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Edward John GILLING
17th November 1902 Lewisham, London - 2Q 1970 Croyden, Surrey

This is the transcript of your great uncle's citation for his 'mentioned in dispatches',

"During the action between No.VI Commando and a Battalion of Herman Goering Jaeger Regiment, Fus. Service?s section position was attacked by a party of enemy approx. 80 strong ? finally they were 40 yards away when Fus. Service picked up the Bren Gun and fired it from the hip. The enemy advanced shouting ?Jaeger, Jaeger!? Fus. Service was standing hose-piping them with his Bren Gun and shouting back ?Commando, Commando!?. He killed many Germans and set an example of high courage and esprit de corps to his Section."

Good luck with your research

The photograph was taken post-war. The ordinary ranks all wear 1947 pattern battledress blouses. The non-commissioned officers at the front appear to have the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment cap badges, the O.R. cap badges appear to be that of a different Regiment?

Do you have a higher definition copy of the photograph?

Good luck with your research
Here is a copy of your grandfather's attestation record, courtesy of Rob on WW2 Talk who photographed all of the Lincolnshire Regiment's AB358 record books.

Your grandfather's Battalion were trained as a specialised mountain warfare unit while garrisoned on Iceland. This was due to the Battalion's experiences during the Norwegian campaign in 1940.

Men of the 4th Lincolnshire Regiment at Skagge after marching 56 miles across the mountains to escape being cut off by the enemy, April 1940. A Norwegian soldier is seen examining one of their rifles. (photograph attached)

As a N.C.O., I believe that your grandfather would have been seconded to the Mountain and Snow Warfare Training Centre to to impart his knowledge and skills to Commandos who were posted there.

On WW2 Talk, there is your grandfather's entry in the Lincolnshire Regiment's attestation record books which makes interesting reading.

Good luck with your research


Two references for documents in the National Archives of Australia


martin dunn wrote:Hi all, I am trying to identify which unit my uncle was with on D-Day. He was Sgt in 3 Commando 4 Troop until wounded at Malati Bridge, Sicily in Aug 1943.

Sergeant Harry Johnson was posted to H.O.C. at Wrexham and features in this photograph of Officers and N.C.O.'s taken in June 1944.

These are two Jack Shears with a connection with Cardiff.

John Frederick SHEARS

John Henry SHEARS

" the insignia if I remember correctly was a dagger with a snake. "

I wondered if the insignia you remembered is the Royal Army Medical Corps cap badge, a snake with the staff of Aesculapius?

Good luck with your research

The men are Airborne troops and were attached to the 5th Parachute Brigade Head Quarters. The photograph was taken by Captain Malindine at R.A.F. Harwell prior to departing for Normandy on Operation Tonga.
The men all wear oversmocks which were designed to stop their equipment and weapons becoming entangled in their canopy lines when they parachuted, these were to be discarded on landing.
Good luck with your research

The Statutory Death Register (821/485) records Alexander's cause of death as "Traumatic rupture of the spleen."
Good luck with your research
MA 80,
Your grandfather Ronald Herbert Allen served with 4 Troop of No.3 Commando.
He originally enlisted in the Northamptonshire Regiment and then was transferred to the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment.

Your grandfather can be found found in this photograph aged 19, fourth row from the top on the far right

He took part in the Dieppe raid and saw action on Sicily and in Italy.
He appears in the 4 Troop photograph taken at Aci Castello, Sicily in November 1943 (2nd Row from the front, 6 from the left)

For administrative purposes only, he was transferred back to 4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment T.A. This was a Territorial Battalion that had been converted to a Search light unit attached to the Royal Artillery. That accounts for the Royal Artillery collar badge on your granfather's beret in the Sicily photograph.

You would need a copy of his service records to confirm when he joined No.3 Commando and if he remained with them when they returned to England in preparation for D-Day in january 1944.

Good luck with your research

Campo Concentramento Prigionieri Di Guerra n. 101?
Nick found a reference to S.A.COLLEY serving with both 12 & 6 Commando.
12 Commando were disbanded and the men were cross posted to other Army Commando units in August 1943.
6 Commando returned from North Africa and were billeted in Hove, Sussex prior to D-Day.

Do you have a photograph of Sidney that you could cross reference with Troop photographs in the gallery?

The war diaries for 6 Commando in Normandy are available to view on this website:

Hi Martin,

Sydney A COLLEY born in 1919, his mother's maiden name was Pedersen

James A COLLEY married Florence M PEDERSEN 3Q 1917 Sculcoates, Yorkshire

Florence M COLLEY born 1896, died in Hull in 1931 aged 35.

HI Nick & Martin,
Could this be Sydney?

Sydney A. COLLEY born 11th November 1919, he is an accounts department clerk residing at 36 Mayfield Street, Hull in the 1939 Register.

Sidney COLLEY 11th November 1919 - 3Q 2005 Camden, London

His father:

James Arthur COLLEY 31st May 1891 - 3Q 1979 Hull

There is an entry for him on the No.6 Commando site, stating that he was Army Dental Corps and served with 6 Troop, 6 Commando.

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