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The Commando Charioteers

The Commando Charioteers

CHUNG Ronald F (‘Ron’), Corporal, 1889265, Corps of Royal Engineers and 12 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

CHURCHER George, Lance Sergeant, 6897997, King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 3 Commando: ML 262

CLIBBORN William Cuthbert (‘Bill’), Lieutenant, 90842, Essex Regiment and 2/2 Commando: ML 447

COAKER V. Lance Corporal, 5620234, Devonshire Regiment and 3 Commando: ML 307

COBELLI Dominic, Lance Corporal, 5340537, (Royal Berkshire Regiment?) and 1/2 Commando: ML 446

COCKIN R, Lance Corporal, 3654681, South Lancashire Regiment and 4/2 Commando: ML 267

COPLAND William Oranmore, Major, 50169, South Lancashire Regiment and HQ/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (DSO)

COUGHLAN John (‘Joe’), Lance Corporal, 3781807, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 267 (age 30)

COULSON Garnett, Sapper, 1881715, Corps of Royal Engineers and 4 Commando: ML 268 (age 24)

COX Hugh Wilfred, Private, 2931801, Cameron Highlanders (Liverpool Scottish) and 5/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

CRIPPEN Ronald, Corporal, S/136147, Royal Army Service Corps and HQ/2 Commando: ML 447 (BEM Military Division)

CUDBY John, Fusilier, 6468006, Royal Fusiliers and 6/2 Commando: ML 177

CUNNINGHAM Henry Peter, Private, 3781746, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 267 (age 22)

DAVIS Stanley Berkeley Edward (‘Dai’), Lance Sergeant, 6459239, Royal Fusiliers and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown

DAWSON John William, Lance Corporal, 6465567, Royal Fusiliers and 6/2 Commando: ML 156

DAY Stanley Ambrose, Captain, 70873, Royal Corps of Signals and HQ/2 Commando: MGB 314 (MC)

DAY W. C, Lance Corporal, 1875966, Corps of Royal Engineers and 3 Commando: ML 262

De JONGHE Vicomte Arthur Jules Charles Baudoin, (Captain), 229494, SOE, attached to 2 Commando: ML 446

De La TORRE Luis Eric Rupert, Lance Corporal, 7611796, Royal Army Ordnance Corps and 3 Commando: ML 262

DEANS James, Corporal, 2079518, Corps of Royal Engineers and 9 Commando: ML 457 (age 23)

DEERY Stewart, Sergeant, 6977293, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and 12 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (MM)

DENISON Mallinson Charles (‘Bung’), Lieutenant, 145047, Royal Fusiliers and 3/2 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (MiD)

DIAMOND Thomas, Private, 3779240, King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and 4/2 Commando: ML 267

DICKENSON J, Private, 4748227, Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment and 3/2 Commando: ML 156

DOCKERILL Arthur Harry, Lance Sergeant, 940903, Royal Regiment of Artillery and 1 Commando: HMS Campbeltown (DCM)

DONALDSON John (‘Jock’), Lance Corporal, 2884838, Gordon Highlanders and 3/2 Commando : HMS Campbeltown (age 25)

DOUGLAS Edward (‘Ted’), Corporal, 2927913, Cameron Highlanders (Liverpool Scottish) and 5/2 Commando: ML 177 (MM

Maj. Bill Copland DSO

Aged 44 at the time of the raid, 'Major Bill', despite having been gassed at Passchendaele in the First War, was Colonel Newman's indispensible 'right arm' throughout the planning and execution of the raid.

In charge of all the Commando parties on board Campbeltown, he oversaw their speedy disembarkation all the time displaying an apparent disdain for the heavy fire already taking a toll of the men around him.

His own communications having also failed, he and his small team refused to leave the area of the dry dock before confirming that all essential demolitions had been completed. On rejoining his Colonel he helped organise and lead the last gallant charge across the lifting bridge before being finally taken prisoner along with the rest of the HQ party.

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