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I am looking for any information on this man who died of wounds on 8 June 1944. The CWGC record shows no reference to any Commando service however the Casualty Lists show Att. Commando. I am trying to discover the nature of any attachment.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2337242/EDWARD%20HERBERT%20KENNEY/

In Memory of 6408747 Trooper Edward Herbert Kenney
Life Guards
who died 8 June 1944 aged 23
Remembered with honour at Hermanville War Cemetery.
Keith Taylor, assisted by Jeff Hewitt, has now completed his second book about the history of 46RM Commando titled Broken Bridges. It deals with the Units time in France after the battle for Rots through Belgium, Holland and Germany until the end of the war when they were stationed on the Isle of Fehmarn in the Baltic.

For full details and how to order see the attached Flyer.
I regret that I personally have no information on your father. I have found very limited references to 143 Special Service Company on these two websites:

https://www.britishmilitaryhistory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/124/2019/07/2-Infantry-Division-1944-45.pdf

and in the Kohima Museum website here:

http://www.kohimamuseum.co.uk/unit-formations/

The former has this as additional information:
On arrival at Kohima on 19 April, this battalion was placed under command of the 5th Infantry Brigade in lieu of the Dorsets who were then serving with the 6th Infantry Brigade. It returned to its parent brigade on 5 June 1944.


There were several different units that attended courses at Achnacarry as can be seen here:

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/Commando+Training/courses/



Tony advises us of the sad news of the recent passing of Thomas Blair on 14 August 2021. Tom was a former Platoon Weapons Instructor Class 1 (PW1) and Warrant Officer 2. Our thoughts are with, and condolences go to, all his family and friends.

I joined the Royal Marines on 28th October 1958 with Thomas and we became members of Junior Entry Squad No1. On completion of training, we both went our own ways bumping into each other on the odd occasion, Tom served in the Far East during the confrontation in Borneo in the early sixties. Tom then went on to become a PW1 and served in many RM Units and attained the rank of Warrant Officer 2. Over the past twenty-five years, we have held a reunion of the JE1 Squad at various locations mainly in the Portsmouth area every five years. Tom attended all the reunions and was a very popular member who will be sadly missed.


Rest in peace Tom.
Malcolm advises us of the sad news of the passing of John Douglas Graham on 23 August 2021. Our thoughts are with, and condolences go to, all his family and friends.

John Douglas Graham passed away peacefully on 23rd August 2021, at Kendal Care Home, aged 98 years. Member of No.4 Commando, D-Day Veteran, and Legion of Honour recipient. Very much-loved brother, uncle, and friend to so many in Ambleside village and beyond. Funeral to take place at St. Mary's Church, Ambleside on Monday 13th September at 11.00am. Enquiries c/o Fishwicks Funeral Service Tel. 015395 63108.


Rest in peace John.
Susan provided this image of her uncle.

In Memory of Second Lieutenant William Watson Pattison
Durham Light Infantry 2nd Bn.,
who died 7 December 1941 Tobruk
Remembered with honour at Tobruk War Cemetery Libya
Remembering all the Fallen and those who suffered life changing injuries 78 years ago at and around Salerno, Italy, September 1943. The following links take you to the relevant pages in our archive

[View the Salerno Commando Roll of Honour]

[Read a document about the original graves of some from No. 2 Commando.]

[Read some War Diary and other entries.]

We will Remember them
Thanks or the additional details. I have merged the reverse with the front here:

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/WW2/POW/Alfred_Holbrook_Stalag4C_+Xmas_1942.jpg.html

and updated the archive and also the gallery entry here: http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/7/Alfred_Holbrook_3.jpg.html
Hi Noel

Gregor has given me permission to pass his email address to you. I have sent you a pm on here with the details.

Pete
Hi Mark
Thanks for the photos. I have added a cropped version of one of them to the main archive entry we already had for your Father here:

http://www.commandoveterans.org/AlfredHolbrook_7Commando

Additionally I have added a fuller sized version of that photo to the No.7 Commando Gallery here:

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/7/

and the PoW one to our Prisoners of War album here:

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/WW2/POW/

Are you able to scan the rear of the photo with the names on and post it.

Finally can you advise me of the dates of birth and death of your Father and I will add those.
One such photo below.

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/9/ron+_ken_+young+and+others.jpg.html


The above photo is annotated on the rear

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/9/rear+of+greek+officers+photo__ken+young.jpg.html
Hi Noel and Patrick
Do you have the service number of your Father. In the photos below your Father looks as if he is in an Officers uniform rather than Commando but has placed a No.9 Commando hackle in his peaked cap. We have a couple of other photos in the No.9 Commando gallery with similar attired soldiers. Have you checked them to see if your Father is any of them. For ease the No.9 Commando Gallery can be accessed here: http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/9/

and for the benefit of others here are the photos of Lt. Francis that were in the gallery and already identified as Lt. Francis.

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/9/Lt+Francis_+guide+interpreter+9Cdo+Greece+November.jpg.html


and

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/9/greece+nk.jpg.html
Have you a photo of TSM James Sykes Lees ? If so please post a copy here and I will add it to our archive gallery and the Roll of Honour page (see link). If you have any problems you can email me via the email button below:

http://www.commandoveterans.org/Lees41RMComando
Hi Charles
There is a file size limit on the forum of 1 mb. If you have any problems uploading it just email it to me and I will add it.
Pete
Hello Charles
We do not hold service records and originally had no record of your Father. However I have checked and found details and now updated our archive. You can view a page in his name here:

http://www.commandoveterans.org/WilliamFry_3Commando

I have original copies of the documents mentioned in the above as sources so if you would like these please email me via the email button below. Also can you provide his date of death and I will update our Obituaries. If you have a photo of your Father you would like included in our archive please just scan and send me a copy. If taking a photo of a photo please try and avoid reflection or glare from the frame glass.

I believe this file also relates to your Father although it is closed under the 100 years rule but you can apply under the Freedom of Information Act. It is quite normal for this and it will be a transcript of the German Record Cards of Prisoners so will not give much more, if indeed anymore at all, than that is shown in the other documents.

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16843814

You can apply for a full copy of his military service record here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-records-of-deceased-service-personnel

Pete
 
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