Soldier, all men adore, In time of danger and not before.
When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.


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John M
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Great photo's Alison thanks for posting.

Thanks Pete for organizing into their Archive locations.


Great set


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Thank you Pete for all your help. It means a lot to see him in the gallery. Fingers crossed someone may recognise the other men in the photographs and get a lovely surprise at seeing their loved ones.

Thanks again
 
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